OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

How to Become an Oregon Master Naturalist

"I found the course materials and field trips extremely interesting and what I learned just left me with more questions about nature and the motivation to seek answers.  The course gave me a great overview of the natural places and processes in Oregon and it will inform whatever I engage in as a volunteer naturalist and as a citizen."

-Participant, Willamette Valley Ecoregion

Your journey begins here!

You are about to set forth on a journey of learning, exploration, and service. To become a full-fledged Oregon Master Naturalist, there are several steps you must take. The Oregon Master Naturalist Program is ideal for those who wish to become certified Master Naturalists, but classes are open to anyone with interest, as space allows.

Steps to becoming an Oregon Master Naturalist

1. Complete the online core statewide coursework.

The course "Oregon Master Naturalist Online" provides a basic overview of Oregon's natural history and the management of its natural resources (learn more).

 

2. Complete regional course requirements.

We currently offer courses in 4 Ecoregions, which are in-person coures taught within an ecologically distinct region of Oregon. You must take at least one Ecoregion to become an Oregon Master Naturalist (learn more).

 

3. Volunteer.

Once you have completed your coursework, you must volunteer for a natural resources oriented group or project for a minimum of 40 hours within the first full year after completing your coursework (learn more).

 

4. Maintain your certification.

To maintain your status as an Oregon Master Naturalist, you must continue to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours per year, and attend at least 8 hours of continuing education per year (learn more).

 

5. Complete a training in interpretation (optional).

This is a 2-day course in Interpretation Techniques that is highly encouraged for those who intend on volunteering as an educator, guide or interpreter at a park, nature center, or other natural area (learn more).