Montana Master Naturalist Program

Montana Master Naturalist Program


The Montana Master Naturalist Program is designed for adults who want to stoke their curiosity and deepen their knowledge of the natural world. We offer a range of programs to fit the needs of a diverse community, but all the classes share a common goal of providing participants with the skills to interpret the Montana landscape. The core class is the Master Naturalist Certification course, which we offer in spring and summer in slightly different formats. We also offer focused, intensive field weekends, and field days on additional topics.

We are pleased to report 375 graduates to date!

Master Naturalists learning about plants on Mount JumboSpring Master Naturalist Certification Course 

This 12-week course meets one evening per week from early February to early May. Hone your naturalist skills while learning about the flora, fauna, and ecology of western Montana through field trips, lectures, and workshops!


DSCF6760Summer Master Naturalist Certification Course 

Our intensive one-week summer course is a great way to take advantage of the gorgeous June weather in Montana, and spend most of the class time afield, focusing particularly on flowers & trees, birds, and insects. This five-day class meets Wednesday-Friday, gives you the weekend off, and then concludes the following Monday-Tuesday.


Naturalist Field Days and Weekends

In the tradition of our high-quality Master Naturalist Courses, Field Days pair expert instructors with hands-on field experiences for truly engaging learning opportunities. Geared toward the Master Naturalist, student, and curious outdoor explorer, our program content develops key naturalist skills.



DSC04991-001Master Naturalist Courses Beyond Missoula

Don’t live near Missoula? The Master Naturalist course is offered occasionally in other parts of the state–Glacier National Park, Helena, Bozeman, and Billings. For a listing of Master Naturalist courses outside of Missoula, click HERE.


Master Naturalist Recertification

To maintain their certification, Master Naturalists are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of continuing education each calendar year. The goal of this volunteer service is to strengthen local communities by improving natural areas and educating people of all ages about Montana’s natural environment. Dozens of Montana Master Naturalists give thousands of hours a year to their communities.