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Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Training Dates

June 9 - July 9, 2022

Location

Kromrey Middle School

7009 Donna Drive

Middleton, WI 53562

Directions

Instructors

Colleen Robinson

Tom Bernthal

Janet Kane

Deb Weitzel

Description

Pheasant Branch Conservancy includes 500 acres of remnant and seeded prairie, oak savanna, woodlands, springs, wetlands, and stream corridors. This training will include some classroom time, but will focus mostly on outdoor experiences in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and field trips to other exceptional sites for learning in our topic areas. Experts will share their knowledge, research, tips, tricks and inspiration as they lead or present parts of the training. The training will look within the Conservancy and other places in the Pheasant Branch Watershed and beyond to explore geologic history, ecology, water, animal and plant life, and the connections between humans and landscapes. The training will focus on water in relation to each topic area, while highlighting restoration and management activities and a service-learning approach through citizen science.

The target audience includes individuals who are interested in teaching using the outdoors as a classroom as well as folks interested in volunteering for restoration and management of natural areas all while gaining an environmental knowledge base. Plan to arrange your own transportation to outdoor sites.

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.

Schedule

June 9: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

June 10: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

June 11: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

June 24: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

June 25: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

July 8: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

July 9: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Class Size

20

Participation

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 info@wimasternaturalist.org prior to registering.

Scholarships

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you must fill out the Master Naturalist scholarship form before registering. The Master Naturalist office will follow up with a special code to be used when you register.

Apply for scholarship

COVID Considerations

Keeping the health of everyone in our community in mind, we’re approaching our programming with intentional steps. These steps follow CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and UW–Madison guidance. These requirements are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.


During our upcoming training:

  • We will concentrate our learning outdoors, as much as possible.
  • Individuals who are not vaccinated should wear a face covering when indoors.
  • In counties where there is substantial or high transmission, it is strongly recommended that all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) wear a mask when indoors.
  • Six foot distancing from individuals outside of immediate households is recommended as a way to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for participation.
  • All individuals are welcome to continue protected practices, such as face coverings and distancing, regardless of vaccination status.

Host sites and field locations may have more stringent requirements. Please follow the guidance that they provide at that time. We recommend bringing a face covering with you each day to be prepared for those situations. Participants should stay at home if they feel ill, show signs of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID19.


As we continue to move forward, we expect the guidance from the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and UW–Madison to evolve and therefore these COVID considerations for Master Naturalist Trainings may change.

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Registration fee

$275

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

Registration deadline

May 30, 2022

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