Cathy Backs developed a story hour in Lockwood Missouri during the summer of 2016 from a book titled "The Flight of the Honey Bee."  Kids learned the importance of bees as pollinators.  The kids did the waggle dance to communicate to each other, played a question and answer game and had a snack of fruits which were produced through pollination.  

The eight week story hour has been based on nature topics thanks largely to Cathy's dedication as a volunteer and a grant from the Missouri Environmental Education Association. 



Our mission is to engage people in the stewardship of our state's natural resources through science-based education and volunteer community service.


1. Improve public understanding of natural resources ecology and management by developing a pool of local knowledge about natural resources ecology that can be used to enhance education efforts within local communities.


2. Enhance existing natural resources education and outreach activities by providing natural resources training at the local level, thereby developing a team of dedicated and informed volunteers.


3. Develop a self-sufficient Missouri Master Naturalist volunteer network. 

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