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Missouri Master Naturalists

Melvin Johnson MEEA Board Member and Missouri Master Naturalist Melvin Johnson writes about the Missouri Master Naturalist Program.

The Missouri Master Naturalist Program is a community based natural resource awareness education and volunteer program.  Its purpose is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide awareness education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities, region and for the State of Missouri. 

The program was created in 2004 as a partnership between the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and University of Missouri Extension.  These two organizations are the sponsors of the program at the state level.  The result is the current 12-Missouri Master Naturalist Chapters throughout Missouri.

Chapter Volunteers participate in projects, presentations and training that run the gamut.  Projects might include:  collecting, cleaning and planting native seeds; collecting data for fish, watersheds, wildlife and plant inventories; invasive species removal; habitat restoration; interpretive trail maintenance; maintaining native plant areas and naturescaping demonstration areas; prairie restorations; stream management; and working with private landowners or community leaders in developing natural resource management plans.  Presentations and trainings might include:  cave and karsts awareness education; natural resource interpretation for agencies, groups, organizations and schools; outdoor safety awareness education; outdoor skills development; wildlife awareness education such as bats, birds, black bears, butterflies, cougars, elk, snakes, turtles, etc.

The Springfield Plateau Missouri Master Naturalist Chapter provides volunteers for and mentors some of the teenagers attending the annual GLADE (Green Leadership Academy to Diverse Ecosystems) Camp at the Missouri State University Bull Shoals Field Station. It also sponsors and mentors two youth – teen groups:  MDC Jr. Leaders and the Conservation Venturing Crew 2006 (in partnership with MDC and the Boy Scouts of America).  The MDC Jr. Leaders group has become noted in parts of SW Missouri for its Snake Awareness and Safety Education Presentations - involving live Missouri native snakes - to both students and the public.  In 2016 one of the MDC Jr. Leaders volunteered 293-hours, while another volunteered 235.5-hours.  Both youth – teen groups team up to have a large booth display in the areas of Bat and Cave Awareness, Outdoor Safety Awareness and Snake Awareness at major events in the Springfield Metro Area.

For more information on the Missouri Master Naturalist Program and the 12-Chapters please go to http://extension.missouri.edu/masternaturalist/.

The MEEA List of Things to Know About Missouri Master Naturalists

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Registration is open for the November 3-4 at the Kansas City Zoo for the 2017 Green Schools and Environmental Education Conference!

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