As the Ouachita forest, Ozarks and river valley radiates its autumn glow, enthusiastic volunteers known as Master Naturalists charge into the woods cleaning up hiking trails and rivers, cultivating native plant gardens and testing water quality in local streams.
The River Valley chapter of Arkansas Master Naturalists is also looking for new members to join them in learning about and preserving Arkansas wildlife. Classes begin in January on botany, entomology, mammals, meteorology, birding, archeology and much more. After completing the Master Naturalist program, volunteers are armed with knowledge that can change lives, help the environment and make a difference in the world.
Arkansas Master Naturalists logged nearly 27,000 volunteer hours in the state in 2012, working with such organizations as Arkansas State Parks, Audubon Arkansas, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U. S. Forest Service, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and others.
Application: For an application form and information about next year’s classes Click HERE for page with information and APPLICATION
Questions about the River Valley Chapter: Email:
Photos: To see photos taken during volunteer and training, click on this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cosmicdude1/sets
Where are River Valley Arkansas Master Naturalists from? We have members from Russellville, Atkins, Dover, Bigelow, Conway, Dardanelle, Subiaco, Danville and the Fort Smith area.
Where do River Valley Arkansas Master naturalists volunteer? RVAMN volunteer at Lake Dardanelle State Park, Mt Nebo State Park, Petit Jean State Park and Mt. Magazine State Park. We have helped the Army Corps of Engineers at Bona Dea and Old Post Park and helped the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commssion at Dardanelle Rock. Four times a year we do Arkansas Game and Fish Commission sponsored Stream Team on the Illinois Bayou. We have adopted a road for the city of Russellville and do clean up 4 times a year.