Naturalist in Training
In order to become a Naturalist, you must complete the training. We kick off the “Naturalists in Training” with a New Year’s Day Hike. This event will be held at Woolly Hollow State Park.
Actual classes begin in January, and conclude with graduation in June. The application form and class schedule are available here:
2022 FAMN Naturalist in Training Application
2022 NiT Class Schedule - Final
New members have a lot of fun learning about everything from rocks to plants and animals found in the Ozarks. Experts teach classes in eco-regions, geology, astronomy, mammals, interpretation, entomology, herpetology, ornithology and botany. Field work helps develop practical skills like stream monitoring and trail maintenance. Students receive their own guidebooks in many fields.
But there are no exams. We learn by listening, observing and doing. We also schedule special advanced training classes in various topics for all members throughout the year.