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Northeast Arkansas Master Naturalists





Enjoy acquiring knowledge about the natural world.
Share that knowledge through volunteer service.
Promote education about the natural and historic resources unique to the communities we serve.
Network with other organizations who share common interests and concerns.
Attend monthly meetings that feature guest speakers and outdoor activities.
  Support local conservation efforts. 


Maintaining trails at state parks and other natural areas.
Test water quality in rivers and lakes.
Volunteer and assist with educational programs.
Build and monitor nesting boxes.
Plant and maintain native plan beds at various state parks.
Lead the effort to re-establish milkweed habitat for the monarch butterfly and other pollinators.
Coordinate citizen science efforts such as Frog Watch and bird counts.
Support all special events of the various state parks as needed.




Chapter members serve as liaisons with the interpreters and other park staff members to ensure that volunteers are available when needed.  Members coordinate activities with AGFC staff and with other organizations that are committed to conservation and education.


Training is provided by the  chapter.Some training is offered through speakers and hands-on training during work activities.Some training is offered through independent study.

All training is guided by a mentor.Novices may begin training at any time during the year.Training topics include archaeology, botany, ecology, geology, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, ornithology, and aquatic ecology.Members also become familiar with the historical background of the historic state parks and museums.

Master naturalist novices must be 18 years of age, must submit an application and a $100 training fee, must complete a minimum of 40 hours of the training provided, and must attend at least 80% of all chapter meetings and work days.


Our mission is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources, natural areas, archaeological assets, and historical sites across northeast Arkansas. 


The Northeast Arkansas Chapter was established 2012. 

Chapter members serve as volunteers in the parks and natural areas in the delta region, along Crowley’s Ridge, and in the area west of Crowley’s Ridge. 

Our parks include Davidsonville Historic State Park, Crowley’s Ridge State Park, Lake Frierson State Park, Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan Historic State Park, Jacksonport Historic State Park, Hampson Museum, Parkin Archeological State Park, Village Creek State Park, Mississippi River State Park, and the Forrest L. Wood Nature Center.