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Join NCAMN, Explore New Worlds

Joining North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists (NCAMN) opens new worlds
of enjoying, learning about and sustaining nature in the natural state.

Click here to download 2021 Naturalist in Training Class Schedule
Click here to download 2021 Application and Schedule
Click here to apply online—2021 Naturalist-in-Training Online Application
North Central is no longer accepting applicants for 2021.

To become a Master Naturalist, an applicant first attends a series of classes on topics ranging from archeology to zoology, from trail maintenance to stream water monitoring, from birding to frog calling, including 40 hours of both classroom and field work. Classes extend from mid-January to early May. 

Applicants and Naturalists-in-Training may start volunteering right away, even before completing the course. While there is no deadline, the class will be limited to 27 persons.

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NCAMN hikers trek the Ozark Highland Trail near Brush Creek trailhead in south Baxter County

The chapter's membership area encompasses the Ozark National Forest; the Buffalo National River; Norfork and Bull Sho
als Lakes; Norfork and White Rivers; the Ozark Highland Trail; Blanchard Caverns; two state parks, Bull Shoals-White River and Ozark Folk Center; and several Arkansas Natural Heritage Areas.    

While NCAMN volunteers work hard on forest trails, along streams and rivers, and in native plant and heritage gardens, they also organize recreational hikes and camp outs for their members in one of the most beautiful areas of Arkansas. Volunteers share their knowledge and love of nature in programs for children and families and other interested individuals. Volunteer work may also be tailored to almost any level of physical capacity.

NCAMN Trail Patrol moves one of several cedar posts to build steps on a trail they built for Danuser City Park in Bull Shoals (Marion County).

To learn more about what NCAMN does, you may go to this web page: NCAMN Home Page 


To learn even more about what NCAMN does, you may go to our Facebook page: NCAMN Facebook

For questions and more information, please send a message to this address:

An Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly samples a native basket flower in the Gaston Wildflower Meadow at Bull Shoals-White River State Park.

NCAMN volunteers install owl nest boxes at Bull Shoals-White River State Park.

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NCAMN's Stream Team monitors water chemistry and macroinvertebrate populations on Crooked Creek near Fred Berry Conservation Education Center in Marion County.