In order to become a Naturalist, you must complete the training. We kick off the training in January and continue through June.
The 2023 class schedule will be available in late October but you can get an idea of the classes from the 2022 schedule below. You can go ahead and apply using the application form below anytime from now through January 15, Please use this form and not the online application.
Actual classes begin in January, and conclude with graduation in June. The application form and class schedule are available here:
2023 FAMN Naturalist in Training Application
2023 FAMN NiT class schedule
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.