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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 Summer 2019 Iowa Master Naturalists course will be hosted by the Swiss Valley Nature Center, located near Dubuque (13606 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA).  Classes begin Mon, June 10 and meet every Monday evening from 6:00-9:00 PM though Aug 26.  Field trips are held on Saturdays. The cost is $250.00, which covers 40 hours of instruction and all materials. To apply, download an application form by clicking HERE, (or you can click on the Summer 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.