2022 Summit

Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers

Nature and People: Nurturing Each Other

October 6–8, 2022

Waukesha, Wisconsin

October 7 keynote speaker, Emily Ford

Photo Credit © Emily Ford


Registration is closed. We are unable to accept day-of registration or walk-ins.

Gather in-person with Master Naturalists and others interested in natural resources and volunteering in Wisconsin. Learn in small group settings during field tours, hikes, workshops and presentations about Wisconsin’s natural world and the nurturing aspect we give to the natural world and receive from our time in nature.

This event is open to adults 18 and older. Master Naturalist certification is not required.

During the Summit:

Learn — during small group workshops, hikes, and field events.
Serve — with volunteer opportunities for the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Waukesha County Parks.
Connect — with volunteers, citizen scientists, natural resources professionals, educators, and land & water stewards.
Recognize – individuals with an inspiring keynote message and Master Naturalist awards and recognition dinner.
Support — the Master Naturalist program by providing a silent auction item or bidding high!


Photo Credit © Ruth Forsgren

Photo Credit © Janet Barthel

Photo Credit © Deb Potts

Summit Guide

Please read the Summit Guide for event descriptions and times prior to starting the registration process.

Summit Format

October 6–8, 2022

Thursday Afternoon

  • Workshops, hikes, field events
  • Networking Opportunities



  • Workshops, hikes, field events
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Evening Social:


Saturday Morning

  • Workshops, hikes, field events
  • Volunteer Opportunities


All-Terrain Outdoor Wheelchair

We are partnering with Access Ability Wisconsin to have Outdoor Wheelchairs available at the Summit. If you have mobility concerns regarding a Summit event, simply check the box on the registration form. If a chair is available, we will transport it to the event site for you. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors! Learn more at https://www.accessabilitywi.org/


Summit Hosts





Learn more here about our event sponsors and how to support the Summit through sponsorship.


“In some Native languages the term for plants translates to those who take care of us.”
— Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom