Master Naturalists learn to be effective volunteers in their community working in several areas, including outreach and education, stewardship, and citizen science. Some of this work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Assisting in the stewardship of local natural areas
  • Participating in citizen scientist activities
  • Teaching adults or children about natural areas
  • Giving demonstrations and presentations to local groups
  • Serving as a liaison between natural resource agencies and the public
  • Serving as a resource person to groups in need of natural resource assistance
  • Completing natural resource-related office work with special interest groups or not-for-profit agencies
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Organizations and Programs where you can find our Master Naturalists:

  • TrailWatch
  • Conservation@Home
  • The Field Museum
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County
  • Fridays in the Field: Little Red Schoolhouse
  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Lake Katherine Nature Center
  • Midewin National Tallgrass Prairies
  • Mighty Acorns
  • Openlands Birds in my Neighborhood
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Skokie Lagoons
  • Treekeepers
  • Project Feeder Watch
  • Bluebird Monitoring Program