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University of Illinois Extension serving DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties

Kane County
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
FAX: 630-584-4610
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Master Gardener: M-F 10 am to 2 pm

DuPage County
1100 E. Warrenville Road
Suite 170
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-955-1123
FAX: 630-955-1180
Hours: M 11am - 7pm; Tu-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm Master Gardener: Tu-W-Thu 9 am to 12 pm

Kendall County
7775-B Illinois Route 47
Yorkville, IL 60560
Phone: 630-553-5823
FAX: 630-553-5871
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Master Gardener: M-F 9 am to 12:30 pm

News Release

Master Naturalist Applications Now Being Accepted

Next Training Program Begins in August

Do you have a passion for conservation and natural resources? Are you interested in volunteer opportunities? University of Illinois Extension will begin a new season of its Master Naturalist training program, for DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties, in August.

The University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist program is designed to educate and train a corps of volunteers who specialize in conservation, management and interpretation of our natural resources. The program provides science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards.

Training sessions will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from August 22 through October 24, 2018, plus three Saturday morning field trips. Topics are presented by local experts and include botany, herpetology, ornithology, prairies, watersheds, mammals, entomology and more. Master Naturalist volunteers are required to complete 35 hours of classroom and field education, in addition to 60 hours of volunteer time.

Volunteer projects vary widely in the Master Naturalist program. Volunteers collaborate with local agencies on projects such as butterfly, frog, snake and rare plant monitoring, prairie restoration, invasive species control, and injured animal care. In 2017, a corps of 55 active Master Naturalists volunteered more than 4,195 hours working with local and national organizations such as the DuPage, Kane and Kendall Forest Preserves, Fermi Lab, and The Conservation Foundation.

Interested applicants are invited to fill out the application form at Space is limited. Accepted applicants pay a $300 registration fee which covers classroom and field training, as well as the full-color Illinois Master Naturalist Manual.

To learn more, visit the Master Naturalist page at or visit the Illinois Master Naturalist website:

If you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the application form mailed, contact Sarah Fellerer at 630-553-5823 or at If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please make this known when you apply.

Local Contact: Sarah Fellerer, Program Coordinator, Master Gardeners,