The Master Naturalist program provides opportunities for adult volunteers to learn about their state's natural history, environment, and conservation issues. Master Naturalist programs promote nature-based community service by citizen volunteers and provide continuing education opportunities. Over 45 states, including Illinois, have Master Naturalist programs.
The Illinois Master Naturalist Program aims to provide science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards.
The East-Central Illinois Master Naturalist (ECIMN) Program, established in 2005, is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension covering Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion Counties, Champaign County Forest Preserve District, and Urbana Park District, and is available to residents of Central Illinois. Our current team of 230 Master Naturalists have contributed over 57,000 hours of service valued at $1,197,000 to Central Illinois.
Any adult can join ECIMN and become a Master Naturalist. It does not require a degree or years of experience. You do, however, need to complete the education and volunteer requirements and have a desire to positively impact your community.
Find out more about ECIMN (including how to join) on the East Central Illinois Master Naturalists webpage.