The resources on this page are for Master Naturalists and community members alike. Feel free to browse the readings, images, videos, and other resources. We hope these resources help you along in your life-long journey as an Oregon naturalist. 


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Print Resources

OSU Extension Catalog Publications

Trees and Shrubs to Know in Oregon 

Understanding Names of Oregon Trees

A Description of Some Oregon Rocks and Minerals

4-H Junior Master Naturalist Curriculum

4-H Entomology Project Leader Guide Grades 4-6

Oregon 4-H Forestry Member Manual

Oregon 4-H Earth Science Project

4-H Geology Member Guide

Of People and Fish: Oregon 4-H Natural Science and Cultural Discovery Program 

Insects: Taking a Deeper Look at the World of Bugs

Saving Eden Creek: A Play About People and Forests 

Salmon in the Classroom

OSU Extension Catalog Wesbite

Other Publications 

Willamette Valley Reading List



NW Conifers- This is a website authored by Master Naturalist Ken Denniston. It serves as an invaluable resource in NW conifer identification. 

Oregon Up Close & Personal- This wesbite is managed by Master Naturalist Marvin Kellar. There are great pictures of various native plants and wildlife.  

The Well-read Naturalist- This website is managed by Master Naturalist John Riutta. He posts reviews of natural resource-related books, along with natural resource literature news and a host of other useful links. 

Friends of Glencoe Swale- This website and blog is managed by Master Naturalist Jane Wilson. She posts articles and events related to the activities of Friends of Glencoe Swale. 



Oregon Forest Pest Detector Online Course Videos

Oregon Master Naturalists- Sharing their love of the land 


Program Help Documents and Videos

Ideal Logic Help Document (PDF)

VIDEO: How to log volunteer hours


Past Meeting Summaries and Newsletters

November 5, 2016

We honored our new Oregon Master Naturalists with a badge ceremony, where we heard about their volunteer activities and what they have been learning. We also honored those who have earned their 250, 500, and 1000 hour pins. We also heard from the chapter steering committee about their efforts in developing the OMN presence in the Metro region. We then heard a talk from Jane Hartline at Sauvie Island Habitat Partnership about our local reptiles and amphibians, how to create habitat for them, and how to get involved in herp conservation. 

November 2016 Newsletter

July 23, 2016

We toured the new Extension Service Education Center (ESEC) to see the resources available to Master Naturalists. We discussed the Master Naturalist Programs in other states that presented at the ANREP conference in Burlington, Vermont, this year. We fleshed out our chapter vision, mission, and goals. We heard two MN presentations: Tim Dahl talked about climate change interpretation and Cathy Crandall told us about her experience working on Fanno Creek. 

July 2016 Newsletter


April 30, 2016

We discussed upcoming events among the Master Naturalists. We had three Master Naturalist presentations: Ken Denniston taught us how to identify the most common low-elevation conifers, Mike Buck showed us some restoration work he has done on Iron Mountain, and Martin Skinner previewed a talk on mosses that he is developing.

May 2016 Newsletter


January 23, 2016

We continued to flesh out the chapter purpose and goals. We decided on a meeting format for future meetings. 

Febraury 2016 Newsletter


November 7, 2015

Our very first meeting! We brainstormed the purpose and goals of the chapter.

November 2015 Newsletter


Master Naturalists at Work in Nob Hill Nature Park (St Helens, OR)
Thu, 2017-10-26 13:04
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: Caroline Skinner is a Master Naturalist and organizer with Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park. She passed on the press release below about recent improvements to this special spot, which contains some of our rare fragments of native oak woodland and wildflower habitat. There is also information at the end about how to get involved with maintaining the... Read more
A Journey Towards Home, By Gabrielle Haber
Mon, 2017-08-07 16:49
Barely 9 o’clock in the morning and we were already climbing, steeply moving up the switchbacks towards a ridgeline we couldn’t see, moving away from the crowded lakeside campsites, climbing farther into the wilderness. We hoisted our heavy packs over downed logs, the trail on either side of them matted with trampled fir branches. At 4600 feet we stopped to catch our breaths and turned to look behind us. Upslope, the... Read more
How a strange voice on the phone taught me a life lesson, By Deb Hanson
Wed, 2017-06-21 11:04
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: The interaction that Deb describes below was part of a Master Naturalist chapter effort to reach out to program graduates. I was very touched by this story because it reminded me that the work we do is not just about connecting people to nature, but also connecting with people themselves. In fact, I think part of growing up as a naturalist is... Read more