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Capital Springs State Recreation Area


Training Dates

April 7 - April 30, 2022


The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and its partners will host a training April 7–30, Thursdays and Fridays 6–9pm, and Saturdays 9am–4pm. Headquartered at the Capital Springs Recreation Area and meeting at the Lussier Family Heritage Center in Madison, the training covers geology, water, plant communities, wildlife, ecology, climate and weather, natural history, human connections to the landscape, and ways Master Naturalists can use their talents in our community. The training includes some indoor instruction, but most learning is through in-person experiences, field trips, and interactions with guest speakers. You will practice stream monitoring with the Rock River Coalition, learn about glacial history by walking glacial footprints, take a scientist-led tour of Waubesa Wetlands, view migratory birds, learn about nature-based solutions to water challenges at Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District’s plant, and explore the UW-Madison Arboretum with field experts. Capital Springs’ diverse land communities and proximity to Madison make it an ideal outdoor classroom and convenient place to continue volunteering through opportunities offered by the Friends and its partners. Additionally, the course takes advantage of a portion of the park’s designation as the Lake Farms Archaeological District (listed on the National Register of Historic Places).

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.



April 7: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 8: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 9: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

April 14: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 15: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 16: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

April 21: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 22: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 23: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

April 28: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 29: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 30: 9:00 am - 4:00 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.
  • 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 prior to registering.


If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you must fill out the Master Naturalist scholarship form before registering. The Master Naturalist office will follow up with a special code to be used when you register.

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COVID Considerations

Keeping the health of everyone in our community in mind, we’re approaching our programming with intentional steps. These steps follow CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and UW–Madison guidance. These requirements are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

During our upcoming training:

  • We will concentrate our learning outdoors, as much as possible.
  • Individuals who are not vaccinated should wear a face covering when indoors.
  • In counties where there is substantial or high transmission, it is strongly recommended that all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) wear a mask when indoors.
  • Six foot distancing from individuals outside of immediate households is recommended as a way to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for participation.
  • All individuals are welcome to continue protected practices, such as face coverings and distancing, regardless of vaccination status.

Host sites and field locations may have more stringent requirements. Please follow the guidance that they provide at that time. We recommend bringing a face covering with you each day to be prepared for those situations. Participants should stay at home if they feel ill, show signs of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID19.

As we continue to move forward, we expect the guidance from the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and UW–Madison to evolve and therefore these COVID considerations for Master Naturalist Trainings may change.


Registration fee


Registration fee includes all class materials and a one-year membership with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Food and lodging not included unless otherwise stated.

This training is full. You can still be placed on the waiting list.

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Cancellation Policy:

A full refund is provided (less a $25 administrative fee) for any registrations cancelled prior to the registration deadline. No refunds will be made if a registration is cancelled after the registration deadline. If a training is cancelled due to low enrollment, all registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund.


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