|Master Naturalist Program in West Virginia|
The mission of the West Virginia Master Naturalist Program is to train interested people in the fundamentals of natural history, nature interpretation and teaching, and to instill responsible environmental stewardship. The 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 and interpretative displays). Individuals in the MN program are required to conduct volunteer hours to maintain Master Naturalist status. Suggested opportunities at state parks include, but are certainly not limited to: interpretive programs or presentations, seasonal naturalist work, leading hikes, nature center hosting, etc.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. The Master Naturalist organization maintains a separate website with addition information about chapters, events and programs.
Master Naturalist Chapters in WV
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
Master Naturalist Brochure (pdf)
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