What will the program cost you?

The total cost to become an Oregon State University Extension Master Naturalist is currently $575.00. This amount is not due all at once. Rather, each course has it's own fee due at the time of registration.

The price breakdown is as follows:


Course Offerings & Pricing

Online Course - $325.00
  • This course is offered twice per year through OSU's Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) program. The course fee is due upon registration or before the course begins. Click here for details about the OSU PACE payment and refund policies.
Ecoregion Courses - $250.00
  • One in-person Ecoregion field course is required to complete the Master Naturalist training. The course fee is charged to you upon registering for the Ecoregion course of your choice. These courses are explained in more detail here. Payment and refund policies for Ecoregion courses are set by the OSU College of Forestry. See details here.


Scholarships for Ecoregion Courses

We offer scholarships for the Ecoregion courses. Scholarships are issued based upon financial need and a demonstrated intent to complete certification in the Oregon Master Naturalist Program. You will be given the option to apply for one at the payment step when registering for a course. A limited number of scholarships are available each year for each Ecoregion course. The amount of the scholarship may vary from year to year, but currently stands at a 75% reduction of full price. This works out to be an out-of-pocket expense of $60.00 for a course that costs $250.00 full-price.

If you have more questions about scholarships, please contact us at ormasternaturalist@oregonstate.edu.

We now accept AmeriCorps funding to pay for the Online Course

Please note: We are working on the ability for you to use AmeriCorps funds to pay for our Ecoregion courses. Thank you for your patience as we finalize the process.

If you would like to use your AmeriCorps funding, here's how it works:

Important information:
AmeriCorps requires participants to be enrolled before they will approve funding. Here are the steps for utilizing AmeriCorps funds:

  1. Complete your registration, including full payment
  2. Contact AmeriCorps and submit a request for funds
  3. If approved, we will receive a check for half of the funds around the first day of the course. We will then reimburse the participant for the same amount.
  4. We will receive a second check approximately half way through the course for the remainder of the funds and we will then process a refund to the participant for the second part of the funding.

If funding is not approved or if the course is not completed, OSU Professional & Continuing Education (PACE) will not process refund(s) to the participant.

There are no exceptions to these steps.

PACE Refund Policy
Please review our refund and cancellation policy.

Please contact Meddie Sims at meddie.sims@oregonstate.edu to notifying her of your intent to use AmeriCorps funds, the Online Course you are registering in and the amount of the funding requested. She will be happy to answer any other questions you have about this process.