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

(913) 715-7000
(913) 715-7005 fax
jo@listserv.ksu.edu

Map to our office

Class of 2019 Application

The application for the new class can be found here. A paper copy can also be picked up at the Johnson County Extension Office. The deadline for accepted applications has been extended to January 22nd. They can be mailed to or dropped of at the office at 11811 S. Sunset Dr. Suite 1500 Olathe, KS 66061 or e-mailed to jessica.barnett@jocogov.org by this date.

Classes will be held at the Extension Office on Wednesday evenings from 6-9 PM from March 6th through May 22nd with one Friday evening and Saturday morning fieldtrip within Johnson county. Notification of acceptance will be no later than January 25, 2019. A pre-orientation will be held Wednesday, February 6th at 6 PM to allow accepted applicants to learn more about the program and program expectations. The fee for the class is $120 and is due the night of the first class on March 6th.

Classes will be held at the Extension Office on Wednesday evenings from 6-9 PM from March 6th through May 22nd. Notification of acceptance will be no later than January 25, 2019. A pre-orientation will be held Wednesday, February 6th at 6 PM to allow accepted applicants to learn more about the program and program expectations. The fee for the class is $120 and is due the night of the first class on March 6th.

Naturalists testing water quality by Lou Pisani

Becoming an Extension Master Naturalist

If you have a love of nature, want to improve your skills and knowledge of Kansas natural resources and like to work with people, the EMN program may be for you.  EMN's are trained and certified in Kansas Natural Resource concepts. They, in turn, give voluntary service in a variety of ways that utilize their training. 

EMN’s provide information to the public based on research-based information, and provide educational program assistance in support of county extension and other educational programs. Extension Master Naturalist volunteers may not participate in the Extension Master Naturalist Program for personal gain or for commercial recommendations or endorsements.  

Who Can Apply? 

Any resident of Johnson County, Kansas, or the greater Kansas City metro area, age 18 or over, with a high school diploma or equivalent, who has an interest in natural resources can apply. 

What is next?

Once accepted, EMN’s participate in 40 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in natural resource concepts.  Classes in the training include:

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

Training for 2019 will be offered March 6 through May 22, 2019.

How much does it cost?

There is a fee of $120 which covers the cost of training materials and instruction.

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 a year of volunteer service on environmental activities 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

For information about the Extension Master Naturalist Program see Who We Are

Field Burn by Matt Garrett

 

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2019 Application

Extension Office Classes

Contact Us

Jessica Barnett
Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent
Jessica.Barnett@jocogov.org

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