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Published January 2, 2019

Master Naturalist Training Program coming to Camdenton

CAMDENTON – Those interested in becoming a Master Naturalist can sign up for the Master Naturalist certification training course to be held in Camdenton from February 27 through May 22.

The Missouri Master Naturalist program is a community-based, adult natural resource education and volunteer program designed to engage Missourians in the stewardship of the state’s natural resources.

“A little of your time and a desire to learn how to care for the environment are all you need to sign up for the program,” a spokesman said. “The Missouri Master Naturalist program and professional natural resource experts will provide the training needed to get started.”

The next Master Naturalist certification training course starts with an orientation on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at the MO Department of Conservation Office in Camdenton.

Classes will then commence on February 27 and run through May 22. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. at the MO Department of Conservation office in Camdenton.

In addition, three Saturday field trips are included in the program. Field trip dates have yet to be finalized.

The 50-hour course will teach participants about Missouri’s natural resource ecology and management. After graduation, participants are asked to provide 40 hours of volunteer service on land management, citizen science, education, and other conservation related projects in the local community and achieve eight hours of continued education annually.

To maintain Master Naturalist certification volunteers continue to contribute 40 hours of service and achieve eight hours of advanced training annually.

Camden County currently has an active Master Naturalist Chapter in place whose membership is comprised of over 50 individuals that have completed the Master Naturalist training program over the past six years.

To learn more about the local Chapter’s efforts visit them online at

You must be 18 or older to enroll. The enrollment fee is $100. For more information or to sign up for the class contact the Camden County Extension Center, 573-346-2644 or or Patricia Barrett, Facilitator, at

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