The Oregon Master Naturalist Program educates a volunteer network dedicated to the conservation of Oregon’s natural resources.
The Oregon Master Naturalist Program is part of Oregon State University Extension Extension Service within the Forestry and Natural Resources Program - http://extensionweb.forestry.oregonstate.edu/. It is for people interested in Oregon’s natural history, ecology and natural resources management who want to dedicate their time as volunteers. Nearly 30 states nationwide have similar programs.
The Oregon Master Naturalist Program provides an opportunity to learn about natural resources through the study of scientifically sound information: the ecology and natural history of plants, animals, habitats, and geology, the history and processes of landscape change, as well as the most relevant topics in present-day sustainable natural resource management.
Coursework is generally conducted first through an online course covering general statewide topics, followed by in-person, field-based courses focusing on Oregon's 8 Ecoregions.
Participants who become full-fledged Oregon Master Naturalists volunteer for natural resources programs, agencies, organizations, and other groups in their communities. Volunteering can be through: 1) public education/interpretation programs, 2) land stewardship projects, 3) citizen science projects, or 4) program/agency support.
Mission: The Mission of the Oregon Master Naturalist Program is to develop a statewide corps of knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated volunteers who enrich their communities and enhance public awareness of Oregon’s natural resources through conservation education, scientific inquiry, and stewardship activities.
July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT Rocks tell stories of time passing, climate change and cataclysms. Floods cascaded across the Pacific Northwest. Mountains have roared. Come explore the rich geologic history of central Oregon.
Join Master Naturalist - Oregon State University tonight at 7:00 PM for our next Stay at Home webinar. Bill Weiler, wildlife biologist for the Sandy River Watershed Council, will discuss how climate change impacts the Columbia Gorge and what we can do to make ecosystems more resilient. The webinar is FREE and open to anyone. Click this link to pre-register: https://beav.es/4EV
Here's a terrific opportunity to learn about volcanoes in the high desert. Sign up today!
Central Oregon Volcanoes:
This series is ideal for educators, interpretative rangers, naturalists, and anyone who has an interest in geology or in the landscapes and natural history of central Oregon. Four separate courses are offered throughout the year, each consisting of a Friday evening lecture and a Saturday field trip. These are stand alone courses - they can be taken individually, or participants can register for the entire series.
Continuing education units are available for anyone needing professional development courses.
Please visit the course website for details about these classes, and how to register:
Got plans to be outdoors this summer? Attend this webinar to learn about this year's fire season outlook.
Pre-season climate and weather variables point to an especially active fire season this year for the Pacific Northwest. During this webinar, we’ll explore the factors that make up this outlook, define what a normal fire season looks like for the Northwest, and discuss the potential uncertainties t...
The City of Albany and Calapooia Watershed Council are looking for volunteers to help with an environmental education event for elementary students. For details, please read further:
Join the Calapooia Watershed Council in partnership with the City of Albany Public Works and Parks & Recreation departments in delivering outdoor education to elementary students in Albany, OR. This will be our fifth year offering our Urban Ecology field trips, where students learn about Water Quality, Soil Science, Wetland Ecology (Talking Water Gardens), and Invasive Species. We are in need of volunteers who can share their love of nature with children by leading the learning stations. Volunteers will lead the station of their choice 4 times over the course of the day, with a 30 minute break for lunch (please bring your own lunch).
A volunteer training will provide all information and materials needed to lead the stations, so no scientific expertise required!
Sign up for the training here. If you cannot make the training, contact Kristen Daly at [email protected].
Field trips run May 6 – 10, May 14, May 16 - 17, & May 20, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Come to as many or as few of the trips as you’d like!
Learning station overview
Water Quality – Lead students in testing the pH, dissolved oxygen, and temperature of Cox Creek.
Soil Science – Teach students about soil compaction, infiltration and texture using hands-on activities.
Wetland Ecology – Lead a tour through the Talking Water Gardens, highlighting its benefits to water quality and wildlife habitat.
Invasive Species – Introduce the topic of invasive plants and animals and supervise students as they remove Himalayan blackberry.
To participate, please contact Kristen Daly at [email protected]. We’d like to have all our station leaders scheduled by April 22nd, but of course we’ll accommodate late sign ups too.
Looking for a worthwhile volunteer opportunity in the Willamette Valley? Join the City of Albany and the Calapooia Watershed Council at Talking Water Gardens this weekend! We will be planting native shrubs as part of a Western Pond Turtle habitat enhancement project at the Gardens. Click the link below for details & RSVP.
Looking for a Continuing Education opportunity for your Oregon Master Naturalist certification? This event looks to be an amazing opportunity to hear from one of the nation's most respected and renowned marine biologists, Dr. Sylvia Earle. Click on the link below for further details.
Join us for The Future of Our Oceans Featuring 2019 Visiting SAGE Dr. Sylvia Earle & The Oceans Expo Sunday, May 19, Oceans Expo at 2:30 pm; Main event at 4 pm Location: PSU Viking Pavilion, Portland Global oceans champion, Dr. Sylvia Earle, will speak about the future of our oceans as the 2019 Visi...
Mark your calendars for the 2019 Starker Lecture Series, sponsored by the OSU College of Forestry.
The 2019 Starker Lecture Series will focus on tribal forestry. Aspects of tribal forestry are unique, but others look similar to private and public land management throughout our state and nation. Topics include indigenous forest and subsistence practices, the history and future of tribal forestry i...
Are you ready for the Big One? Register for this Oregon State Science on Tap lecture in Portland on November 1st.
What can we expect during and after the Big One? How might the metro area be most affected? We've heard about the importance of emergency kits, but what is a "Go Bag?" Learn about this and other anticipated realities from one of OSU’s leading researchers in emergency preparedness, Patrick Corcora...
Volunteer opportunity - A great way to get volunteer hours for those of you who live in Central Oregon.
OSU Community Day
October 6, 2018
10am - 2pm
If you like to get folks excited about trees, especially youth, this is a great opportunity.
OSU Community Day will occur in conjunction with the 4-H Kickoff for October 6th from 10am-2pm. OSU Extension is planning on having a schedule of activities all day and would love it if there could be a tree-related activity such as decorating tree "cookie" necklaces, or learning about tree physiology with wooden bubble blowers.
If anyone is interested in hosting the station (ideally 2-3 people), the OSU Extension Forester will help you through the activity and set you up with all the materials needed for a fun and engaging youth activity station that also teaches kids about trees. Spanish speaking is a bonus feature that can come in handy!
If interested, please contact Nicole Strong (OSU Extension Forester) at [email protected] or (541) 548-6088.
Listen to Oregon State University College of Forestry’s John Bailey distill the issues surrounding wildfire and how society will need to alter over 100 years of wildfire suppression practices to create more resilient landscapes in an era of climate change. (His interview is the first 25 minutes of this podcast)
Professor John Bailey, an expert on all things fire, tells us about controlled burning, silviculture, and why Smokey Bear had it all wrong.
It’s been hot and dry lately - the perfect condition for wildfires. Learn how the US Forest Service is analyzing wildfire risk in Oregon and Washington to help change the way society views fire, from a menace to an ally in creating more resilient landscapes.
The U.S. Forest Service and others have been saying for decades that we need to allow more wildfire on the landscape. But so far, we haven't practiced what we preach.
The Birds of North and Middle America Checklist is the official source on the taxonomy (classification and naming of birds) of birds found in North and Middle America, including adjacent islands. T…
Thank you to Oregon State University - Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center’s Rachel Werling and planning team for launching an amazing Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains Ecoregion Master Naturalist field course! A HUGE thank you also to instructors and partners who participated in the first weekend of the course, including Jad D’Allura (SOU geology and chemistry professor); Terry Fairbanks with the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative and BLM - retired; Marko Bey (Executive Director) and Belinda Brown (Tribal Partnerships Manager) with the Lomakatsi Restoration Project; Steve Niemela and Amy Dar (biologists) with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Kristi Mergenthaler (botanist) with the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and Siskiyou Chapter, Native Plant Society of Oregon; Dennis Vroman (Bird expert, US Forest Service - retired); and the Siskiyou Field Institute.
Seems like a must read for all those interested in the environmental history of the Willamette River.
Despite Oregon's green reputation, the health of one of its major rivers has long been, and continues to be, a source of shame. In his new book from Oregon State University Press, James V. Hillegas-Elting recounts the early history of efforts to restore it to health.
The waiting for a field guide to the moths of western states will soon be over (well, in 2022, at least).
A reason to celebrate indeed!
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Become a Master Naturalist in the Klamath Basin!
Oregon State University Extension's Master Naturalist program is being offered in Klamath Basin this year for the third consecutive year. The program is for people interested in Oregon's natural history and natural resource management who want to dedicate their time as knowledgeable and informed volunteers.
To become a certified OSU Extension Master Naturalist, a participant must complete an online course, participate in a series of field trips, and perform 40 hours of public service. Enrollment is now open for six Klamath Basin field trips scheduled for June 2018. Enrollment fees apply.
A free informational meeting about the Klamath Basin field trips is planned for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St. Meet Master Naturalists from Klamath Falls, and check out what the program has to offer.
What kind of volunteer work do Master Naturalist volunteers perform? Many kinds! Lead a nature walk. Perform citizen science. Help care for public lands. Support a conservation organization.
Additional information: oregonmasternaturalist.org/Ecoregion_courses, or call the Klamath County Museum at 541-882-1000.
This NPR piece details how the funding of our wildlife heritage is at risk due to dwindling funds that have historically come from hunters. Hunter numbers have been on a steady decline for decades. How will funding for wildlife management & protection in the coming decades occur? What are your thoughts?
The steady drop is expected to accelerate in coming years, threatening the much-lauded model through which the U.S. has paid for conservation.
As fire is an integral part of many ecosystems, understanding its history and ecology is crucial to any naturalist. Stephen J. Pyne is one of the most knowledgable authors on the subject, and this on-going series is a great place to begin learning. Word from the publisher is that a volume on the Pacific Northwest is expected in the not too distant future.
For Stephen J. Pyne's sixth book in his fascinating "To the Last Smoke" series from The University of Arizona Press, he takes the interior western U.S. as his subject.
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This is a video showing some of the cool things we found during a field trip for the Oregon Master Naturalist Program's Sandy Beaches and Dunes class, which is a required class for participants who are getting their Oregon Coast Ecoregion Specialization. This class took place on July 23-24, 2011, and was taught by Dr. Stewart Schultz, professor of biology - Department of Maritime Science, University of Zadar, Croatia
Oregon Master Naturalist Participant Perspective
Abby Metzger, an Oregon Master Naturalist Participant, recently participated in the Oregon Master Naturalist Online course, and is on her way to becoming an Oregon Master Naturalist. Hear why she became a part of the Oregon Master Naturalist Program.