Programs

Upstate Master Naturalist Program

Waiting list for the Fall 2012 Class is now being formed.

What is a Master Naturalist?

A Master Naturalist is a person who wishes to make a difference in helping to maintain the quality of our native ecosystems and so is specifically trained to ‘read’ the landscape of the state. This includes understanding the underlying geology, specific inhabitants (birds, plants, mammals, etc.), ecology and the impacts of humans on the landscape including how we conserve our amazing natural environments. In essence, the Master Naturalist program aims to turn out volunteer citizen scientists who can positively impact the natural resources of the state.

What do Master Naturalists do?

While many of those who participate in this program may have prior science exposure/education, this is certainly not a requirement, and all are welcomed. We believe that individuals who participate in the program will bring diverse skills and experiences that will lead to the contribution of time, energy and ideas in maintaining the native ecosystems throughout South Carolina. After receiving training, Master Naturalists may participate in many different types of volunteer activities. These might include assisting in a nature outreach program at a park, museum, nature center or school; assisting a scientist collecting bird census data; collecting data on water quality, or many others.

How do I become a Master Naturalist?

The Master Naturalist Program is in high demand. It is recommended that if you are interested in becoming a Master Naturalist to contact the Pickens County Extension Office.  We will add your name to the waiting list, so that you will be one of the first to know when registration opens.

Click Here to view the SC Master Naturalist Program state web site.