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Tanyard Creek, Benton County. Photo: Jim Klinger

Thanks for your interest in the Spring 2020 Arkansas Master Naturalists training program. Spaces are limited and will be filled in the order applications and payments are received. We will offer a Washington County, a Benton County and a Eureka Springs class (for Carroll and Madison County).  Applicants living in the region where the class is being held will attend the class in that region unless the applicant requests an alternative.

Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists (NWAMN) are an active group of volunteers involved in many types of projects including invasive species removal, presenting public nature programs, native plant seed collection and propagation, plant sales, and wildlife habitat restoration.  We also partner with many area agencies to provide help or volunteers for special events.  These include Hobbs State Park, Illinois River Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.   To get an idea of what we are doing, please check out our chapter page Northwest AMN and our Facebook page, NWA Master Naturalists.  We'd love to have you join us in keeping Arkansas Natural!

To apply, you can use the online application,  Member Signup / Information (select Naturalist in Training for membership type)or download a paper application here NWAMN-NIT Training Application 2020

For the upcoming year, NWAMN‘s Naturalist in Training (NIT) classes start in the middle of January and extend to the end of May.  The 40 plus hours of classes and other programs are usually held every other Saturday and cover topics such as Geology, Mammals, Native Plants, Volunteer Opportunities, etc.  Once you have completed training and graduated from NIT status, you are an Arkansas Master Naturalist!  To reach the next level of mastery as a  Certified Arkansas Master Naturalist you must complete 40 hours of volunteer work and 8 hours of advanced training during the calendar year. 

Below are links to last year's Naturalists in Training Schedules.  As soon as the 2020 versions are available, they'll be linked here.

Hoping to see you out in nature soon!

Eureka Springs NIT Schedule, 2020

2020 Benton County NiT Schedule

2020 Washington County Nit Schedule