One Master Naturalist taking measurements of a tree and two Master Naturalists entering data on worksheets.

Photo Credit © Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Kickapoo Valley Reserve and Valley Stewardship Network

Cancelled due to Covid-19

Training Dates

March 2 - May 11, 2020


Kickapoo Valley Reserve

S3661 WI-131

La Farge, WI 54639



Paul Hayes

Jonel Kiesau

Dave Krier

Shelly Gradwell Brenneman

Joan Peterson


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.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve (KVR) and Valley Stewardship Network are partnering to offer the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course. The course will include both classroom time and field experiences in the 8,600 acres of the KVR. The unique features of the Driftless Area will be highlighted in the following topics: geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, and human impacts. Regional experts will be sharing their knowledge, research, tips, and inspiration with us throughout the course.

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.


Monday, March 2nd: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, March 9th: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, March 16th: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, March 23rd: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, March 30th: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, April 6th: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 11th: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, April 13th: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, April 20th: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, April 27th: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, May 4th: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 9th

* exact meeting time to be determined

Monday, May 11th: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Class Size



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

  • Attend regularly. Only four hours of training may be missed.
  • 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 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