Summer prairie plants in bloom at Retzer Nature Center on a sunny day

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Retzer Nature Center

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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.
  • 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.

Training Dates

July 26 - July 31, 2021

Location

Retzer Nature Center

S14W28167 Madison Street

Waukesha, WI 53188

Directions

Instructors

Janet Barthel

Jen Groves

Chris Kavalauskas

Kesha Patel

Julia Robson

Cathy Ward

Description

Waukesha County Parks and Friends of Retzer Nature Center are hosting a week-long Master Naturalist training at Retzer Nature Center, a 400-acre county park located in Waukesha. Join us from July 26-31, 2021 for an exploration of the prairies, forests, waters, wildlife, and geology of southeast Wisconsin. The training will include limited classroom time at Retzer Nature Center and local field experiences incorporated into each day.

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 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. Due to COVID-19, we anticipate the training to be held mostly in outdoor settings. 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.

Schedule

July 26: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

July 27: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

July 28: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

July 29: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

July 30: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

July 31: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Class SIze

20

Attendance Requirements

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.
  • 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 info@wimasternaturalist.org before registering if you have you have questions about accessibility.
  • Complete a capstone project during the training.

Scholarships

Our 2021 scholarships are being awarded to 2020 scholarship recipients whose trainings were canceled due to the pandemic. The number of scholarships available each year is determined by the projected revenue from these trainings. The program had no revenue in 2020 due to the pandemic and we expect reduced revenue in 2021. There will be scholarship funds available once again for the 2022 training season.

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