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Sherry Thomas
Extension Program Coordinator, Ag and Natural Resources
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
sgthomas@illinois.edu

Reid Young
Extension Program Coordinator, Ag and Natural Resources
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
ryoun@illinois.edu

Bill Davison
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
wdavison@illinois.edu

Illinois Grand Prairie Master Naturalists

Illinois Grand Prairie Master Naturalists

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Training Classes

University of Illinois Extension will offer the Illinois Master Naturalist training during the fall of each odd numbered year.

Candidates are adults ages 18 and over who are committed to life-long learning and stewardship of local resources. They must be members of the local community who are interested in habitats, ecosystems, natural resources and the environment and who are willing to devote time to volunteering and on-going training.

The training courses are typically offered on Fridays, 9 AM – 4:00 PM, from August - October. Once accepted, trainees will be required to attend all training classes, led by University of Illinois Extension educators and regional scientists. The training consists of approximately 70 hours of classroom instruction and field instruction.

Applications may be submitted via Online Submission. Space is limited.

  • If you need assistance completing the online application, call 309-663-8306.

Acceptance criteria may include:

  • Date of submission of your application
  • Availibility to attend trainings
  • Ability to commit to internship projects
  • Meeting background check requirements
  • Communication skills
  • Orientation meeting
    • Interest in Natural Resources
    • Interest in sharing knowledge with others
    • Open mindedness

If a waiting list becomes necessary, applicants will be notified shortly after submission of application. To request further information, please contact Reid Young, Program Coordinator, at 309-663-8306 or ryoun@illinois.edu.

Partners for Master Naturalist training and programs are:

  • Heartland Community College
  • Parklands Foundation
  • Illinois Prairie Wild Ones
  • McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Fugate Woods