Become an Acadiana Master Naturalist!

The primary purpose of the ACADIANA MASTER NATURALISTS (AMN) program is to educate Louisiana citizens about their flora and fauna, as well as other aspects of their environment, ecosystem and natural history. Once certified, the Acadiana Master Naturalists are required to use their talents to educate others or assist programs that promote and protect Louisiana’s natural heritage.  Topics include ecological regions of Louisiana, ecosystem management, geology and soils of Louisiana, plants, ornithology, entomology, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, archeology, astronomy and volunteer opportunities. The program is a great opportunity to learn about nature out in the field with like minded people.

Applications are due December 31st by 4 pm for the following years program. Workshops take place in the Spring of each year, from approximately January to June and occur approximately every 2 weeks with the exception of Mardi Gras festivities and Easter.

We are in the process of building our 2022 program.  Stay tuned for updates!

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20 people are accepted into the Master Naturalist program each year.  If you are interested in applying, please see the AMN application form page.  The fee is $200 and covers workshop costs, overnight facilities with breakfast, presenter stipend, administrative costs, and training materials.  There is a $50 discount for current students and educators!  For more information, please contact

Other Programs:

If you are looking for the AMN-Birding program, please go to our Birding Program page.

We have partnered with CENLA Master Naturalists, please see the CENLAMN page for more information.

Acadiana Master Naturalist Birders looking for birds