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Mary Nelson
Program Coordinator, Ag and Natural Resources - Whiteside County
University of Illinois Extension
12923 Lawrence Road
Sterling, IL 61081
Phone: 815-632-3611
FAX: 815-716-8922

Master Naturalist

Master Naturalist

Partnering Agencies

The Master Naturalist program partners with numerous local environmental agencies and organizations to ensure an extraordinary learning experience for all participants.

Partners offer a variety of services to the Master Naturalist program. They provide class instructors, meeting facilities, use of their parks and preserves and much more. They also have a variety of volunteer opportunities for interested Master Naturalists. Program partners are:


  • City of Rock Falls
  • Dixon Park District
  • Friends of Nachusa Grasslands
  • Lowell Park Nature Preserve
  • Whiteside Area Natural Area Guardians
  • Illinois Audubon Society
  • Carroll, Lee & Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – Whiteside County
  • Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center
  • Eagle Nature Foundation
  • Sauk Valley Community College
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Regional Office Of Education #47
  • Erie Public Library
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Franklin Grove Creek and Preservation
  • Sterling Public Library
  • Odell Public Library
  • Andresen Nature Center
  • YMCA Camp Benson
  • Campbell Center For Historic Preservation
  • Sterling RockFalls YMCA
  • Whiteside County Farm Bureau
  • Happytails Humane Society