On Becoming a Master Naturalist:
The South Carolina Master Naturalist Program is currently offered through Host Site locations only (see these to the right).
Ways to Obtain Training:
Individuals may sign up for training at a local Host Site by following the links on the right side of this page. These field-based training sessions typically last 12 weeks, meeting all day, one day per week.
Advanced training is offered by Host Sites throughout the state specifically to provide additional training for Master Naturalists in a different physiographic region. Eight (8) hours of advanced training are required each year as part of your volunteer service requirement.
Completion of a 12-week SC Master Naturalist course plus 30 hours of volunteer service which includes 8 hours of advanced training.
Statewide Master Naturalist
1. Complete a 12-week SC Master Naturalist course plus 30 hours of volunteer service which includes 8 hours of advanced training. Volunteer service hours and advanced training must be entered in the Master Naturalist Online Volunteer Hour Reporting System.
2. Complete 16 hours of advanced training in each of two (2) additional SC biogeographical regions. The biogeographical regions in SC are the Blue Ridge, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain, and Coastal Zone (see map below). Advanced training must be entered in the Master Naturalist Online Volunteer Hour Reporting System.
3. Complete an advanced training on interpretation skills offered by the State Master Naturalist Office or an interpretation course approved by the State Coordinator. Training hours must be entered in the Master Naturalist Online Volunteer Hour Reporting System.
Statewide Master Naturalists are recognized by an emerald placed in the first jewel location on the Master Naturalist name tag. Name tags must be sent to the State Office where certification will be verified in the Online Volunteer Hour Reporting System and the emerald awarded.
Required Paperwork for Training:
All participants who go through SC Master Naturalist training at our various Host Sites around the state are required to complete certain paperwork. Generally, this paperwork is completed on the first day of class. Occasionally, the Host Site may direct you to download, complete and bring forms, located here, with you to the first class.