WELCOME VISITORS TO THE ARKANSAS MASTER NATURALIST WEBSITE!
— Do you enjoy living in one of the most beautiful states in our country?
— Do you enjoy “learning” from experts about the unique nature of the area where you live?
— Do you like to have opportunities to contribute to the beauty and welfare of our natural communities?
Hi! I’m Tom Neale, Past President of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalist Chapter, and if you answered “YES!” to these questions then you may be interested in joining a Master Naturalist chapter in your area.
The Master Naturalist program is uniquely designed to provide an educational experience that connects people to nature. We know that Arkansas is rich in beauty and natural resources. We are also rich in resources of knowledge. Our program draws experts from numerous institutions such as the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Parks and Recreation Department, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Audubon Society.
Many of the classes are taught “in the field”. Our presenters are chosen due to their ability to make complex aspects of our ecology understandable. And we do try to cover as many components of our ecology as possible, from geology to water systems to insects to meteorology and everything in between.
The Master Naturalist program inspired me to get to know the native plants of Arkansas and become aware of the many invasive plant species that endanger them. The MN program also helped me to develop my birding skills and inform me about the best birding sites in our area.
You will find that it is fun learning when you are with people of a “like-mind”. You will also find how rewarding it is to be able to contribute to the health and beauty of our natural surroundings with these folks.
When we do volunteer projects we never fail to learn something new about the site and we never fail to have a good time. You will learn that Master Naturalists are making a difference in Arkansas.