Volunteer Hours

In accordance with the bylaws of the NWLMN, Certified Master Naturalists must complete 20 hours of approved volunteer service each calendar year to maintain their good standing in the Association.  This requirement begins the first calendar year after certification.


  1. At least 50% (10) of the volunteer hours must be completed in the area covered by the NWLMN Chapter.
  2. All volunteer hours must be completed in the state of Louisiana unless an exception is provided for herein or approved by the Rules Committee and or the Board of the NWLMN Chapter.
  3. Volunteer hours in excess of 20 hours performed in one year do not carry over to the following year.
  4. All volunteer hours performed must be submitted on a completed form provided for that purpose in order to receive credit for completion. Forms should be submitted within 30 days of completion of the hours.  The person currently receiving these forms is our Vice President.
  5. A valid volunteer hour must be performed in keeping with the goals and mission statement of the Northwest Chapter of the LMN. Generally, it should aid in the improvement of, education of others about, or appreciation by others of the natural environment.
  6. If an individual fails to complete 20 acceptable volunteer hours in the calendar year, there will be an additional 10 hours of volunteer work penalty imposed. If an individual fails to complete all required hours in the second year, they will lose their certification.  (EX:  At the end of the first year, James has only completed 15 volunteer hours.  A 10-hour penalty is automatically imposed.  He now must complete a total of 35 volunteer hours in the second year = the five not previously completed, the 10 penalty hours, plus the 20 hours for the second year.)

The following entites’ volunteer opportunities have been pre-approved by the Volunteer Hours Committee.  You may research their respective event calendars directly, and sign up for opportunities that seem relevant to you.

  1. Red River Cleanup
  2. LMN Instructor Opportunites
  3. Red River National Wildlife Refuge
  4. Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park
  5. National Hunting and Fishing Day (Louisiana)
  6. Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society (cleanups, trail building and maintenance, etc.)
  7. Bayou to Bay
  8. Service to/for the Louisiana Master Naturalists
  9. Nature Conservancy (Louisiana)
  10. Louisiana State Parks
  11. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries
  12. Kisatchie National Forest (USDA)
  13. Rails to Trails
  14. Ouachita Mountains Biological Station (Approved exception to rule 2)
  15. Sci-port (added at Board of Director meeting on 15 September 2016)

Volunteer and Continuing Education Reporting Form
– Also available as a Word document

History & Authority:
On December 17, 2015, by unanimous vote of the board of the Northwest Louisiana Master Naturalists (NWLMN), a committee to formulate the rules for acceptable volunteer hours and continuing education hours was created.  The committee, consisting of three appointed board members, was created at that meeting.  The committee consisted of Amanda Lewis, Donna Burney, and Tom Goleman.  Hulya Onel and Micha Petty were added to this committee at the Board of Directors meeting on 15 September 2016.  These Committee members formulated the above policies, which were adopted by the Board of Directors.  Note: These polices have been reformatted for presentation on our site, however the substance has been maintained.