Anyone 18 or older can become a Master Naturalist. It does not require a degree or years of experience.  You must be willing to devote time to volunteering and to continuing education.

Adult trainees in the Master Naturalist program will:

  • Learn basic principles about the natural world
  • Learn about the interdependent nature of the plants and animals in the various ecosystems of Illinois
  • Learn animals specific to Illinois such as mammals, insects, reptiles, fish, and birds
  • Learn how everyone is part of and impacts nature in rural or urban areas
  • Learn practical techniques for both teaching about and managing natural areas