CenLa Master Naturalist Program 2019/2020
Open for applications

The mission of Master Naturalist programs is to provide natural history and environmental stewardship education to interested adults (18 and over) and to establish a potential corps of well informed volunteers. Almost every state has master naturalist programs. Training in the CenLa MN program is provided in 12 to 14 workshops that include classroom and field instruction. Programs are organized to be both educational and fun for all participants. The workshops include introductory material and are designed to include people who have little or no background in natural science. Upon completion of the required number of workshops, graduates receive certification and are encouraged to 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 7 chapters in Louisiana, located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria. The CenLa Master Naturalist program, based in Alexandria, was established in 2017 and has graduated classes in 2018 and 2019. Workshops are held on Saturdays, usually 2 per month, October through April. Locations for the 2019/2020 class will include the Louisiana State Arboretum at Chicot Lake St Park, Allen Acres in Pitkin, the Westside Library in Alexandria and potentially other sites in Central Louisiana. Most workshops provide approximately 5 hours of training including classroom and field work.

Plans for the 2019/2020 class are to include workshops in the following subjects: Geology and Soils of Louisiana, Wetlands Ecology and Water Quality, Piney Woods Ecosystems, Native Herbaceous Plants, Trees and Shrubs, Ornithology, Entomology, Reptiles/Amphibians, Fish/crawfish, Mammals, and Astronomy.

The current fee for the class is $50 per person. Please address questions and request for application to cenlamasternaturalist@gmail.com

illustration of a green tree frog

Green Tree Frog – Illustration by Betsy Trammell

CenLa Master Naturalist Workshop List 2019/2020

10/5/19 Intro to Master Naturalist/Tree ID- S Trammell/Kim Hollier (La St Arboretum)

10/19/19 Native Plants – Charles Allen (Allen Acres,Pitkin)

11/9/19 Geology/Soils- Jacquelin Richard/Mike Lindsey (La St Arboretum)

12/7/19 Birds- Erik Johnson (La St Arboretum)

TBA Astronomy

1/25/20 Mammals/La Bears/Feral Hogs- J Manuel/P Davidson/ G Cavalier (Louisiana St Arboretum))

3/14/20 Insects- Stacy Blomquist (West Side Library)

TBA Wetlands Ecology

TBA Crawfish/Fish Hatchery Tour

TBA Pine Forest Ecology

TBA Reptiles/Amphibians

TBA Birding Outing

TBA Native Plant ID Hike


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

drawing of a Golden Orb Weaver spider

Illustration of a Golden Orb Weaver by Betsy Trammell

Willis (Sonny) Trammell-Secretary

Betsy Trammell-Treasurer

Roger Breedlove

Jackie Duncan

Angie Norman

Mary Ann Reddock

Jay Huner

Leslie Davis

Angela Capello

Wilton Guillory