Nebraska Master Naturalist Program

Matthew Jones

Program Coordinator

Matt Jones

Matt is a Certified Master Naturalist and a native of Kearney, Nebraska. Matt has his teaching certificate in secondary Social Studies education and got his start at Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary as an Americorps Volunteer in 2010 assisting in developing programing and coordinating volunteers. This paired his love for Natural Resources and sharing them with others. Joining the Nebraska Master Naturalist Program in 2012 has given him an excellent opportunity to experience unique areas of Nebraska and connect with fellow Nebraskans. Matt's primary role is to plan future training opportunities, recruit participants and facilitate trainings. You can find him in the Buffalo County Extension Office in Kearney, NE. He can be reached at or 402-937-8601.

Doug Wells

Program Assistant

Doug Wells

Doug is a Certified Master Naturalist since 2015 and a native of Omaha, Nebraska. After a long stint overseas with the Peace Corps and the U.S. State Department, Doug moved back in 2014 to reconnect with the life he led before he left, being in Nebraska's great outdoors and enjoying all it has to offer. For him, the NMN program is a perfect fit. At his office on UNL's East Campus in Lincoln, Doug helps out with keeping the website up to date, preparing newletters and handling various mailings as well as helping out with NMN training events and answering inquiries. In addition to helping out with the NMN program office, Doug has a part-time job as a Naturalist at Platte River State Park. He can be reached at

About the Program

With the Nebraska Master Naturalist Program you can get up close and personal with Nebraska's natural resources! Participants will engage in nearly 60 hours of in-depth training, led by experts in their fields. Learn about Nebraska's ecosystems, plants and animals, conservation biology, and so much more!

Explore Nebraska alongside scientists, faculty, and natural resource professionals. Contribute your time and expertise through exciting volunteer opportunities in habitat conservation, environmental education, citizen science, and more. Most importantly, Connect with Nebraskans who share your passion for nature.

The Master Naturalist Program is open to any Nebraskan age 19 and up with the desire to explore Nebraska's natural resources. To register for an upcoming training you can Apply Now.

Our Mission

The Nebraska Master Naturalist Program educates a volunteer network dedicated to promoting the conservation of Nebraska's natural resources.

Our Vision

The Nebraska Master Naturalist Program will be recognized, state-wide and nationally, as a sustainable, science-based, conservation, and education volunteer program.

Founders of Nebraska Master Naturalists

Since 2010, a dedicated group of Program Partners and Master Naturalists have built the foundation to this program. Support has been provided by the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska Environmental Trust, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and many others. Learn more about our partners here.

Our Logo

The Nebraska Master Naturalist Program is proud to have the Burrowing Owl as its programmatic logo. The logo image was decided upon through the assistance of our Master Naturalist Steering Committee, who have been dedicated to the success of this program every step of the way. To us, the owl represents wisdom and strength, two things that are highly evident in a trained Master Naturalist.

Our logo image is inspired by a photograph of a majestic male Burrowing Owl, created by photographer and native Nebraskan, Michael Forsberg. Michael Forsberg's iconic conservation photographs are recognized throughout Nebraska. His goal has been to try to capture the wild spirit that still survives in these wide-open spaces and put a face to the often overlooked native creatures and landscapes found there. His hope is that the images can build appreciation and work to inspire conservation efforts on the land far into the future.

We thank Sarah Rehme, our extremely talented artist, who designed the beautiful logo image you see at the top of the page. As a graduate student of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Wildlife Ecology, she studies the habitats of grassland birds. Her talents are many, as her artistry can be seen in logos across the state.
It is through the dedication and talents of many individuals that our logo is possible. We thank you all!