Master Naturalists Program

Did you know that IBG is one of five organizations supporting and coordinating the Boise chapter of the Master Naturalist program? Other participating organizations are the Idaho Fish and Game MK Nature Center, Boise City Foothills Learning Center, Boise Urban Garden School, and the City of Boise. The Boise Sagebrush Steppe Chapter, was established in late 2008.

Modeled after the national Master Gardener program, the Idaho Master Naturalist Program aims to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to actively work toward stewardship of Idaho’s natural environment. Any adult who enjoys nature and is interested in learning more can become a Master Naturalist.

Master Naturalists receive 40 hours work of education and earn certification by volunteering 40 hours of their time over the course of a year. Idaho Master Naturalists volunteer at IBG by leading public tours, collecting native seed, planting, helping with signage, building birdhouses….. the list is endless! They assist our two other partner organizations as well, by helping biologists collect data, monitor wildlife, educate the public, assist at parks and natural areas, and many other conservation efforts.

The best part of becoming a Sagebrush Steppe Master Naturalist is joining a statewide network of dedicated, trained volunteers who work toward conservation, furthering your education and interest in nature, and giving back to your community. For more information, please contact Sara Focht via e-mail: or at (208) 287-2906.

Learn more about Sagebrush Steppe Master Naturalist and find an application form here.

The program for 2018 will begin Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Most sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with an occasional Saturday field trip through April 27. Applications will be accepted starting October 1, 2017.

This application participation agreement must be completely filled out and returned with your payment to the Idaho Botanical Garden to secure yourself a place in the class. Refunds will be given to a participant if they drop the class before the second class. Credit cards can be taken by calling the Idaho Botanical Garden or in person. You can send your registration form to Elizabeth Dickey at or by mailing to her at the address listed below.

Idaho Botanical Garden
2355 Old Penitentiary Rd
Boise, ID 83712