What will the program cost you?

For someone who wishes to become an Oregon Master Naturalist, enrollment in the Oregon Master Naturalist Program includes the following courses, each with its own fee. The price breakdown is as follows:

Course Offerings

Oregon Master Naturalist Online Course
  • $325 The Online Course is designed to be the core curriculum for the Oregon Master Naturalist Program. It is an instructor-led course. You must complete this course before becoming an Oregon Master Naturalist. It is recommended that you take the Online Course before taking the in-person Ecoregion course.
Oregon Master Naturalist Ecoregion Courses
  • $250 The second part of the course requirements to become an Oregon Master Naturalist is the Ecoregion Course, an in-person specialization in one ecologically distinct region of Oregon. One Ecoregion Course is required. The courses are modeled after Oregon's Ecoregion concept, a geographical approach to dividing up Oregon. These courses are explained in more detail here.

The cost of the Oregon Master Naturalist Program is based upon a "cost recovery" model. This program operates on revenue generated by the fees collected through course participation and support provided by Oregon State University Extension.


Scholarships for Ecoregion Courses

If the Ecoregion course you are enrolling in offers scholarships, you will be given the option to apply for one at the payment step. We are slowing opening up more courses to a limited number of scholarships each year, and will make that information available on the main course schedule page. If you are unsure if the course you are enrolling in offers scholarships, please contact us at ormasternaturalist@oregonstate.edu.

We now accept AmeriCorps funding to pay for the Online Courses

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.