The Iowa Master Naturalists program was established by Maya Ogren in 2015. Ms Ogren completed her Naturalists Certification at Kirkwood Community College in 1999. She grew her craft through years of experience with the National Park Service and earned her Master Naturalist Certification in the state of Texas. She dedicated her life to education, conservation and inspiring a commitment to the natural world. Although she passed away just a year after she founded IMN, the strong foundation she laid has enabled IMN to grow and thrive.