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Johnson County
11811 S. Sunset Drive
Suite 1500
Olathe, KS 66061

(913) 715-7000
(913) 715-7005 fax

Map to our office

Accepting Applications for Extension Master Naturalists Fall Class

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Extension Master Naturalist (EMN) training program.

Training sessions will begin on September 6, and run one night per week through early November, from 6 to 9 p.m. Most classes will be conducted at the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500 in Olathe. (Map to office here.)

Class members must be a resident of the greater Kansas City metro area. There is a $115 administration fee for those accepted into the class. Acceptance notices will be sent out by August 15.

The mission for the program is to develop knowledgeable and dedicated citizens who are active in promoting awareness, understanding and stewardship of the natural heritage of Kansas. Applicants who are selected for the program will receive 40 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in natural resource concepts. In return, newly-trained recruits will be required to volunteer 30 hours of volunteer service each year and continue learning with 10 advanced training hours. There are a variety of projects Master Naturalists support including the Pollinator Prairie in Olathe, community environmental events, service projects with partnering cities, speakers’ bureau and others.

Areas of training include for the EMN classes include:

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

If you are interested in applying for the program, or would like more information, please contact Jessica Barnett, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources with Johnson County K-State Research and Extension at (913) 715-7000, or email Jessica.Barnett@jocogov.org or visit our Extension Master Naturalist web page for details.

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Jessica Barnett
Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent