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Master Naturalist Program in West Virginia

West Virginia Master Naturalist Program logoThe West Virginia Master Naturalist Program is for interested people in the fundamentals of natural history, nature interpretation and teaching, and to instill responsible environmental stewardship. The training program ultimately provides a corps of qualified volunteers to assist government agencies, non-government organizations, and schools with research, outdoor recreation development, and environmental education and protection.

West Virginia State Parks welcomes Master Naturalist (MN) volunteer work. Individual parks and forests are wonderful areas to demonstrate and share MN skills and knowledge with visitors and guests via presentations, hikes or volunteer work (such as trail maintenance, interpretative displays, and interpretative center hosts). Master Naturalists which are interested in volunteering at a state park may provide contact information on this form.

Master Naturalists volunteering hours at a state park or forest should contact the area superintendent directly to discuss the possibilities. All volunteers complete a volunteer work agreement with the state parks system. Reporting of volunteer hours to the Master Naturalist program is the responsibility of the individual or group.

The Master Naturalist Program is overseen by the WV DNR, Wildlife Section. 

Master Naturalist Chapters in WV

Miscellaneous Information
The park system does not oversee the MN program or the chapter meetings, classes, etc., but serves as a volunteer outlet to practice Master Naturalist skills or share knowledge in a public setting and as part of the interpretative programs offered to the public.

Master Naturalists interested in volunteering services at a state park or forest may submit information using this form. The info is shared with parks interested in Master Naturalist volunteers.

Contact Master Naturalist Coordinator

Get involved with these additional state parks and forests programs:

Very Important Parks Person (VIPP)
Hiking Program
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