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Master Naturalist Program

*UPDATE* The session for 2022 is full, contact Sarah Focht at sara.focht@idfg.idaho.gov to be added to the waitlist for 2023.


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 certified Master Naturalist.

Master Naturalists receive 40 hours of education and earn certification by volunteering 40 hours of their time over the course of a year. During the first year of your participation, volunteer work must be done for the Idaho Botanical Garden, MK Nature Center, and Golden Eagle Audubon Society. Idaho Master Naturalists volunteer by leading public tours, collecting native seed, planting, helping with signage, building birdhouses….. the list is endless!  Classes start in February and meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9:30am – 11:45am, through early April.  They will be held via Zoom unless the pandemic situation changes significantly enough to allow for safe in person sessions.  Topic will include: mammology, herpetology, Idaho plant communities, Idaho fish, and birds.  The volunteer requirement may be reduced if the chapter leaders decide the situation warrants it as, was the case for 2021.

The application participation agreement must be completely filled out and returned with your  $150 payment, half to be returned upon completed certification, to Idaho Botanical Garden to secure a place in the class. Class limit is 25 participants. Refunds will be given to any participant who drops the program before the second class. You can use a credit card to pay for the program when you register by phone or register in person at the Garden office.

Download Registration Packet


Mail the registration form and check to Elizabeth Dickey at the address listed below.

Idaho Botanical Garden
2355 Old Penitentiary Rd.
Boise, ID 83712