Master Naturalist Program

Master Naturalist Program

October 1, 2022 | Environmental Education

The Master Naturalist program began in Colorado in the 1970's. This monumental structure which encourages environmental stewardship through empowering citizens with nonprofit subsided education in ecological sciences.

These classes are broken down into all demeanors of science such as:

You learn about your local environment usually the county you live in. You will have each class curriculum developed by and taught by leading scientists in your area from nonprofits, business and the government highlighting the unique characteristics of the land as well as current problems which scientists are tasked with. Whether it be remediating or lessening the impact of these problems, this valuable program welcomes the community and the broad knowledge of cross occupational and life experiences as a exponential benefit as it relates to solving problems.

Studying Concepts Related to Ecological Stewardship such as:

The Master Naturalist program, currently is available in 34 states, helps further environmental knowledge with the intent to encourage the protection of and remediation of natural habitats.


For more information on applying for the Master Naturalist Program find the program in your state from the list below:


The Entire cost varies from state to state but you can expect to pay around $300 - $450 for the entire class.


Background Check Required 

Sample Curriculum

Class 1           8/9/22 (Tuesday) 6-8:30 p.m.

Introductions; PA   Master Naturalist Program; Ecoregions of PA 

Class 2           8/16/22 (Tuesday) 6-8:30 p.m.

PA Geology, Soils,   Weather & Climate


Field Trip 1     8/20/22 (Saturday) 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Introduction to   Field Geology


Class 3           8/23/22 (Tuesday) 6-8:30 p.m.

Introduction to   Ecological Concepts: Communities and Biological Diversity; Introduction to   Biological Classification and Naming

Class 4           8/30/22 (Tuesday) 6-8:30 p.m.

Water in the   Landscape — Watersheds and Wetland Communities


Class 5          9/6/22 (Tuesday) 6-8:30 p.m.

Introduction to   Plant Communities. Introduction to Capstone Projects 

Field Trip 2    9/10/22 (Saturday) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Aquatic and Plant   Communities


Class 6          9/13/22 (Tuesday) 6-8:30 p.m.

Interpretation and   Field Instruction 

Class 7          9/20/22 (Tuesday) 6-8:30 p.m.

Introduction to   Ornithology and Entomology

Class 8          9/27/22 (Tuesday) 6-8:30 p.m.

Introduction to   Mammalogy and Herpetology 


Field Trip 3    10/1/22 (Saturday) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Field Ornithology,   Mammalogy, Entomology and Herpetology


Class 9         10/4/22 (Tuesday) 6-8:30 p.m.

Ecological   Restoration & Stewardship/Urban Ecology Issues


Class 10       10/11/22 (Tuesday)   6-8:30 p.m.

Citizen   Science/Volunteer Opportunities 


Field Trip 4   10/15/22 (Saturday) 9   a.m. – 1 p.m.

Restoration &   Conservation Projects 


Class 11      10/18/22 (Tuesday)   6-8:30 p.m.

Student   Presentations

Class 12     10/25 (Tuesday)   6-8:30 p.m.

Being a PA Master Naturalist; Assessment & Evaluations (student presentations continued if more time needed)