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Interested in becoming a Master Naturalist? Learn more about our training.

Master Naturalist training is a 40-hour series of sessions and field trips that presents a consistent, statewide perspective on Wisconsin’s natural resources, ecological processes, and conservation issues. Trainings are offered across the state through partners and host organizations, and although each takes on the unique flavor of the region, the following key topics remain consistent across trainings:

Master Natuarlist students and instructor, identifying macroinvertebrates for citizen-based monitoring project

Photo Credit © Thom Gerst

To synthesize and implement their knowledge, participants will work in small groups to complete a small capstone project related to education/interpretation, stewardship, or citizen-science. The capstone is a fun, low-stakes opportunity to try out volunteer activities in a supportive environment. Examples of capstone projects include: developing and delivering a public presentation at a state park, collecting native seeds for an organization’s restoration efforts, or participating in a frog and toad survey.


  • The participant fee is $275 and includes all materials.
  • Need-based scholarships are available! Applications must be submitted and approved prior to registering.
  • Attendance is essential. Only four hours of training may be missed.
  • Minimum participation age is 18.

Typically, 10-15 Master Naturalist trainings are held across the state annually, and their locations, dates, and schedules vary based on the host organization. Trainings are announced in January each year.

Find a Master Naturalist training that matches your interest, availability and location.

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