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Up until 2008 we knew of a few Master Naturalist or Master Watershed Steward Programs that were connected with volunteer monitoring/citizen science, and Extension. Those were listed along with other volunteer monitoring programs on our website. Then in 2008, we learned of many more Master Naturalist programs across the United States - many with Extension and volunteer monitoring connections. So, we developed a listing of these programs to provide easy access to them and link them with the Extension Volunteer Monitoring Network. Please let us know if you know of a program not listed here. Also visit the Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs (ANROSP) website to learn more about these programs.

Alabama Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored ArizonaCooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored
Arkansas California Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored

UC Master Naturalist
Adina Merenlender
Hopland Research and Extension Center 4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 ext 106

ColoradoCooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored Colorado


  Florida Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored

Idaho Master Naturalist Program
Sara Focht

Statewide Coordinator
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
PO Box 25
Boise ID 83707
(208) 921-6933

Chapter Leaders' Contact Information

IllinoisCooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored IndianaCooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored

Henry, Mercer, Rock Island & Stark Counties' Master Naturalists
Tracy Jo Mulliken
Program Coordinator, Horticulture and Agriculture
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
(309) 756-9978

Indiana Master Naturalist
Ginger Murphy, State Coordinator
Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
402 W. Washington, Room W298
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-4143
Maine Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored Maryland Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored
Maine Watershed Steward Program (1996)
Laura Wilson
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5741
Phone: (207) 581-2971
MinnesotaCooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored Missouri Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored

Minnesota Master Naturalist
Amy Rager
Minnesota Master Naturalist
University of Minnesota
46352 State Hwy 329
Morris MN 56267
(320) 589-7045

Rob Blair
Minnesota Master Naturalist
University of Minnesota
1980 Folwell Ave Suite 200
Saint Paul MN 55108
(612) 624-2198

Additional contacts
General contact number: (320) 589-1711

Missouri Master Naturalist
Syd Hime
Missouri Department of Conservation
PO Box 180
Jefferson City MO 65102
(573) 751-4115 ext 3370

Bob Pierce
University of Missouri Extension
302 ABNR, Fisheries and Wildlife
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-4337


Nevada Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored New Hampshire Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored

Nevada Naturalist Program
M L Robinson
University of Nevada
8050 Paradise Rd Suite 100
Las Vegas NV 89123
(702) 257-5529

New Hampshire Coverts Project
Emma Carcagno
Action Project Coordinator
UNH Cooperative Extension
211 Nesmith Hall
131 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824-3597
(603) 862-2512

New Jersey New York

Volunteer Master Naturalist program
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Continuing Studies
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205-9441

Quality Parks Master Naturalist
Mindy Block
P.O. Box 143
Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0143
(631) 473-6760

Ohio Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored Oklahoma Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program
Joe Bonnell
Program Director
School of Environment & Natural Resources
The Ohio State University
2021 Coffey Rd
Koftman Hall 367B
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-9383

Oklahoma Master Naturalist
Marley Beem
Oklahoma State University
303D Ag Hall
0083 Ag Hall
Stillwater, OK 74077
(405) 744-3854

Oregon Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored Oregon Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored

Oregon Master Naturalist Program
Jason P. O'Brien
Program Coordinator
Oregon Master Naturalist Program
Oregon State University
321 Richardson Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-3856

Oregon Master Watershed Stewards
Jason P. O'Brien
Program Coordinator
Oregon Master Naturalist Program
Oregon State University
321 Richardson Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-3856

Megan Kleibacker
Watershed Education Program Associate
Oregon Sea Grant Extension, 1600 SW Western Blvd, Suite 350
Corvallis, OR 97333
(541) 737-8715

Pennsylvania South Carolina

Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education
Michelle Kittell
Executive Director
116 Market St.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 245-8518

South Carolina Master Naturalist Program
Karen C. Hall, Ph.D.
Dept. of Forestry & Natural Resources
261 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson, SC 29634

Tennessee Texas Cooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored

Tennessee Master Naturalists
Andrea English
State Wildlife Grants Program
P.O. Box 41489
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 781-6626

Texas Master Naturalist
Michelle Haggerty
State Coordinator
309 Sidney Baker South
Kerrville, Texas 78028
(830) 896-2504

UtahCooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored VirginiaCooperative Extension-sponsored or co-sponsored
Utah Master Naturalist Program
Mark Larese-Casanova
Utah State University
5210 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322-5210
(435) 797-8060
Virginia Master Naturalist Program
Alycia Crall
460 Stagecoach Road
Charlottesville VA 22902
(434) 872-4580


Updated Saturday, 23-Feb-2013 09:53:26 CST

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