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Loess Hills Chapter - Missouri Master Naturalist

Welcome to the website for the Loess Hills Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalist Program.

The Loess Hills Chapter was established  in the spring of 2011, and named after the unusual geological formations of loess soil in the region. The word “loess” comes from a German word meaning “loose” and describes the way the soil is blown to its resting place. The jagged edges of the soil particles allow it to “lock” together and form some very impressively steep hills. Loess hills are prone to erosion in wet areas, but are very stable when dry.

The Missouri Master Naturalistâ„¢ program is a community-based natural resource education and volunteer service program for adults, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension.

The mission is to engage Missourians in the stewardship of our state’s natural resources through science-based education and volunteer community service.

Missouri Master Naturalist volunteers support conservation efforts and natural resource education in their local communities.

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