Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a statewide partnership initiative that aims
to connect people with their local ecosystems through intensive natural science
training and local conservation service work. It is a venture directed toward
developing a local corps of “master volunteers and service providers” to offer
education, outreach and service dedicated to the understanding and management of
natural areas within their communities.
Pennsylvania Master Naturalist works closely with a coalition of community and conservation organizations to ensure that they have the necessary volunteer leadership to address the most pressing conservation needs and challenges.
This year-round program has three components: the initial volunteer training course, volunteer service and continuing education.
Who are Master Naturalist Volunteers?
A Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is an individual with a passion for the natural world who participates in an intensive training program and uses his or her knowledge by giving back to the community through volunteer service.
A Statewide Initiative
Pennsylvania is an ecologically diverse state that can be divided into distinct ecological regions or ecoregions. Pennsylvania Master Naturalist has divided the state into four (4) ecoregion-based curriculum modules (defined by EPA level II ecoregions): Appalachian Forests, Eastern Temperate Forests, Atlantic Highlands and Southeastern and Coastal Plains.
Since 2010, PA Master Naturalist volunteers in the
Southeastern & Coastal Plains ecoregion have:
- engaged in 4,117 hours of conservation service
- contributed $90,296 in conservation value and impact to 37 regional partners
- reached over 6,100 people through outreach service
- improved 257 acres of habitat through stewardship service
- dedicated themselves to 1,500 hours of continuing education in the natural sciences
Funding provided by:
Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
PA Department of Environmental Protection
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Science Foundation
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation