Support and Join Us!


The Naturalist School is committed to helping people from all walks enter and experience nature more deeply and intimately by learning ecology and growing creativity. Our program partners throughout the U.S. and Canada host our workshops and hikes, but our adventures take us most often to the conservation areas and nature preserves in the Loess Hills, the Missouri and Platte River watersheds, and the Nishnabotna and Nodaway River Valleys in Iowa.


TNS is a private, independent nonprofit educational organization in partnership with Golden Hills RC&D. We rely on donations and grants to pay for our programs. Please support citizen science, conservation, and our good work to bring people closer to nature by making a contribution in any amount or by becoming a member. All donations and memberships are tax-deductible.

Yearly membership is $100. Members will receive discounted tuition for our year-round workshops. Membership for full-time students is $25.

Please join us! Our programs are open to adults of all walks and levels of experience. You can contribute by writing a check to “The Naturalist School.” Mail to:

The Naturalist School  c/o Golden Hills RC&D

712 South Hwy Street, PO Box 189

Oakland, Iowa 51560