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