Arizona Master Naturalist Association
The Maricopa Master Naturalist Chapter is a volunteer leadership training program designed to enhance the quality of educational, community science, and stewardship services that participants provide to community partners. Requirements for the program include completing a 60-hour training course and giving back 20-60 hours of volunteer service annually. Read more on our about us page.
We are a chapter of the Arizona Master Naturalist Association. The AZMNA is a member of the
We are an Arizona 501c3.
The Arizona Master Naturalist Association and its chapters are committed to developing Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive programs for everyone in the state of Arizona.
Our Chapter of the Arizona Master Naturalists resides on the colonized land of indigenous peoples. This land and its resources were successfully stewarded by indigenous groups for thousands of years, and the descendants of these groups still live on and steward this land. The land that is now called Arizona is the ancestral home of twenty-two federally recognized native nations: the land that our chapter does most of its work on is the ancestral homeland of several of these groups, including the Tohono O’odham, the Akimel O’odham, the Pee Posh, and the Yavapai Apache.
The area in which we do our naturalist work would not be habitable without the canal systems built to utilize the resources of the Salt and Gila rivers, and we acknowledge the generations of mathematicians, architects, artists, and agricultural experts who, prior to colonization, built the irrigation systems that made our presence here possible.
Enroll for our next Cohort and learn from leading experts about our desert ecosystem to use what you’ve learned to protect, care for and teach others. You will learn how to interpret what you’ve learned in order to develop relationships with local partners and lead projects that will benefit the environment and the community at large.
Our partners include a variety of groups, businesses, organizations, and government agencies that support, protect and maintain our desert ecosystem. By partnering with MCPMN you will have access to our community leaders who can help you develop, promote and facilitate your give-back projects and campaigns.
Our Master Naturalists are trained to serve in three capacities: stewardship, community science, and education and have a wealth of knowledge and skills.
There are lots of ways that you can support the MCPMN without having to become one. Some of our volunteer projects are open to the public and we encourage you join us. If you aren’t quite ready to take the course to become a Certified Master Naturalist we also have a “Friend Of" option. We are always on the search for any relevant subject-matter experts who are willing to share their wisdom with our cohorts whether its during our core 60 hr course or for one of the monthly chapter meetings. And of course, monetary donations are also appreciated.
I have learned so much about my local environment and ecology through this course. I am so grateful for the opportunity to use what I’ve learned to benefit my community.
I love all of the amazing partners I have been able to work with as a Master Naturalist. And being able to lead such a wonderful group of people while learning and caring for the natural world has been a rewarding experience.