Willamette Valley Ecoregion students at oak savanna

Participants of the Willamette Valley Ecoregion course inspect this savanna remnant Oregon White Oak at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge.

A participant of the 2015 Northern Basin and Range Ecoregion course enjoying the view of the wetlands at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Participants of the Northern Basin and Range Ecoregion course learn how this playa lake, Alvord Desert, formed along the east side of Steens Mountain.

Checking out the science and wonder of hot springs in the Alvord basin during the 2015 Northern Basin and Range Ecoregion course.

Participants of the 2015 East Cascades Ecoregion course explore the restored Whychus Creek at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, a Deschutes Land Trust property.

Welcome to the Oregon Master Naturalist Program!

"I always felt I had gaps in my knowledge.  Now, with the Master Naturalist Program, I feel like I'm able to give more to the participants in my tours."

-Mary, Oregon Master Naturalist - Bend

The Oregon Master Naturalist Program is for people interested in Oregon’s natural history and natural resources management. The Program provides an opportunity to learn about natural resources through the study of scientifically sound information: the natural history of ecosystems, plants and animals, habitats, and geology, the history and processes of landscape change, as well as the most relevant topics in present-day sustainable natural resource management. Graduates of the program volunteer for natural resources programs, agencies, organizations, and other groups in their communities. Our Vision is to build a statewide community of passionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable Oregonians connected to the natural world.



Our Mission: The OSU Extension Master Naturalist Program enhances a sense of place and increases knowledge about and connection to the natural environment for all Oregonians. The program provides transformative, science-based, experiential learning in outdoor settings, and it encourages service that protects and supports ecosystems and community wellbeing in Oregon.

Master Naturalist Experiences

Williamsons Sapsucker, Photo Credit - Andrew Spencer https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/31186991
Oct 26, 2018
Part 1: A 40-hour week of volunteering for Mother Nature Exactly one year ago, I made a 3000-mile road trip from New England to Oregon, teardrop camper JT in tow (aka James Trailer), wondering how on earth I would cultivate new roots as I retired and transplanted myself into this unfamiliar new territory. My daughter-in-law wisely suggested I take the online ... Read more
Cougar, Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
Oct 26, 2018
Part 2. ONDA-sponsored Wild and Scenic Short-Film Festival I couldn’t sleep for several nights before setting out on this circuit, fretting about how to handle a cougar attack or a flat tire on back country roads. [Cougar image credit]  So I opted to start my volunteering week at a  Friday film festival... Read more
Deschuttes Land Trust
Oct 26, 2018
Part 3.  Camp Polk Meadow, Sisters, Oregon—invasive weed pulling with Deschutes Land Trust Have you ever tried to keep 100 square feet of garden free of weeds in late summer? I usually give up around mid-July. But the undaunted DLT Weed Warriors make it their mission three Saturdays per month to pull invasive and noxious weeds from targeted sections of the land... Read more
Some of the painted hills, on a cloudy day
Oct 26, 2018
Part 4. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument From Bend to Dayville’s Fish House Inn and RV, where I camped for the next 4 nights, is a 2-1/2 hour drive, which I made in 7 hours—on purpose. Stopping in the Painted Hills near Mitchell is mandatory! Only 1.75 hours from Bend, don’t miss this amazing unit of... Read more
South Crooked River valley in the Ochoco Mts.
Oct 26, 2018
Part 5. ONDA Riparian Restoration Work Camp Trip My week-long volunteer circuit around the Ochoco Mountains included a two-day work camp sponsored by the Oregon Natural Desert Association, or ONDA. Circling the Ochocos clockwise, I stopped often to marvel at the incongruity of a “desert river” and found the gravel turnoff at a milepost somewhere between East-and-West-of-the-... Read more
Jan 8, 2018
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: Tina originally posted this article on her online blog, By the Light of the Silvery Moon. You can read the post on her website here Oregon... Read more