Cancelled: Volunteer Training, Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells

9/20/18:  We regret to announce that this course has been cancelled.  Watch for new dates to be announced in mid-January 2019.  Join our mailing list for those announcements; email 

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center offers a unique location steeped in 75 years of education and training in the field of ecological conservation.  Located on the Wisconsin River in the Upper Dells, participants will put training into practice at our 300 acre facility, including  200 acre Blackhawk island, situated in the Wisconsin River.   Explore the abundant ecology, ancient geologic features, and the beautiful Wisconsin River Corridor at Upham Woods while engaging in quality training that supports your growth as well as the growth of environmental education and citizen science data collection in Wisconsin. Much of this course will be spent outdoors, please be prepared for November weather and temperatures.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program is a network of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within Wisconsin communities.  The Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course provides 40 hours of coursework in natural history, interpretation, and conservation stewardship.  Courses combine classroom instruction with field experiences and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists.  Once trained, Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteers provide 40 hours of service and take 8 hours of advanced training each year to maintain their certification and receive a recognition pin.


Schedule: Monday - Friday, November 5-9, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fee: $250 includes all class materials and a one-year membership with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.  Bring your own lunch.

Location: Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, N194 County Road N, Wisconsin Dells, WI  53965

Lodging:  Dorm lodging is available for $92/night for up to quad occupancy in twin beds.  It may be possible, but not required, to share a room with other course attendees in order to reduce the cost. Inquire directly with Upham Woods (; Phone: (608) 254-6461)


PLEASE NOTE - Course participants that want to be certified Master Naturalist Volunteers will be required to:

  • Attend at least 90% of classroom time and all field study.
  • Participate in field trips, even in inclement weather.
    • Some travel in personal vehicles may be necessary to reach field trip locations.
    • Some field trips may involve some moderate activity on uneven terrain. Please consult with the program office ( before registering if you have concerns.
  • Complete a capstone project during the course.




Course Dates: 

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:00pm


Marc Nutter, Max Myers, Justin Hougham