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Jason Haupt
Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship
University of Illinois Extension
15411 N IL 100 Highway
Lewistown, IL 61542-9468
Phone: 309-547-3711
FAX: 309-547-3713

Christine Belless
Program Coordinator, Ag and Natural Resources
University of Illinois Extension
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472

Paula Lane
Office Support Assistant
University of Illinois Extension
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308

Master Naturalists

Master Naturalists

Volunteer Opportunities

Primary Partners – No additional approval needed to do volunteer activities

  1. The Nature Conservancy – Emiquon
  2. Dickson Mounds Museum
  3. Therkildsen Field Station, University of Illinois-Springfield
  4. Emiquon Corps of Discovery
  5. Peoria Park District, including Forest Park Nature Center and Camp Wokanda
  6. Wildlife Prairie State Park
  7. Jubilee College State Park (Prairie Dawgs)
  8. Fondulac Park District, East Peoria
  9. Pekin Park District, including work at the Soldwedel Program Center

Secondary Partner Projects - approved

Secondary Partners – Need additional approval to do these (many possibilities)

  • Natural History Survey
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife
  • Park Districts
  • Area conservation districts (NRCS)
  • State Parks and recreation areas
  • Community Colleges: Illinois Central College and Spoon River College
  • Others?

Project Tasks include:

  • Natural resource stewardship – planning, wildlife and vegetation monitoring, prescribed burning, trail work, invasives removal, etc.
  • Educational efforts – provide environmental education to the public
  • Administrative efforts – behind the scenes work on newsletters, planning conferences or workshops, etc.

Levels of Master Naturalists

  • Trainee – successfully completed initial training requirements
  • Intern – time between graduation and completing initial 60 required hours of volunteer service (have 24 months to complete service)
  • Active – completed initial 30 hours of service. To maintain active status, need 30 volunteer service hours and 10 continuing education hours yearly.