Chert Glades Chapter

         ......providing education, outreach & service dedicated to management of natural  resources in southwest Missouri.


The Chert Glades Naturalists is a corps of volunteers who provide public education and community service aimed at promoting awareness and preservation of natural resources in the Joplin area. The group is part of the Missouri Master Naturalist program, established in 2004 through a partnership of the Missouri Department of Conservation and University of Missouri Extension.

The Chert Glades chapter leads projects that are specifically designed to meet local conservation needs, whether it is conducting stream water quality analysis, restoring natural communities or presenting public education programs. Whatever the need, its volunteers will help. The chapter has adopted the Walter Wood Conservation Area, south of Joplin, as its master project, assisting in a variety of ways in development of the new center.

Members of the Master Naturalist program receive 40+ hours of natural resource education, provided by experts in various fields. Once they have completed training and 40 hours of community service, they become certified Master Naturalists. Each year, they must complete 8 hours of continuing education and contribute 40 hours of service to maintain certification.