In 2009, the ERC lead the creation of an Idaho Master Naturalist Chapter here in the Wood River Valley, and chairs the chapter to this day. The program was developed in cooperation with the Wood River Land Trust, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, and Idaho Fish and Game. We educate members of the general public in order to deepen their understanding of our natural world, and to develop a corps of volunteers able to lead programs and give service to various non-profits and agencies in our area.
Who can become an Idaho Master Naturalist?
Any adult who enjoys nature and is interested in learning more. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, bird watching, identifying plants and animals, gardening, and supporting conservation, this program is for you!
Idaho Master Naturalists can volunteer at nature centers, give programs to children, help biologists collect data, monitor wildlife, assist at parks and natural areas, or contribute to many other conservation efforts.
Through the Idaho Master Naturalist Program you will:
- Participate and guide conservation efforts
- Join a statewide network of dedicated, trained volunteers who work toward conservation
- Further your education and interest in nature
- Have an opportunity to give back to your community
Learn more about the program, or access all of the tools and information available to chapter members:
2011 Training Course Overview: basic course information and registration forms.
Slideshow and Stories: see the program in action through slideshows, local stories, and the state newsletter.
Course Details: syllabus, readings, class topics and speakers, and more.
Feedback Surveys: help us keep the program strong and relevant.
Master Naturalist Calendar: class information, advanced training, and volunteer opportunities.
Hours Log: no more searching for the state site! Click here to access the hours log directly.
Nature Journals: thoughts and observations from local chapter members.
Photo Gallery: chapter members share images from their program experiences, including training and service.
Electronic Chapters: to save paper and cost, these chapters are available on-line.