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Kathleen Branigan
Extra Help Extension Program Coordinator - Master Naturalist
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855

Valerie Kehoe
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
8753 South Greenwood Avenue Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60619
Phone: 773-233-2900
FAX: 773-233-9183

Abigail Garofalo
Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship
University of Illinois Extension
Enterprise Center
2205 Enterprise Drive, Suite 501
Westchester, IL 60154
Phone: 708-449-4320
FAX: 708-492-1805

Master Naturalists in Cook County

Master Naturalists in Cook County

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The application for the 2019 Master Naturalist training is now closed. Next Year's applications will open in March 2020.

Nature surrounds us. Nature is in your neighborhood, in your backyard, and in your house. Becoming more educated about nature and the environment can increase your awareness and appreciation of it,  enriching your everyday life and forming a connection to the natural world. In the tradition of John Muir, John James Audubon, and even Teddy Roosevelt, as a naturalist you can contribue to conservation and a greener world. You can also play an important role in sharing that world with others in your community. 

The Master Naturalist program provides science-based educational opportunities to connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards. It is designed to educate and train a corps of volunteers to provide support in conservation, management, and interpretation on the area's natural resources. Our volunteers serve at least 30 hours in the community and receive 10 hours of continuing education annually.

For more information e-mail the interim Master Naturalist Extension Program Coordinator, Val Kehoe at

Please visit our Facebook page, University of Illinois Extension - Cook County Master Naturalists , to see what the Cook County Master Naturalists are up to.

The Cook County Master Naturalist Program is run through the University of Illinois Extension serving Cook County. All funds maintained by University of Illinois Extension.

The geographic area covered by the Cook County Master Naturalists is all of Cook County, Illinois

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