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Indiana Master Naturalist Program


The Indiana Master Naturalist (IMN) program can provide you with many hands-on opportunities to learn about our Hoosier natural resources. It also provides a way for you to share that knowledge, along with your life experiences, through volunteer service. The program is sponsored by the Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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  • Provide an introduction to Hoosier natural resources through the eyes of resource professionals and experts in the field
  • Provide an educational opportunity to individuals 9 years or older
  • Provide an opportunity for class participants to establish a short or long-term partnership with a natural resources agency or a local organization involved in natural resource management by volunteering as part of the class
  • Provide a financially self-supporting program


The mission of the Indiana Master Naturalist program is to bring together natural resource specialists with adult learners to foster an understanding of Indiana’s plants, water, soils, and wildlife, and promote natural resource volunteer service within the State of Indiana.

Who we are

The Indiana Master Naturalist program is governed by an advisory council with participation from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, City and/or County Park Departments, and Indiana Master Naturalist Alumni. The advisory council approves workshops offered, establishes program policies, and generally oversees the program statewide. The IMN funds are held and managed by the Indiana Natural Resource Foundation.


Advisory Council

  • Ginger Murphy, DNR Division of State Parks
  • Natalie Haley, Allen County Parks, and Recreation
  • Cookie Ferguson, IMN alumni
  • Mary Cutler, Naturalist, Tippecanoe County Parks
  • Phil Cox, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Vermillion County
  • Gina Anderson, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Floyd County
  • Brad Eisenhart, Waste Management of Indiana
  • Caitlin Stahl, Naturalist, Indianapolis Parks, and Recreation
  • Darci Zolman, Soil and Water Conservation District, Kosciusko County
  • Blair Beavers, Soil and Water Conservation District, Johnson County
  • Pardee Gunter, IMN alumni
  • Chuck Harvuot, IMN alumni
  • Elma Chapman, IMN alumni
  • Bill Spurlin, IMN alumni

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Program Coordinator

Jody Heaston, IMN State Coordinator
Ouabache State Park
4930 E. State Road 201
Bluffton, IN 46714

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