Meet Our Staff
Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program Director
Becky Sapper is the director of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program. Becky has also worked as a regional educator, assistant reserve manager, and freshwater estuary outreach specialist during her time with Extension. Additionally, she has 10 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. Her focal areas have included volunteer management, stakeholder engagement, program facilitation, freshwater estuaries, and invasive species. Becky’s key projects have included coordination of the Lake Superior Landscape Restoration Project, working on the designation of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the development of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program. Becky has a Bachelor of Science in biology and wildlife management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Astrid Newenhouse, PhD
Senior Scientist & Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program Coordinator
Astrid Newenhouse is a senior scientist, program coordinator for the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program and an evaluation specialist for Agriculture and Natural Resources programs. In Extension, Astrid has worked in Wisconsin Master Naturalist program development, 4-H curriculum development, Master Gardener training, and outreach to fresh market farmers. Astrid also holds an appointment in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering as a scientist on rural energy and occupational safety and health, working mainly with the Midwest Rural Energy Council. Astrid has field research experience on topics including crop water use, nutrient management, living mulches to reduce pesticide use, information dissemination for farmers, rural occupational and public health interventions, and ergonomic tools for small scale farmers. Astrid is a regular guest on WI Public Radio and previously worked extensively on The Wisconsin Gardener TV show. Astrid has a Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
University Services Program Associate
Martha Martin provides program support for several UW-Madison Division of Extension Natural Resources Institute programs, including – but not limited to – the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program, the North Central Region Water Network, and the Regional Natural Resources program. She is a UW-Madison alumna, with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Journalism.