In my current role as a Horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension, I have the pleasure of working with Master Gardener volunteers who share a love of the outdoors and a willingness to give back to our communities.
U of I Extension is building a new group of volunteers that complements our Master Gardener program. This new group of volunteers is called Mater Naturalists. Our mission aims toward conservation and education.
Do you or your children remember that person who visited the classroom to teach about a specific nature topic? Perhaps they were referred to as the Bird Lady or Butterfly Lady. Today, these are our Master Naturalists.