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Welcome to the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program!
The mission of the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program is to promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of Minnesota’s natural environment by developing a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within their communities.
Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world, shares that knowledge with others, and supports conservation can be a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. If you enjoy hiking, bird watching, following tracks, or identifying wildflowers, you'll love being a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers are a motivated group of fun and interesting people: teachers, retired professionals, nature guides, hunters, eco-tour operators, farmers, and...YOU!
Becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist is easy!
1) Create an account by clicking on "My Account".
2) Register and pay to take a course - either Big Woods Big Rivers, North Woods Great Lakes, or Prairies and Potholes.
3) Complete the course and you are a MN Master Naturalist!
Minnesota Master Naturalists are required to log 40 hours of volunteer service and participate in 8 hours of advanced training annually.
The Minnesota Master Naturalist Program is a joint effort of the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
- Your neighborhood
- Your local natural areas
- Minnesota’s state parks and public lands
- Family and friends
- School groups
- People visiting nature centers
- Monitor local natural areas
- Restore ecosystems
- Assist with research
- Collect scientific data