Get Involved!

There are three different ways you can get involved in the Wisconsin Master Naturalist (WIMN) program: as a volunteer, as an instructor, or as a host organization.

Why become a WIMN volunteer?

If you enjoy hiking, bird watching, following tracks, or identifying wildflowers, you'll love being a naturalist volunteer. Master naturalists are a motivated, fun, and interesting group of people whose backgrounds are as diverse as their interests: teachers, retired professionals, anglers, nature guides, hunters, eco-tour operators, farmers, and...YOU! But they have so much in common, as well.

Beyond their love of nature is a drive for life-long learning and a desire to provide service for their communities. The statewide WIMN program is designed to support our volunteers' tremendous efforts by providing a variety of educational resources, matching volunteers to needed service, and creating networks among volunteers and natural resources professionals throughout the state.

 

Why become a WIMN instructor?

Instructors are professional environmental educators who train WIMN volunteers because they 1) share a passion for our mission to strengthen natural resources literacy and 2) want to increase conservation services in their communities.

Since the Volunteer Training Course is held at your organization's site, you provide a new group of volunteers to help meet education/interpretation, stewardship, and/or citizen science goals at your site. These volunteers then have a statewide network of support to help them stay engaged; up-to-date on current science and natural resources issues; and connected to resources, natural resources professionals, and other volunteers. The Volunteer Training Course capstone projects are designed around your host organization's needs, so course participants focus throughout the course on programs and projects at your site.

Becoming a WIMN instructor is really a professional development opportunity.  Preparing and teaching the Volunteer Training Course is an opportunity to refresh your base knowledge about the state's natural resources and to connect with natural resources professionals across the state. Finally, teaching the Volunteer Training Course is really fun. Participants are eager to learn and to work hard. They really enjoy the experience and feel grateful to be part of this conservation effort.

Why become a host organization?

Wisconsin is blessed with many organizations that provide environmental education and conservation management services throughout the state. Any organization that provides environmental education or service opportunities for the general public-such as government agencies; nature centers; state, county, or municipal parks; museums; or zoos-may become a host organization. These groups partner with the WIMN program by offering the Volunteer Training Course at their facilities.

Steps for becoming a Host Organization