Study Oregon's natural history and examine natural resource management practices.

Designed For
Those interested in Oregon's natural history and how our state’s natural resources are sustainably managed. .
Dates
September 2017
Delivery
Online, instructor-led
Cost
Online course: $325.00
Ecoregion: $250.00
Units
The Wildlife Society: 40 Contact Hours in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist Certificate program
Course Length
 Approximately 40 hours of coursework and 40 hours of volunteering

With Oregon Master Naturalist Online, learn about natural history, ecology and natural resource management practices by studying many aspects of the Oregon’s environment.

The Oregon Master Naturalist Program provides an opportunity to learn about natural resources through the study of scientifically sound information:

  • The natural history of plants
  • Animals
  • Habitats
  • Geology
  • The history and processes of landscape change
  • And the most relevant topics in present-day sustainable natural resource management

As a part of the program, you get to volunteer for natural resources programs, agencies, organizations, and other groups in their communities.

This research-based course is offered each year in January and September.

Mission

The Mission of the Oregon Master Naturalist Program is to develop a statewide corps of knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated volunteers who enrich their communities and enhance public awareness of Oregon’s natural resources through conservation education, scientific inquiry, and stewardship activities.

For more information on requirements to become a certified Oregon Master Naturalist, visit this page.

 

Terra Magazine

Read about the Oregon Master Naturalist program in the article "Corps of Discovery" from Oregon State University's Terra Magazine, and watch the accompanying video "The Nature of Oregon."

 

Upon completion of the Oregon Master Naturalist Online certificate, you will receive a digital badge. Showcase your digital badge on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media platforms to show friends, colleagues and potential employers what you’ve learned!

 

  • The natural history of plants, animals, habitats and geology.
  • The history and processes of landscape change.
  • Relevant topics in present-day sustainable natural resource management.
"For me the pace and amount of material presented or made available for additional reading was just right.  Jason was on top of things when there was a computer glitch of any kind and promptly answered questions.   Overall, I am very satisfied with the course."
William Buckley, OSU ChemE 1967 
"I have already used the watershed portion of the course in my fellowship to help prepare for a presentation. Thanks to Jason and his organization and insightful comments."
Wendy Doerner
"Overall a lot of really great information presented in a way that made it easy to understand. Online courses were straightforward and not overly technical, with avenues to get more technical if interested. In-person courses were well organized and very informative; the speakers for each were excellent."
Diane Lang Oregon Master Naturalist Course
"I enjoyed the course materials immensely, especially all the added graphics, videos, and interesting additional online resources. I can only compliment the materials and pace of the course."
Diane Lang 

Option 1 of Master Naturalist Online is the full certification. This involves about 40 hours of coursework and 40 hours of volunteering.

Option 2 is only 40 hours of instruction, and there is no volunteering requirement, but participants do not receive certification at the end of the course. Option 2 credits are retroactive, so a participant who has taken Option 2 can complete volunteer hours later and still receive certification.

Oregon’s Natural History is a self-paced course that contains much of the same information as the Oregon Master Naturalist online course, but does not count toward Master Naturalist certification.

No, it cannot. Only Options 1 and 2 count toward a Master Naturalist certification.

Option 1 of Master Naturalist Online is the full certification. This involves about 40 hours of coursework and 40 hours of volunteering. You must complete all 80 hours to receive certification.

Option 2 is only 40 hours of instruction, and there is no volunteering requirement, but participants do not receive certification at the end of the course. Option 2 credits are retroactive, so a participant who has taken Option 2 can complete volunteer hours later and still receive certification.

Oregon’s Natural History is a self-paced course that contains much of the same information as the Oregon Master Naturalist online course, but does not count toward Master Naturalist certification.

Please go to BlackBoard support and click on the link on the lower right-hand side of the page titled “Forgot Password?”.

The course takes 10 weeks to complete. Participants should expect to spend between 6 and 9 hours each week on coursework. The last three weeks are designed to have a lower work load in case participants need to catch up.

Participants of both Option 1 and Option 2 take the same course. The difference between the two options is that those enrolled in Option 1 intend to volunteer and take additional courses in order to become Oregon Master Naturalists. Option 2 costs more than Option 1 because we subsidize the volunteer service paid back by those who become Oregon Master Naturalists.

The online course is designed to be taken first, as it is the core and introductory curriculum. Because there is no policy that says you have to take the classes in any specific order, you could take the ecoregion specialization course first. There is no time limit between taking the online course and the Ecoregion course. 

To receive a 100% refund (minus the nonrefundable registration fee) you must send a written request to withdraw seven days before the first day of class. There is no refund for withdrawals on or after the first day of class. All refund requests must be sent to learn@oregonstate.edu.