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Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

Training Dates

September 1, 2023

Location

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee Nature Center

W2650 County Road MM

Ashippun, WI 53059

Directions

Instructors

Esther Portnoy

Niki Espy

Jensen Kuehn

Anna Schlecht

Description

A hybrid training is currently in development with an anticipated launch of two pilots this fall. This pilot will be hosted by Neighborhood House of Milwaukee. It is anticipated that there will be asynchronous learning opportunities, interspersed with Zoom presentations and discussions, and several in-person field days. More information, including exact dates, will be updated on this page as it is developed. Registration will open on August 1, 2023.

Join the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee’s Stewardship and Environmental Education team for pilot hybrid training this Fall! Our trainings will take place at our ecologically diverse 90-acre Nature Center, surrounding natural areas in Southeastern Wisconsin, and online. At the Nature Center, participants will have the opportunity to explore our prairie, remnant forest, wetland, Rock River tributary, and geological features of the Niagara Escarpment. Online, we will dive deeper into relevant topics and interpretive techniques. Whether you seek to learn more about volunteering with us, sharpening your educational skills, or contributing to Citizen Science, we’ll have something for everyone. Through our multifaceted program, we will invite our participants to see themselves as a part of Neighborhood House’s mission to “inspire discovery.”

Transportation from the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee’s main building at 2819 Richardson Place, Milwaukee to the Nature Center in Ashippun may be available depending on final attendance numbers.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training covers a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through virtual and in-person experiences, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. In-person trainings days will have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences and are led by trained instructors with content provided by experienced natural resources educators and scientists. There will be an expectation of independent learning with guided online materials. 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.

 

Schedule

Friday, September 1st

* Exact dates and times are yet to be determined. The complete schedule will be finalized before registration opens.

Class Size

20

Participation

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

  • Attend regularly. Complete online content and attend the in-person field day(s).
  • 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.

** The Master Naturalist hybrid trainings are a developing outreach tool. We will be looking for feedback in order to create a more permanent hybrid structure. Learning will include online and in-person experiences. Outdoor learning experiences may include extended periods of standing, hiking on both flat paths and off-trail 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.

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Registration fee

$275

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

Register Here Starting

August 1, 2023 9:00 am

Cancellation Policy:

A full refund is provided (less a $25 administrative fee) for any registrations cancelled prior to the registration deadline. No refunds will be made if a registration is cancelled after the registration deadline. If a training is cancelled due to low enrollment, all registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund.

Questions?

info@wimasternaturalist.org

(608) 262-0020