Master Naturalists looking through binoculars during bird hike

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Beaver Creek Reserve

Cancelled due to Covid-19

Training Dates

August 10 - August 15, 2020

Location

Beaver Creek Reserve

S1 County Rd K

Fall Creek, WI 54742

Directions

Instructors

Megan Giefer

Kristen Giefer

Karen Wise

Description

All 2020 Master Naturalist Volunteer Trainings are postponed due to COVID-19. The Master Naturalist Program continues to work with host organizations to develop a 2021 training calendar, along with new training guidelines and resources to promote healthy and engaging learning environments out in nature and in the classroom. Watch for 2021 locations and dates to be announced by December 1, 2020.

Beaver Creek Reserve, located just outside of Eau Claire in Fall Creek, WI, is partnering with Wisconsin Master Naturalist to offer another great Volunteer Training course. Beaver Creek Reserve has over 400 acres of land, which allows individuals to explore diverse ecosystems that are home to many native plant and animal species. Our expert staff and guest speakers will share their knowledge of environmental topics both inside and outside the classroom. Topics include geologic history, aquatics, vegetation and wildlife, astronomy, as well as human impact on the environment. Our course focuses on the natural landscape and all that it encompasses in the Chippewa Valley! This volunteer training will help you gain valuable knowledge and skills to grow as a leader within your community. Join Beaver Creek Reserve in supporting our mission by connecting people of all ages with nature!

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning.  The Master Naturalist Volunteer Training provides 40 hours of coursework in natural history, interpretation, and conservation stewardship.  Trainings combine classroom instruction with field experiences and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists.  Once trained, Wisconsin Master Naturalists provide 40 hours of service and take 8 hours of advanced training each year to maintain their certification and receive a recognition pin.

Schedule

Monday, August 10th: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, August 11th: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm

* This will be a long day and will include a bat monitoring program. There will be breaks throughout the day.

Wednesday, August 12th: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Thursday, August 13th: 8:30 am - 9:30 pm

* This will be a long day and will include an evening astronomy program. There will be breaks throughout the day.

Friday, August 14th: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 15th: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Class Size

18

Participation

To be a certified Master Naturalist, you will be required to:

  • Attend regularly. Only four hours of training may be missed.
  • Participate in field trips, even in inclement weather.
  • Travel in personal vehicles as necessary to reach field trip locations.
  • Experience moderate activity on uneven terrain. Please consult with the program office info@wimasternaturalist.org before registering if you have you have questions about accessibility.
  • Complete a capstone project during the course.

Financial Hardship

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program believes that finances should not be a barrier to learning. Reduced registration fees are available for those who indicate the fee is a hardship. Reduced fees will be available during the registration process at a self-selected rate of either $200, $150, or $100. Our hope is that by participating in the Master Naturalist program you are able to give back your time to organizations that need your help. And if your financial situation changes in the future that you’ll consider a donation back to our program.

Cancelled due to Covid-19