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Bong Naturalist Association

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Training Dates

July 10 - July 27, 2023


Richard Bong State Recreation Area

26313 Burlington Rd

Kansasville, WI 53139



Dan Dickinson

Jan Dickinson

Melody Orban

Wendi Schneider

Renee Rathbun


Bong Naturalist Association, a local Friends of Wisconsin organization affiliated with the Richard Bong State Recreation Area (RBSRA) located in Kenosha County, is hosting this training focused on learning about nature education, nature restoration, and connecting natural communities. We will cover geology, water and plant communities, wildlife, ecology, climate and weather, natural history, human connections, and how Master Naturalists can use their new knowledge in our community. The training includes mostly hands-on outdoor experiences and interactions with expert guest speakers, with some indoor instruction.

RBSRA includes over 4,500 acres of remnant and restored prairies, savannas, oak woodlands, old field grasslands and wetlands. It is home to native and migratory birds, wildlife and fish and offers unique recreation opportunities such as dog training, model airplane flying, rocketry, falconry, and hunting. The recreational aspects are managed and co-exist with the rare species and habitats. RBSRA is easily accessible to urban communities; our mission is to serve people of all ages and abilities.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training provides 40 hours of education in a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through expert-led trainings, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Trainings have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences with some classroom instruction and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. Once trained, Wisconsin Master Naturalists record 40 hours of service and 8 hours of advanced training each year to maintain certification and receive a recognition pin.


Monday, July 10th: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, July 11th: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Monday, July 17th: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, July 18th: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Monday, July 24th: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, July 25th: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday, July 27th: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Class Size



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

  • Attend regularly. Only four hours of training may be missed.
  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Travel in personal vehicles as necessary to reach different learning sites throughout the training, unless transportation is provided by the host.
  • Complete a small training project.

** Master Naturalist Trainings are primarily outdoor learning experiences which may include extended periods of standing, hiking on both flat paths and off-trails with inclines, and a variety of weather conditions. If you have questions about the activity level of the training, please contact the program office info@wimasternaturalist.org prior to registering.

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.

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