- About This Program
- 1. What is a Master Naturalist?
- 2. How do I Become One?
- 3. Our Sponsors
- 4. Our Partners
- 5. Our Organization
- 6. Volunteer and Education Opportunities
- 7. Current Projects
- 7a. Ash Tree Surveys
- 8. Success Stories
- 9. Training Materials
- Calendar of Events
- Field Notes Newsletter
- Forms and Downloads
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Online Volunteer Hour Reporting System
- Useful References
- 2019 Gardening Conference
Register by January 22, 2019
Online Forms and Surveys
Read the Latest News
- Archived - A Nature Journal Blog
Experience the natural world with east central Illinois master naturalists
- The Garden Scoop Blog
Featuring 'In the Garden' News-Gazette articles by Ryan Pankau, Horticulture Educator, and other horticulture articles.
- Crop, Stock and Ledger
Crop, Stock and Ledger covers a variety of agricultural and natural resources issues.
- ECIMN Photo Contest - 2016
- ECIMN Photo Contest - 2015
- ECIMN Photo Contest - 2014
- National Public Lands Day
- Grand Prairie Friends Plant Sale
- Hunting for Mussels
- I-72 Prairie in Bloom
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
Champaign, IL 61821
East Central Illinois Master Naturalists
The Master Naturalist program provides opportunities for adult volunteers to learn about their state's natural history, environment, and conservation issues. Master Naturalist programs promote nature-based community service by citizen volunteers and provide continuing education opportunities. Over 45 states, including Illinois, have Master Naturalist programs.
The East-Central Illinois Master Naturalist (ECIMN) Program, established in 2005, is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension covering Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion Counties, Champaign County Forest Preserve District, and Urbana Park District, and is available to residents of Central Illinois. Our current team of 230 Master Naturalists have contributed over 57,000 hours of service valued at $1,197,000 to Central Illinois.
Any adult can join ECIMN and become a Master Naturalist. It does not require a degree or years of experience. You do, however, need to complete the education and volunteer requirements and have a desire to positively impact your community. Read on to learn more about becoming a Master Naturalist in East-Central Illinois!