Learn and Serve in Nature

Supported through the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Extension, the Master Naturalist program promotes awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the natural environment by developing a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service within their communities.

To become a Master Naturalist, individuals complete 40 hours of expert-led training at locations across the state. Equipped with new knowledge, experiences, and connections, Master Naturalists then go on to serve stewardship, citizen science, and education efforts in Wisconsin and continue their learning through advanced trainings.

Master Naturalists

Master Naturalists come from all walks of life – college students, retirees, teachers, farmers, hunters, nature guides, professionals, young parents – and represent all levels of knowledge about the natural world. They help monitor weather, maintain trails, teach children about pollinators, and so much more.

Do you care about nature and enjoy learning about the state’s natural resources? Join us!

What do Master Naturalists Do?

A whole lot! After their training, Master Naturalists provide and support educational opportunities, gather data as citizen scientists, and help take care of Wisconsin’s land and water. Many Master Naturalists are involved with multiple organizations and activities. We help find opportunities for Master Naturalists looking for new connections with organizations across the state. Get involved!

Make a difference – your help is needed.

Find your pack – make connections with people who share your interests.

Recharge your batteries – refresh your life with new purpose. 

Learn about some of the volunteer opportunities in citizen science, stewardship and education from instructors, hosts and Master Naturalists themselves.

I've gotten to know so many wonderful people through this program. The Master Naturalist volunteers are the most giving people I've ever met. I feel like I've gained a new circle of wonderful friends and acquaintances who I see at volunteer events. The enthusiasm of new volunteers is inspiring.

Pat Trochlell

Master Naturalist Instructor

The Prairie Enthusiasts - Empire-Sauk Chapter