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Sarah Fellerer
Program Coordinator, Master Gardeners/Master Naturalists
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
FAX: 630-584-4610

Master Naturalists

Master Naturalists

We all have a responsibility to protect the natural resources in the places where we live in order to ensure our world is fit for the future. The University of Illinois Extension partners with local agencies to accomplish the Master Naturalist mission.

The DuPage/Kane/Kendall County Master Naturalist program is designed to educate and train a corps of volunteers to provide support in the conservation, management, and interpretation of natural resources. The program provides science based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards. 

The training will prepare volunteer Master Naturalists to more effectively participate in local environmental education and stewardship. They will learn about and may participate in citizen scientist activities. They will be able to share their knowledge, skills, and passion about the natural world with others so they also can become more engaged. Volunteer work includes, but is not limited to:

Assisting in natural areas management

Teaching adults or children about natural areas

Demonstrations and presentations to local groups

Act as a liaison between natural resource agencies and the public

Serving as a resource person to groups in need of natural resource assistance

Participate in citizen scientist activities

The next training session is tentatively scheduled for fall of 2020. Topics for training will be selected from the following: Ecological concepts, geology, archaeology, botany, forest ecology, grassland, ecology, ornithology, mammology, herpetology, entomology, wetlands and aquatic life. Initial training is approximately 40 hours of classroom and field trips.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this Extension program, please contact our office.