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Extension Master Naturalist

Information on training the Class of 2017 coming soon!

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An Extension Master Naturalist (EMN) is a trained volunteer who provides expertise and services for natural resource projects that benefit the community.

EMNs are trained and certified in Kansas Natural Resource concepts. They, in turn, give voluntary service  for a variety of projects that utilize their training.

Our Mission
To develop knowledgeable and dedicated citizens who are active in promoting awareness, understanding and stewardship of the natural heritage of Kansas.

If you want to improve your skills and knowledge of Kansas natural resources and you like to work with people, the EMN program may be for you.

Who Can Apply?
Any resident of Johnson County, Kansas, or the greater Kansas City metro area, age 18 or over, who has an interest in natural resources can apply.

When is Training?

  • Dates: September, with weekly classes held each Wednesday, through mid-November
  • Time: 6 - 9pm

Type of Training
The EMN training provides 40 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in natural resource concepts.

$115, covers the cost of training materials and instruction

Classes in the training include:

  • Ecology
  • Geology
  • Soils
  • Weather & Climate
  • Plants
  • Birds
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Herpetology
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Education and Interpretation

What Happens After Training is Completed?
Following basic training, EMNs continue their education with 10 hours of advanced training annually. In exchange for training, individuals are required to return a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service  on environmental projects that benefit the community.

Why Volunteer?

  • Increase your knowledge about Kansas’
  • Natural resources
  • Make new and interesting friends
  • Serve the community in new and exciting ways
  • Experience new things in nature and science
  • Share your passion for nature with others

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Educational Projects


Contact Us

Jessica Barnett
Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent

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EMNs, click on the this link to log-in.