The Arkansas Master Naturalist organization was founded in 2006, by a Texas transplant named Tom Neale and an interpreter at Pinnacle Mountain State Park named Linda Goza. Tom had been a member of the Texas Master Naturalists and was surprised to learn that there wasn't a similar program in Arkansas. Tom and Linda both recognized the need for trained volunteers and began the work creating AMN. Tom's plan was to model the new organization after the Texas program but he met resistance in finding sponsorship. Not easily deterred, Tom forged ahead and created the 1st program in the nation not affiliated with a state extension program. So Arkansas Master Naturalists began in Little Rock with what is now the Central Arkansas Master Naturalist chapter. In 2008, CAMN member Anne Goodman Massey began traveling statewide, meeting with state park employees and speaking before nonprofit groups, recruiting members to form new Master Naturalist chapters, and her hard work paid off in 2009 with the launch of twin chapters North Central and Northwest Arkansas. Anne Massey served as the first statewide president, Bob Santos (Northwest) constructed an impressive multi-function website, and Steve Sampers (Northwest) developed annual certification award pins featuring native flora and fauna. Ten years after Anne Massey drove the state promoting the organization, Arkansas Master Naturalists is comprised of seven chapters and over 700 members.