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 and occur approximately every 2 weeks with the exception of Mardi Gras festivities and Easter.
*Note that the workshops may not be in this order and workshops locations are 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 a past program for reference:
Intro – mid January – 6pm-8pm – Nature Station, (Lafayette)
Workshop 1 – mid January – 8am-2pm – Nature Station, (Lafayette)
Workshop 2 – late January – 4pm Fri-2pm Sat– Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, (Grand Chenier) OVERNIGHT
Workshop 3 – mid February – 8am-2pm – Iberia Parish & Matt’s Restoration Property
Workshop 4 – early March – 9am-3pm – Lake Martin & Nature Station
Workshop 5 – late March – 9am-3pm – Jean LaFitte and Vermilionville, (Lafayette)
Workshop 6 – early April – 8am-2pm – LA State Arboretum, (Ville Platte)
Workshop 7 – mid April – 8pm-4pm – Allen’s Acres, (Pitkin) OVERNIGHT
Workshop 8 – early May – 8:30am-2:30pm – Butte LaRose
Workshop 9 – mid May – 4pm-10pm – Cade Farm, (Cade)
Workshop 10 – early June – 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. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.