How do I join?

Welcome to the Arkansas Master Naturalists website

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Want to become an Arkansas Master Naturalist?

Becoming a Master Naturalist involves attending at least 40 hours of initial training on Arkansas animals, plants, geology and conservation. Training is on Saturday in January and ending in May. Take a look at the Class Schedule below for your area.

To become a Certified Master Naturalist, you would need to complete at least 40 hours of volunteer work and acquire 8 hours of advanced training each year.

SCROLL DOWN – Class Schedules & Applications for each chapter listed below:

Central Arkansas Master Naturalists (CAMN)

2018 CAMN Class Schedule

2018 CAMN Application


Diamond Lakes Arkansas Master Naturalists (DLAMN)

2018 DLAMN Class Schedule

2018 DLAMN Application


Foothills Arkansas Master Naturalists (FAMN)

2018 FAMN Class Schedule

2018 FAMN Application


North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists (NCAMN)

2018 NCAMN Class Schedule

2018 NCAMN Application


Northeast Arkansas Master Naturalists (NEAMN)

NEAM 2016-2017 Application


Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists (NWAMN)

NWAMN 2018 Spring Application

NWAMN 2018 Benton County Class Schedule

NWAMN 2018 Washington County Class Schedule

NWAMN 2018 Eureka Springs Class Schedule

NWAMN 2017 Spring Flyer

NWAMN Chapter Brochure

NWAMN Scholarship Application



Western Arkansas Master Naturalists (WAMN)

WAMN Application for Spring 2017

WAMN Class Schedule For 2017


The Program

The Arkansas Master Naturalist program is a volunteer organization dedicated to educating its members and giving back to the community through volunteer work.

Levels in the Master Naturalist Program:

Naturalist-in-training (NIT)  – a person currently taking the 40 hours of required naturalist training.

Master Naturalist –  a person who completed the required training and is current with the annual dues.

Certified Master Naturalist – a person who has 1) Performed 40 hours of volunteer work (see volunteer page for more information); and 2) Acquires 8 hours of Advanced Training each year.


Naturalists-in-training instruction will take the form of both classroom lectures and practical application of newly acquired skills.  The subject matter covered will vary considerably but will focus on our natural world. Areas that will be covered include ecology, native plants and animals, geology, botany, meteorology, astronomy, public land use, interpretation, trail design and maintenance, stream quality evaluation and testing, and more.

Approximately 60 hours of classroom and outdoor instruction will be offered on Saturdays, typically 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. of which the NITs will need to attend 40 hours to graduate. Training typically starts in January and graduation is in May, however some chapters may have training in the fall.

Check the chapter class training schedule in your area for specific dates and times.

Cost first year is: $165.00

$135 covers the cost of training,  literature materials, t-shirt, and name tag.

Annual dues for the year after graduation – $30.00 based on a fiscal year of  January 1 to December 31.


We recommend applying early to reserve your spot in the program.

We can only accept a limited number of people.

Please print and fill out the appropriate chapter application for your area and mail it to the address.