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 in December for the following years program. Workshops take place in the Spring of each year, from approximately January to June.


This is the schedule for the 2018 program for reference:

Intro – January 12 – 6pm-8pm – Nature Station, (Lafayette)
Workshop 1 – January 13 – 8am-2pm – Nature Station, (Lafayette)
Workshop 2 – January 26-27 – 4pm Fri-2pm Sat– Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, (Grand Chenier)
Workshop 3 – February 17 – 8am-2pm – Iberia Parish & Matt’s Restoration Property
Workshop 4 – March 10 – 9am-3pm – Lake Martin & Nature Station
Workshop 5 – March 24– 9am-3pm – Jean LaFitte and Vermilionville, (Lafayette)
Workshop 6 – April 8 – 8am-2pm – LA State Arboretum, (Ville Platte)
Workshop 7 – April 14 – 10am-4pm – Allen’s Acres, (Pitkin)
Workshop 8 – May 5 – 8:30am-2:30pm – Butte LaRose
Workshop 9 – May 19 – 4pm-10pm – Cade Farm, (Cade)
Workshop 10 – June 2 – 12pm-6pm – Ecology Center, (Lafayette)

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 $2o0 and covers workshops and training materials.  For more information, please contact Stacey Scarce at 337 291-8448 or email

Other Programs:

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


A new Master Naturalist chapter is forming in Central Louisiana! Please see the CENLAMN page for more information.

Acadiana Master Naturalist Birders looking for birds