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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

Common witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) flowers are a welcome sight in the late fall and early winter, when other native shrubs are dormant. This one was observed growing in the woods above the Little Mulberry Creek in southern Madison County in December. (University of Arkansas Herbarium, photo and caption)

Houstonia pusilla - Tiny Bluet, Small Bluet, Least Bluet. These tiny plants can be easy to miss when blooming single, but even with their 2 to 4 inch height, they're hard to miss with the frequent masses blooming together. (Photo by University of Arkansas Herbarium).

The Resurrection of the American Chestnut.

Several important trees in America have gone extinct or nearly so because of habitat loss or disease.  Several chapters are working to re-establish the Chinquapin.  Here's a 12 minute podcast on the plight of the American Chestnut and the pros and cons of trying to bring it back.  Click on the image above to listen and find out more.

Feed the Birds?

Winter bird feeder

Ever wonder about whether it's a good idea to feed birds in the winter?
There's been surprisingly little research on the subject. Read the linked
article about Why Do We Feed the Birds--and should we?

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.


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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