The Osage Trails Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists will hold an orientation session for people interested in the volunteer program. The session will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 15, at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Kansas City Regional Office, 12405 S.E. Ranson Road, Lee’s Summit.

Missouri Master Naturalists participate in a community-based natural resource education and volunteer program. Sometimes they assist with MDC research or habitat improvement projects. They often serve at education or special event programs. Participants take special training about ecology and conservation. Master Naturalist chapters provide a corps of well-informed volunteers to serve nature and natural resources in their community in partnership with MDC. They also elect their own officers for chapter business, and they hold social events. The Master Naturalist program is sponsored by MDC and University of Missouri Extension.

For information about Master Naturalist activities in our area, visit Applications for membership are available on the web site and are due by June 25. Training classes begin July 24 and graduation is Oct. 23. Field trips are included in the training.

To learn more about the program, contact Ginger Miller at 816-759-7305, ext. 1136, or