About

The Louisiana Master Naturalist Program (LMNP) is a
statewide, science-based certification program that promotes
awareness, understanding, and an appreciation
for Louisiana’s diverse natural heritage.

Students of the LMNP Northwest Chapter learn about our state’s unique ecosystems and their inhabitants through hands-on instruction in both the classroom and the field.  Once certified, Master Naturalists volunteer within the community as trained stewards of our natural environment.  The curriculum combines classroom and field experience to prepare aspiring naturalists with the skills they need to promote awareness and appreciation of Louisiana’s precious natural resources.

Workshop topics:

  • Biodiversity & Ecology (required)
  • Wildflowers
  • Trees & Shrubs
  • Insects & Spiders
  • Amphibians & Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Aquatic Life
  • Interpretation & Volunteering (required)
  • Additional topics are offered on a rotating basis. These may also be used as advanced study. See course schedule for more information.

Students must:

  • Attend an orientation session
  • Complete at least 7 training workshops
    including the 2 required topics
  • Complete a take-home exam, scoring 80% or higher
  • Classes are limited to 20 individuals and registration is required.

Serving as ambassadors for the natural world, Master Naturalists bring their own diverse skills, life experiences, and love of nature to all they do.
Within the community, Master Naturalists share their knowledge to help educate and inspire people to appreciate and care for the natural world.
Become a Master Naturalist and join others who are passionate about preserving our environment.