The Missouri Department of Conservation works to sustain healthy forests, fish, and wildlife.
The department relies on citizen science, private landowners and community engagement to further these efforts. That’s the idea behind the Missouri Master Naturalist program.
The program for adults develops a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide outreach, education and service dedicated to natural resources conservation within their local communities.
The conservation department will offer new volunteer training classes for Missouri Master Naturalists in Camdenton, Columbia, and Rolla this spring.
To join any of these classes, participants must attend a free orientation on the respective dates listed below.
Following the orientation, each participant will need to register for the full training course and pay an enrollment fee, which will cover costs for class materials. Participants must be at least 18 years old to register.
Class sizes are limited, and early registration is encouraged.
Class will be held as follows:
— The Lake Ozarks Chapter Orientation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at the MDC Office, 783 Thunder Mountain Road in Camdenton, Missouri.
Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, and three Saturday field sessions, scheduled from Feb. 27 to May 22
To register for this orientation, call 573.346.2210. The enrollment deadline is Jan. 30. Class enrollment fees are $100.
— The Boone’s Lick Chapter Orientation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 6, at the MU Extension Office, 1012 N. Highway UU in Columbia, Missouri.
Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, and four field sessions on Saturdays, from Mar. 6 through May 15
To register for this orientation, call 573.445.9792. Enrollment fees are $95. The deadline to enroll is Feb. 8.
— The Meramec Hills Chapter Orientation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Mozarkite Room, located at 1251 Gale Drive in Rolla.
Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, and three field sessions on Saturdays from Mar. 6 through May 22.
To register for this orientation, call 573.578.2976. Enrollment fees are $100. The enrollment deadline is Feb. 8.
For information, visit mdc.mo.gov.