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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 training project related to education/interpretation, stewardship, or citizen-science. The training project is a fun, low-stakes opportunity to try out volunteer activities in a supportive environment. Examples of training 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.

Master Naturalist trainings are open to all adults over 18 years of age with a $275 registration fee. Need-based scholarships are available through this application process prior to registering. Trainings are primarily outdoor learning experiences in a variety of conditions and locations, please contact if you have questions about the activity level.

Typically, 10-15 Master Naturalist trainings are held across the state annually, and their locations, dates, and schedules vary based on the host organization. Registration begins on the second Monday every January.

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

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