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. 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. 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
Because of the uncertainty associated with the pandemic, we are not offering a summer course. We will make a decision about a Fall 2020 course in mid-August. If you have questions about the IMN program or want to be on our email notification list, direct your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa Master Naturalists is a 501c3 nonprofit, and is run entirely by volunteers.