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Sarah Ruth
Program Coordinator, Horticulture and Natural Resources
University of Illinois Extension
901 Illinois Avenue
PO Box 117
Waterloo, IL 62298
Phone: 618-939-3434
FAX: 618-939-7708

Master Naturalists

Master Naturalists

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The Master Naturalist program promotes education and involvement of local adult citizens with a broad range of opportunities in conservation and natural habitat restoration.  It is a fun way to learn more about nature, meet like-minded individuals, and help the local environment and community.  Science-based education and learning opportunities are provided to connect individuals with nature and help them become engaged naturalists.

Training sessions are provided both in the classroom and field.  Topics include:  entomology, herpetology, ornithology, geology, climatology, botany, mammals, prairie, forest, wetlands, and ecology.  Each topic area is provided with an array of additional resources and references for further exploration.

Master Naturalists volunteer and complete continuing education to retain their cerification.  Volunteer opportunities include:  conducting adult and youth education workshops, prairie and nature area restorations, eagle and other bird counts, dragonfly studies, invasive species control, wetland and forestry native development, and fauna and flora identification.

The title "Master Naturalist" is only used when conducting unpaid volunteer work with the University of Illinois Extension program.