Contact Us

Jennifer Fishburn
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
700 S. Airport Drive
Springfield, IL 62707
Phone: 217-782-4617
FAX: 217-524-6662
fishburn@illinois.edu

Master Naturalists

Master Naturalists

The mission of the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist program is to provide science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards.

Program Information

The Master Naturalist program provides opportunities for adult volunteers to learn about their state's natural history, environment, and conservation issues.

The University of Illinois Extension, Logan-Menard-Sangamon program is designed to train volunteers in natural resources, so they can become natural area stewards, educators, and advocates. The program provides science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and helps them become engaged environmental stewards. The following subjects are taught during the two week program: Ecological Concepts, Geology, Anthropology, Botany, Forest Ecology, Grassland Ecology, Ornithology, Mammology, Herpetology, and Entomology.

The Master Naturalist program is a combination of education and volunteer services. With the help of local experts, U of I Extension provides the educational support for the program, while the internship service time will be done with partners:  Lincoln Memorial Garden, Illinois Audubon Society at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, the Friends of the Sangamon Valley and Logan County Park and Trails- Kickapoo Creek Park.

Logan-Menard-Sangamon Unit generally offers training one day per week from August to October.  Applications are generally due by August 1.  Indiduals interested in learning more about the program or receiving an application, please contact our office at (217) 782-4617.