Master Naturalist Continuing Education

All Montana Master Naturalists need 8 hours of continuing education per year to maintain their certification. The goal of continuing education is to help Master Naturalists increase their understanding of Montana’s ecosystems, flora, and fauna–and it’s a great way to meet other naturalists and scientists, too!


Montana Master Naturalist continuing education needs to:

  • focus on an aspect of Montana’s natural, environmental, or cultural history
  • be a formal training or class

Most activities will:

  • occur in Montana
  • have an outdoor component

Examples include:

  • Project WET, WILD, or Learning Tree training
  • Plant or animal identification course or presentation
  • Water quality monitoring training
  • Montana geology or climate course or presentation
  • Volunteer orientation for a nature center
  • Forest management course or presentation
  • Environmental sustainability lecture
  • Naturalist Field Days through MNHC, Audubon, or other organizations

Examples that are NOT Montana Master Naturalist continuing education:

  • Watching TV (even if it is a Montana nature-related show)
  • Birding with friends
  • Identifying trees at your cabin with family
  • Reading a Montana natural history book
  • Giving a natural history lecture (this would fall in the volunteering category, as long as it was unpaid)
  • Researching & writing natural history articles (again, this would fall into the volunteering category, as long as it’s unpaid)

Where to find continuing education opportunities:

  • Glacier Institute
  • Swan Valley Connections
  • Missoula Insectarium
  • Montana State Parks
  • Montana State University Extension Service
  • Montana Wilderness Association
  • Montana Audubon
  • Montana Native Plant Society
  • Montana Natural History Center (Naturalist Field Days, Evening Lectures, Volunteer Trainings)
  • University of Montana or MSU — classes and lectures in Biology, Environmental Studies, Wildlife Biology, etc.
  • Yellowstone Association