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Arkansas Master Naturalists

 

We are volunteer educators, citizen scientists and stewards of the environment striving to protect and preserve Arkansas' natural beauty.



Inspired by Nature

Inspired by nature

Citizen Scientists

Stewards for Nature

Stewards Of nature

Educating All Ages


Three chapters now taking applications for 2023 Training

Central, Foothills, and Northwest are  now taking applications for training to join their chapters next year. Use the Join AMN tab above and click on the chapter you are interested in joining. Check the map to see what areas each chapter covers.  Diamond Lakes and Northeast take applications anytime and do continuous training and North Central will annouce a date soon.

See Fall with new eyes and help out scientific research

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Why Observe?

Have fun outdoors

Where you observe is up to you. Participating is an exciting way to experience your favorite trail, neighborhood park or even your own backyard.

Deepen your connection with nature

Going outside to look at plants or animals up-close will expand your knowledge of nature and open up new ways you experience the great outdoors.

Learn about phenology

You can intimately connect with plants or animals that you see all the time in a brand new way.

As an observer, you’ll notice things you never saw before. The slightest blush on a maple leaf that foreshadows the coming fall. The new, more vibrant feathers warblers put on days before mating. The swelling of a Palo Verde bean pod as it grows. You can develop a more nuanced appreciation of our natural world when you participate in Nature’s Notebook.

Contribute to scientific discovery

Researchers, resource managers, educators and others use your data for scientific discovery and decision-making. Your data are a big deal!


For more info or to join, visit Become an observer

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Become an ISeeChange community member


What you see change in your backyard, neighborhood, and city is important to our understanding of how climate change and weather affect our communities. Your observations and block-by-block insights can help cities, engineers and local organizations advocate for and create solutions to climate challenges. If you or your community has a question or hypothesis about how climate is changing your area, you can also use your ISeeChange account to collect data and answer those questions.


  • Investigate how weather and climate change impact you
  • Create a record of how your area changes over time
  • Influence how your community adapts to climate change


For more info or to join, visit I See Change


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The Arkansas Natural Sky Association, along with various regional astronomy and environmental groups, are proud to host Arkansas’ first-ever Dark-Sky Festival! We’ll marvel at the last of the Summer Milky Way under the nearly natural skies of the Buffalo National River, the state's only designated International Dark-Sky Park.
Where? Tyler Bend Campground – St. Joe, AR

When? October 21st and 22nd

How Much? Free! But be sure and check out our Festival Store to find items to help you make the most of this experience.
This family-friendly event will be bursting with activities, including:
✨ Constellation Tour
🔭 Telescopic Star Party
☄️ Orionid Meteor Shower
🎨 Celestial Art Class
🦉 Nocturnal Wildlife
💡 Light Pollution Awareness
📷 Nightscape Photography Contest
🫧 Giant Bubble Blowing
☀️ Solar Marshmallows
… and so much more!

For more information, and to download your Festival Guide, visit the festival website: darkskyarkansas.org/dark-sky-festival
For details about the Nightscape Photography Contest:
darkskyarkansas.org/photo-contest

What do Master Naturalists do?
Our motto is keeping the Natural State natural, but what work do chapters actually do to achieve this?

 

We record hours in trailbuilding, education, habitat restoration, native garden maintenance, outreach, bird box monitoring, citizen science data collection and analysis, invasive species removal, natural area maintenance and more.  Chapters sometimes have big projects and sometimes its just two or three dedicated individuals who work together on a garden or trail.

Left are examples of projects that chapters are involved in. Much depends on the part of the state the chapter is located in, who are local partners are and the terrain.  To read in detail about this projects, please visit the page linked below for stories about each one.

We hope this inspires you to find your own work to do to help keep things natural.

AMN Projects

Become a Master Naturalist


Want to learn about the natural world and participate in volunteer projects that contribute to conservation in Arkansas?  Arkansas Master Naturalist chapters statewide are recruiting new members to participate in their spring Naturalist in Training courses. Classroom and field sessions led by expert naturalists and professionals in their fields will cover topics from trees to birds to geology to stream ecology. Completing the course is the first step to becoming a Arkansas Master Naturalist. 

As an Arkansas Master Naturalist you will have access to a wide range of volunteer activities that will help you learn more about the beautiful flora and fauna of our natural state, share your knowledge with others and spend time outdoors with a purpose that will benefit nature. Learn more about how you can make a significant contribution by contacting your local chapter for more information below.




About Us


Our mission: To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

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Join Us


Most Chapters recruit new members in the late fall and begin training in January.  Click here to see a map of chapters and joining information.


Support us

Support Us


We are a volunteer nonprofit organization, but other agencies often ask us to help fund and support their projects.  If you'd like to help us to contribute to our partners, click the photo above.











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