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Nature’s Way Donates to NCAMN Print
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Written by Anne Criss   

Terri and Anne at the starting lineThe morning of Saturday, October 25, 2014 dawned clear and crisp as runners began to gather at 8:00 a.m. for check-in at the Bull Shoals White River State Park. It was the start of The Big Bluff Challenge Trail Run, sponsored by Nature’s Way, The Health Food Store on the Square, in Mountain Home, AR. Run Coordinator Jake Anderson, Sports Nutrition Specialist at Nature’s way had set up the event with State Park Interpreter, Dru Edmonds.

Start of the Big Bluff Challenge

Through their collaboration and that of Jack Clayton, owner of Nature’s Way, proceeds from the race would be donated to NCAMN. Terri Argyle and I arrived at about 7:30 armed with brochures, applications and Naturalist in Training 2015 class schedules. We set up our table and were ready to answer any questions that the runners might have regarding the Master Naturalist Organization. This was new to us as this was the first time a local business had shown an interest in NCAMN and the many volunteer projects that we are involved with throughout the area. We were pleased that many of the runners were, in fact, interested in joining the NCAMN membership.



Jake Anderson, Anne Criss, Terri Argyle and Jack Anderson during Nature's Way check presentation to NCAMN


We were certainly surprised when Jack called to let me know that the donation from the race was $500.We would like to thank Jack and Ruth Ann Clayton, and Jake Anderson for their support of NCAMN and the work we do in the community.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:51
General News
Written by Ken Leonard   
The Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists scooped the awards at the Beaver Lake - Lake Smart / Stream Smart Project. The NWAMN chapter took the Organization of the Year Award, The Volunteer of the Year Award and the Stream Smart Team of the Year Award. The NWAMN are monitoring over 50% of the stream monitoring sites and the NWAMN have identified new sites and recruited new teams to sample the sites.
The Beaver Lake - Lake Smart / Stream Smart Project run by Ozarks Water Watch and the Beaver Lake Water District is monitoring the Beaver Lake watershed.  The project is building a data base that will be used to identify potential pollution issues and water quality changes in the watershed. Beaver Lake and its watershed is very important resource in Northwest Arkansas and its protection is extremely important. Beaver Lake supplies almost all of the water for the approximately 500,000 folks that live in NWA and Oklahoma.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 19:29
AMN Travels to the Arkansas State Parks Annual Interpretation Workshop Print
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Written by Anne Criss   

DeGray Lake State ParkThe Arkansas Master Naturalist Organization and other state-wide organizations and presenters were invited by Kelly Farrell, Chief of Interpretation and Program Services, to attend the meet-and-greet mixer at the Annual Arkansas State Parks Interpretation Workshop on August 19th. This annual conference, for approximately 70 State Park Interpreters, consists of agency updates, industry trends, hands-on practical skills training, networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. Although the Arkansas State Parks hold the Interpretation Workshop annually, the meet-and-greet is held every other year, the last one being in 2012. The theme of this year’s mixer, “A Market Place of Ideas,” was held at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck, AR.  This opening mixer and networking session was designed to put faces with names, ask questions, and explore potential partnerships. Exhibitors during the session were Arkansas Mycological Society, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Native Plant Society, Arkansas Living History, Project Learning Tree, Leopold Education Project, Arkansas Geological Survey, Arkansas Archeological Survey, as well as the Master Naturalist Organization, to name just a few.



Terri At Meet-And-Greet 









Accepting the invitation, Terri Argyle and I traveled to DeGray Lake Resort with a display that consisted of as many Master Naturalist handouts as we could put together, a tri-fold display, and a computer presentation that looped throughout the entire session, allowing visitors at our table to gather information and see photographs of  Master Naturalists in action as volunteers. Visitors collected brochures, informational handouts, and loved the butterfly milkweed seeds that we handed out…courtesy of CAMN.  We were able to talk, until we were hoarse, to many State Park Interpreters and answer their questions about who we are, what we do, how to access the AMN Website, and identify the AMN Chapter that might be close to their State Park.  We discovered that there are many parks that will be having special projects going on in the near future that may require AMN volunteers.  Several interpreters were interested in the possibility of creating new chapters in their areas. The Arkansas Master Naturalist Organization has now been introduced to many Arkansas State Park Interpreters and, although it was a long drive, both Terri and I felt that the trip was well worth it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 18:36
March 2014 Photo Contest Results Print
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Written by Joan Reynolds   

The Votes are in for the March Arkansas Master Naturalists Photo Contest!

This Month's Winner is Joe Tucker, of CAMN

"I Thought You Said Spring Was Just Around The Corner!!!"

Joe Tucker CAMN


Congratulations, Joe! 

Thanks go out to everyone who participated.

To see the complete list of finalists go to "Photo Contest" result.

April the topic is "New Beginnings".

Please send submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


January 2014 Photo Contest Results Print
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Written by Joan Reynolds   


The Votes are in for the January Arkansas Master Naturalists “Photo Contest”!

This month's winner is Peggy Kratzer of [NCAMN]:

January 2014 Photo Contest Winner

Congratulation, Peggy!

Thanks go out to everyone who participated.

To see the complete list of finalists go to "Photo Contest" results.

February the topic is "Nature's Beauty".

Please send submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 08:17

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