Iowa Master Naturalists is a 501c3 nonprofit and is run entirely by volunteers. Our mission to educate a corps of adult volunteers about Iowa’s environment and natural history, thus empowering them to promote awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural world in their communities.

Provisional certification through the Iowa Master Naturalists program requires attendance of all classes and field trips (for a total of ~40 hours of instruction).  Cost of the basic training program is $250.00.  Full certification requires an additional eight hours of advanced training and 40 hours of volunteer service, both of which must be completed within 12 months of provisional certification.  To re-certify annually requires 40 hours of volunteer service, and eight hours of advanced training.

The Spring 2019 course will run from March 18 through June 3 and will be a hosted by the Conservation Education Center at FW Kent park in Johnson county.  Classes will meet on Monday evenings from 6:00-9:00 PM, with most field trips held on Saturdays.  To download an application form for the 2019 IMN course, click HERE  You can also click the “Spring 2019 Application Form” button in the menu at the top of this page.

Each session is a little different, but topics covered in recent courses include:
Iowa Geology
Iowa Insects
Iowa Mammals
Iowa Fish
Iowa Aquatic Invertebrates
Iowa Amphibians and Reptiles
Iowa Birds
Iowa Fungi
Iowa Night Skies
Iowa Prairies
Iowa Woodlands
Iowa Archeology 

For more information about the Iowa Master Naturalists program, contact Elisabeth at info@iowamasternaturalists.org 

Iowa Master Naturalists is a 501c3 nonprofit, and is run entirely by volunteers.