There is something new happening in Hannibal and Northeast Missouri. A new chapter has formed, called the Northeast Missouri Master Naturalists.

There is something new happening in Hannibal and Northeast Missouri. A new chapter has formed, called the Northeast Missouri Master Naturalists.

The group was formed when 20 people completed a 40-hour training course last August at Hannibal-LaGrange University. The curriculum was taught by instructors from the University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

As interns, these group members are required by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension to complete an additional 40 hours of volunteer work and eight hours of advance training within the following year.

The group decided on their capstone project — Becky's Butterfly Garden on Cardiff Hill in Hannibal. The Parks and Recreation Department purchased native plants to be introduced into the garden. Immediate results were achieved, with a spectacular spring blooming expected at the garden next year.