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University of Illinois Extension serving DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties

Macon County
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-877-6042
FAX: 217-877-4564
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

DeWitt County
8425 Katie Road
Clinton, IL 61727
Phone: 217-935-5764
FAX: 217-935-8932
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Piatt County
210 South Market Street
Monticello, IL 61856
Phone: 217-762-2191
FAX: 217-762-2703
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Upcoming Events

Become a Master Naturalist

September 5 - November 14, 2017
(6:00 PM - 9:00 PM )

The program educates and trains adult volunteers so they are better equipped to share natural resource information with others in their
communities and to assist with environmental conservation and restoration activities. 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. University of Illinois Extension partners with local
agencies to accomplish the Master Naturalist mission is providing science-based educational opportunities that connect people with
nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards.

Throughout the 11-week program, participants gain knowledge and have a better understanding of the following topics:
      Geology ▪ Soils ▪ Weather & Climate ▪ Wetlands
      Understanding the Natural World ▪ Ethics
      Entomology ▪ Prairie ▪ Botany ▪ Forests ▪ Rivers & Streams
      Natural Divisions ▪ Ornithology ▪ Herpetology & Mammalogy

As part of the hands-on learning process, participants go on field trips throughout Illinois. Previously visited sites include Great River Museum, Pere Marquette State Park, Emiquon Nature Conservancy, Rock Springs Nature Center.

Only 60 volunteers hours are needed for certification.
Only 30 hours are needed yearly to remain certified.

During the first year as a trainee, no additional continuing education hours are required. Only 10 continuing education hours needed yearly
to maintain certification.

You must be 18 years or older, enjoy the outdoors, enjoy stewardship projects and have the desire to become a Master Naturalist. No previous experience is necessary to be a part of this program.

Master Naturalist classes are held September 5 through November 14. Classes are held every Tuesday evening from 6 until 9pm and are held at various locations. Two or three Saturday field trips are also part of the training.

While the cost of the 11-week program is $150, participants may be eligible for partial fee waivers from University of Illinois Extension. Please contact us for details.

Thanks to community partners, classes will also be hosted in conjunction with Rock Springs Nature Center, Scovill Zoo and Macon County Conservation District.

Be a part of environmental stewardship in your community! Illinois Master Naturalist projects are unlimited in scope and include wonderful outreach within the community. Teach a child how to fish, plant oak seedlings, build trails or restore prairie habitat in your efforts to practice natural environmental stewardship.

Are you interested in receiving information such as when the next Master Naturalist class will begin, area events of interest, volunteer
opportunities, continuing education opportunities and more? Send your name, address and email address to or call Dena at 217.877.6042 and we will send you our newsletters and invites to upcoming events.

If you would like additional information about the Master Naturalist Program or have questions, please contact Dena Hyde at 217.877.6042 or

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