Master Naturalists using a turbidity tube to assess Lake Superior water quality

Photo Credit © Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

Lake Superior Watershed

Cancelled due to Covid-19

Training Dates

September 14 - September 19, 2020


Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

29270 County Road G

Ashland, WI 54806



Becky Sapper

Emily Stone


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.

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and Cable Natural History Museum are partnering once again to offer a 6-day (one week) Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer training. This schedule allows local and out-of-town participants the opportunity to take the Master Naturalist training during a condensed time frame. This is an active training with field experiences incorporated into each day including on- and off-trail hiking and experiences on the water. Most programming will occur throughout Bayfield County with self-arranged travel to sites within 45 minutes of Ashland.

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, September 14th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, September 15th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, September 16th: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday, September 17th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, September 18th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 19th: 9:00 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.
  • 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