The Mississippi Master Naturalist Program
To develop an organization of knowledgeable volunteers to help promote conservation and management of Mississippi’s natural resources through education, outreach, and service within their communities.
- Improve public understanding of Mississippi’s natural resources and management by developing a pool of local knowledge that can enhance education efforts within local communities.
- To develop a Master Naturalist volunteer network.
- To expand the educational capabilities of Extension by the dissemination of natural resource management information to individuals and groups in the MS community.
Who is a Master Naturalist?
- An adult interested in nature
- An adult who wants to learn more about Mississippi’s fish, wildlife, and ecosystems.
- A person who has passion to give back to their community
Past participants have include people from all walks of life including retired professionals, young professionals, stay-at-home parents, nature guides, hunters, nature tourism operators, farmers, and natural resource professionals.
Become a Master Naturalist
The Master Naturalist Program provides natural resource training to individuals in exchange for outreach and service educational efforts in natural resources and environmental awareness programs in your community.
- Register for a Basic Course nearest to you
- Complete 40 hour Basic Course (Field and classroom instruction)
- Obtain at least 8 contact hours of advanced training annually
- Complete 40 hours of volunteer service annually