Introduction to CenLa Master Naturalist

Master Naturalist programs exist to provide natural history and environmental stewardship education to interested adults and to establish a corps of well informed volunteers. Almost every state has a master naturalist program. The training is typically provided in the form of 10 to 12 workshops that include classroom and field instruction. The programs are designed to be both educational and fun for all participants. Upon completion of the required number of workshops, graduates receive certification and are expected to thereafter complete a certain minimal number of volunteer hours and continuing education credits per year to maintain certification status.

drawing of snake being eaten by ants

Drawing of a snake being eaten by ants by Betsy Trammell

There are currently 5 chapters in Louisiana, located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Shreveport. The CenLa Master Naturalist program, based in Alexandria, will open its’ program in October, 2017. Workshops will be held on Saturdays, approximately 2 per month, October through April. Locations will include the Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery at Forest Hill, Louisiana State Arboretum at Chicot Lake St Park, and LSUA. Each workshop will provide approximately 6 hours of training including classroom and field work.

We plan to include the following workshop topics: Orientation and Introduction to CenLa MN, Nature Journaling, Geology and Soils of Louisiana, Wetlands Ecology, Water Quality, Native Herbaceous Plants, Woody Plants, Ornithology, Entomology, Reptiles/Amphibians, Fish/crawfish, Stream Ecology, Mammals, Ferns/ Mosses/ Fungi, and Astronomy.

Registration for the course is now open. The class will be limited to approximately 20 people and the fee for each participant will be $50. We cannot guarantee acceptance of all applicants. A wait list will be established if needed. Interested persons should fill out and return the application form to the address indicated as soon as possible as order of receipt of applications will factor in acceptance. Please submit application forms by September 22, 2017.

drawing of a Golden Orb Weaver spider

Illustration of a Golden Orb Weaver by Betsy Trammell

illustration of a green tree frog

Green Tree Frog – Illustration by Betsy Trammell

CenLa Master Naturalist Workshop List 2017/2018

1) Oct 7-Introduction to CenLa MN-M Floyd and S Trammell/Nature journaling- Betsy Trammell/ Louisiana Geology-Jacqueline Richard and Soils-Mike Lindsey)

2)  Oct 21- Woody Plant ID-Kim Hollier/ Woody Plant Biology-S Trammell (La St Arboretum)

3)  Oct 29-Native Plants/Wild Flowers – Charles Allen (Pitkin)

4)  Nov 3-Astronomy- Roger Breedlove

5)  Nov 18-Wetlands Ecology and Water Quality-Angella Capello

6)  Jan 13-Nature Potpourri/Interpretive Hike- Steve Shively

7)  TBD-Ferns/Mosses/Fungi- TBD

8)  Feb 24-Stream Ecology-Leesia Marshall (LSUA)

9)  March 10-Fish/Crawfish- Paul Whitehead/Jay Huner

10) March 24-Reptiles and Amphibians-Bones Glorioso

11) April 14- Insects-Christof Stumpf (LSUA)

12)April 21- Mammals-Carol Corbat (LSUA)

13)May4/5-Birds-M Floyd/R Breedlove/L Marshall- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge


To apply for the CenLa Master Naturalists, please visit our Application Form Page


CenLA Board of Directors, Officers and Board Members

Marty Floyd-President

Leesia Marshall-Vice President

Willis (Sonny) Trammell-Secretary

Betsy Trammell-Treasurer

Roger Breedlove

Jackie Duncan

Angie Norman

Mary Ann Reddock

Jay Huner

Paul Whitehead

Angela Capello