A group of 15 Master Naturalist training particpants and instructors pose in a group photo. The season is early summer and many trees are in full leaf. A large creek meanders through the landscape behind the group.

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy

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Training Dates

June 9 - July 8, 2023


Kromrey Middle School

7009 Donna Drive

Middleton, WI 53562



Colleen Robinson

Tom Bernthal

Janet Kane

Deb Weitzel


This training focuses on the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and its watershed. We approach the full curriculum through a lens of water and explore the eutrophication of Madison lakes and remediation efforts centered on prairies. We will use the Conservancy property to look at groundwater, surface water, and restoration management, education and outreach efforts, programming opportunities, plant, animal, and insect populations, policies, and multiple use challenges, benefits, and partnerships. Field trips to Black Earth Creek (BEC) and Devil’s Lake offer an experience and study of the distinct topography, soils, and geologic features associated with glaciated and non-glaciated areas. We discuss several invasive species, their unique ability to survive, and strategies and tips to slow the spread, including decontaminating equipment. Climate change impacts and remediation, shifts in our understanding and relationship with nature, and learning about diverse ways that people experience natural spaces will also be addressed. Overall, this training has both indoor and outdoor time, some sitting, standing, and walking, and several opportunities for hands-on exploration of themes and presentation of concepts.

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.


Friday, June 9th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, June 10th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, June 16th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, June 17th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, July 7th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 8th: 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.
  • 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.

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