Iowa Master Naturalists is a 501c3 nonprofit 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.
The Iowa Master Naturalists (IMN) program offers approximately 40 hours of instruction for a cost of $250. Because of continued concerns about Covid 19 variants, the fall IMN course will be a hybrid of online and in-person instruction. Many lectures delivered in an online format, but there will be weekly in-person meetings and field trips. Completion of the didactic part of the IMN program will require taking a short quiz over each week’s presentation. Students will also be asked to and share their own nature observations with the group on a weekly basis, and attend at least four field trips. After graduation from the didactic portion of the course, students then have a year to fulfill the internship requirement for certification. This internship requires completion of at least 40 hours of volunteer work on environmental education, stewardship, or citizen science projects (or a combination thereof), and 8 hours of advanced training. To re-certify annually requires 40 hours of volunteer service, and eight hours of advanced training.
Each session is a little different, but topics covered in recent courses include:
Iowa Aquatic Invertebrates
Iowa Amphibians and Reptiles
Iowa Night Skies
Iowa Master Naturalists is a 501c3 nonprofit, and is run entirely by volunteers.