Master Naturalist group poses during field trip to Leopold Shack

Photo Credit © Friends of Urban Nature

Friends of Urban Nature


Training Dates

July 13 - August 17, 2024


Warner Park Community Center

1625 Northport Drive

Madison, WI 53704



Paul Noeldner

Robin Kling

Linda Malkin


Friends of Urban Nature (FUN), a coalition of Madison Parks, friends groups, and nature groups, plans to offer its seventh Wisconsin Master Naturalist training. This training offers a special focus on learning about nature recreation, nature education, nature restoration, and connecting communities and kids with nature.

Each session has a mix of indoor and outdoor education featuring morning and afternoon field experiences. 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–Madison Arboretum and the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.

Information about Wisconsin’s historic prairies, oak openings, lakes, rivers, and streams, and the native birds, wildlife and natural ecosystems they support, will be woven into the training, reinforcing the Master Naturalist training materials. Participants will also meet representatives of parks, friends and nature groups to learn about many opportunities for Master Naturalists to engage as volunteers, and participate and help provide leadership in citizen science, education, stewardship 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 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.


Saturday, July 13th: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 20th: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 27th: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 3rd: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 10th: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 17th: 8:30 am - 5:00 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.

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.


Registration fee


Registration fee includes all training materials and a 2025 membership with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Food and lodging not included unless otherwise stated.

*Reduced fee information below.

Registration is closed.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations after registration are subject to a $25 administrative processing fee. No refunds will be given less than 10 days prior to the start date of the training. If a training is cancelled due to low enrollment, all registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund.


(608) 262-0020