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 events:
- We will concentrate our learning outdoors, as much as possible.
- While outdoors: Individuals who are not vaccinated should maintain 6 feet physical distancing and they should wear a face covering if physical distancing is not possible.
- While indoors: At least 6 feet of physical distancing should be maintained by all those attending (vaccinated and unvaccinated) who are not members of the same household/living unit. In addition, individuals who are not vaccinated should wear a face covering
- Proof of vaccination is not required for participation.
- All individuals are welcome to continue protected practices, such as face coverings, 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. Attendees who do not follow these requirements will not be able to participate.
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. You can learn more about our policy and guidance at www.go.wisc.edu/extensionevents.
July 17 - August 21, 2021
Warner Park Community Center
1625 Northport Drive
Madison, WI 53704
Friends of Urban Nature (FUN), a coalition of Madison Parks, friends groups, and nature groups, is happy to offer its fifth Summer Wisconsin Master Naturalist training. Held on a series of Saturdays in July and August, this course offers a special focus on learning about nature recreation, nature education, nature restoration, and connecting communities and kids with nature.
Each Saturday session has a mix of indoor and outdoor education featuring morning and afternoon field trips. Naturalists and topic experts will help you discover and interpret the history, geology, human impacts, ecology, birds and wildlife of nearby urban natural areas including Warner Park, Cherokee Marsh, UW Arboretum, and the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.
Wisconsin’s historic prairies, oak openings, lakes, rivers, and streams, and the native birds, wildlife and natural ecosystems they support, and related topic chapters from the Master Naturalist binder will be woven into all of our studies. Participants will also meet representatives of DNR, parks, friends and nature groups to learn about many opportunities for Master Naturalists to engage as volunteers, participate in citizen science, help provide leadership for activities, job opportunities, and community involvement.
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 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. Due to COVID-19, we anticipate the training to be held mostly in outdoor settings. 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.
July 17: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
July 24: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
July 31: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
August 7: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
August 14: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
August 21: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org before registering if you have you have questions about accessibility.
- Complete a capstone project during the training.
Our 2021 scholarships are being awarded to 2020 scholarship recipients whose trainings were canceled due to the pandemic. The number of scholarships available each year is determined by the projected revenue from these trainings. The program had no revenue in 2020 due to the pandemic and we expect reduced revenue in 2021. There will be scholarship funds available once again for the 2022 training season.