A dirt path leading into a forest with the leaves starting to change for fall

Kickapoo Valley Reserve


Training Dates

August 14 - September 25, 2024


Kickapoo Valley Reserve

S3661 State Highway 131

La Farge, WI 54639



Maggie Schultz

Joan Peterson

Barb Sarnowski


The Kickapoo Valley Reserve (KVR) in the Driftless Area of Southwest Wisconsin provides a unique outdoor classroom to those seeking to become a Wisconsin Master Naturalist. Over 7 weeks in August and September, participants will explore and learn in the 8600 acres of KVR with its’ unique geology, river, prairies, and woodlands. Experts will serve as guest instructors to inspire lifelong learning and volunteer service in outdoor education, stewardship and restoration, and citizen science programs. Participants will hike a variety of trails (some on uneven ground, might be steep at times), canoe/kayak the Kickapoo River, explore wetland habitat and dynamics, and learn about the natural and cultural resources that make the Kickapoo Valley Reserve a special place in Wisconsin.

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.


Wednesday, August 14th: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Wednesday, August 21st: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Wednesday, August 28th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, September 4th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, September 11th: 9:00 am - 1:15 pm

Wednesday, September 18th: 9:00 am - 1:15 pm

Wednesday, September 25th: 9:00 am - 3:45 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.


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.

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

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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