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Become a Master Naturalist

Master Naturalist Master Naturalists are volunteer educators with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department. Each spring, new volunteers embark on a fun, active training program. They:

  • experience little-known but beautiful natural areas;
  • learn how to lead fun, hands-on field trips in local natural areas;
  • experience the values and benefits that natural areas add to our lives;
  • realize that natural areas offer amazing experiences for everyone;
  • discover basic ecology and make connections between species and landscapes;
  • practice teaching and interpretation techniques;
  • understand management affecting natural areas;
  • meet others who love nature, too!

After the training, volunteers share their knowledge and enthusiasm for natural areas with audiences of all ages. Volunteer assignments include leading field trips for school children, giving presentations to groups, staffing event booths and more.

Previously certified Master Naturalists have said:

"I feel fortunate to have been exposed to your wonderful program."
"I wish the training wasn't over!"
"Excellent program! It has far exceeded my expectations."
"I just love giving programs to the school groups - the support of the Natural Areas staff is fantastic, and the feedback from the children makes my day."

Become a Master Naturalist Volunteer

An intensive Master Naturalist training session of about 60 hours is offered each spring. Fifty hours of volunteer service are required within two years of training. Interested? Read the full job description. Sorry, applications for the 2015 training are no longer being taken. The next training will be in the spring of 2016. If you would like to be notified when the dates are set and applications are available, contact Sue Kenney, 970-224-6118.

The City of Fort Collins Master Naturalist Program is a member of the Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Stewardship Programs (ANROSP), a national coalition of Master Naturalist-type program administrators. Learn more about ANROSP >>>

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