Missouri Master Naturalist Training

The training begins on July 25. Depending on the amount of notes I take, (and my interest in this webpage), I may divide this into several pages, or just one long page with dividers.

Advanced Training

Introductory Training

July 25-Orientation

We were given an overview of the class,  our box of publications and aldo leopold book , and met with the other members of the class.  I also met my doppelganger, Carl.

August 1-Ecological Concepts

Food webs, energy webs, chemical webs. Detritovores eat humus.

August 8-Botany Basics

Lala Kumar's last class.

August 15-Conservation History & Timekeeping

Ginger Miller & Arial-presenters.

August 22-Interpretation: How to do it

How to present information to an audience. Kr+Ka+AT=IO (Knowledge of Resource, Knowledge of Audience, Appropriate Techniques, Interperative opportunities). People love stories.

August 29-Soils & Geology

Soil formation and makeup. What happens to soils in different cliamates. Different soil types. Missouri bioregions.

September 5-Glade & Prairie Ecology

Originally 30% of the state, now very little original left. Restoration-some original prairie left. Reconstruction is replanting of disturbed prairie. Prairie plants and invasives described. Prairie animals. Management techniques. Rainfall and soil amounts determine what is forest, what is prairie.

September 12-Forest Management

Forest Ecosystems and types in Missouri. Forest structure. Site indexes.  Forests are 80-100% canopy. 30-80% is woodland. >30% is savannah. 15 forest types in MO.

September 19-Missouri River Ecology

Fisheries science section. What are you managing for. What information needed to manage. How to dermine fish age and populations.

September 26-Furbearer Management

Wildlife management and trapping. #1 nuisance species in MO is beaver, followed by geese and deer. Deer mngt affects turkey and rabbits as well. Food supply, nesting sites, escape and concealment cover, and water are what affects success of species. Best management practices for trapping. Current fur market is terrible, China is main buyer-but is drying up because of Trump instability.

October 3-Wetland Ecology

Neal Young-best presenter. Wetlands important for floodwater storage, improved water quality, recharging groundwater, slowing water flow,  and providing habitat. we now have 10% of pre-settlement wetlands. Types of wetlands and examples. Management techniques for wetlands.

October 10-Urban Forestry & Invasive Species

Importance of urban trees. Abiotic damage, diseases and pests. I had the presenter come out to diagnose the dying walnuts in the 07. She felt was probably construction (demolition) compaction of soil, not thousand cankers. How to plant, care for and prune. Invasives in urban areas.

October 17-Partner Night

Meeting with different partner organizations. Interested in Lakeside, Cave Springs, Stream Team training, Dunn Ranch Seed collection.

October 24-Graduation

Got my intern badge.

Field Training

August 26-Interpretation Fieldwork

3 hrs classwork. Presented on raptors for a 3rd grade class with Linda (from Lakeside).

September 2-Glade & Prairie Fieldwork

Went to Jerry Smith and Swope park prairies. Information overload in types of plants.


September 16-Forest Management Fieldwork

Burr Oak Woods hike.


September 23-Missouri River Fieldwork

Boat ride on Missouri and Kansas rivers, shocking fish and running trot lines.

October 7-Wetland Fieldwork

I wasn't able to attend this, Fall camp. Hope to be able to sneak in next year.