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.
*Note* tentative dates and times below; subject to change.There are two overnight trips, if you cannot meet up on Friday, you are welcome to drive over on Saturday morning. This is the schedule for the upcoming 2020 Spring program:
Intro – January 10 – 6pm-8pm – Nature Station, (Lafayette)
Workshop 1 – January 11 – 8am-2pm – Nature Station, (Lafayette)
Workshop 2 – January 24-25 – 4pm-2pm – Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, (Grand Chenier)
Workshop 3 – February 15 – 10am-4pm – Iberia Parish
Workshop 4 – March 7 – 8:30am-3:30pm – Lake Martin & Henderson, (Breaux Bridge and Henderson)
Workshop 5 – March 21 – 9am-3pm – Jean LaFitte and Vermilionville, (Lafayette)
Workshop 6 – April 4 – 8am-2pm – LA State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Workshop 7 – May 1-2 – 10am-4pm – Allen Acres, (Pitkin)
Workshop 8 – May 9 – 8:30am-2:30pm – Avery Island
Workshop 9 – May 16 – 4pm-10pm – Cade Farm, Cade
Workshop 10 – June 6 – 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 $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 email@example.com.
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.