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.
The Iowa Master Naturalists (IMN) program offers approximately 40 hours of instruction for a cost of $250. To be certified as an Iowa Master Naturalist, students are expected to attend all classes and at least four out of the ten field trips (students may miss one evening class without endangering their certification status). After graduation from the didactic portion of the course, students then have a year to fulfill the internship requirement for certification. This portion of the certification process 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. IMN 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 Aquatic Invertebrates
Iowa Amphibians and Reptiles
Iowa Night Skies
For more information about the Iowa Master Naturalists program, contact Elisabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa Master Naturalists is a 501c3 nonprofit, and is run entirely by volunteers.