Carpenter Nature Center, St. Croix County Parks, The Friends of Willow River & Kinnickinnic State Parks, and The Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center are partnering to offer the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course. The classes will be held on the 3rd Saturday of the month starting on March 17th and ending on October 20th (see dates below).
Northwest Passage in Webster, WI will offer the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course this spring with a focus on nature as a therapeutic tool for youth. The subject areas included in the Master Naturalist training include geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, and human impacts. In addition to these, the course will include lessons and workshops focusing on best practices and methods for working with youth with mental health and behavioral challenges.
Friends of Hartman Creek and Hartman Creek State Park will partner to offer the Master Naturalist Volunteer training course over the span of five Saturdays this spring. Classes will be held at the park’s heated shelter and field trips will occur every Saturday, mostly within the park boundaries.
The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE) is hosting a field based course at Mounds View Grasslands, a 530 acre property owned by TPE located south of Blue Mounds. Site includes remnant prairies, prairie plantings, prairie seed production beds, woodlands, streams and wetlands. Our classroom base will be the rustic Shurch-Thomson barn, a working barn for research and prairie restoration. Topics of the course will include geology, soils, plant communities, watersheds, mammals and prairie pollinators. A wealth of guest experts will join us.
Beaver Creek Reserve, located near beautiful Fall Creek, WI (20 minutes from Eau Claire) is hosting a Master Naturalist Training for the second year in a row. The training promises to be an exciting experience with talks by local experts on invasive plants, animal ecology, forest ecology, geology, wetland diversity, astronomy and many more topics. The training will also include field trips to several locations to learn more about native ecology, soils and our local surroundings.
The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy is hosting a Master Naturalist Course in Middleton beginning June 21, 2018. The course will include some classroom time, but will focus mostly on outdoor experiences in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and field trips to other exceptional sites for learning in our topic areas. Many experts will be sharing their knowledge, research, tips, tricks and inspiration with us as they lead or present parts of the course. The Conservancy includes 500 acres of remnant and seeded prairie, oak savanna, woodlands, springs, wetlands, and stream corridors.
Friends of Urban Nature (FUN), a coalition of Madison Parks, Friends groups, and Nature groups, is happy to offer its 3rd annual Summer Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer Training course. Held on a series of Saturdays in July and August, this course offers a special focus on learning about Nature Recreation, Nature Education, Nature Restoration, Natural Health, and Connecting Communities and Kids with Nature.
Camp Y-Koda Outdoor Skills and Education will host a Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer training course on Thursdays, in August and September. Participants will visit the Ice Age Center with Naturalist Jackie Scharfenberg, and Maywood Environmental Park in Sheboygan with Executive Director and Naturalist David Kuckuk, as well as visiting many other natural areas in and around Sheboygan County with retired wildlife biologist Steve Klock and Dale Katsma and Environmental Educator Sarah De Zwarte.