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Retzer Nature Center

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Training Dates

July 18 - July 23, 2022

Location

Retzer Nature Center

S14W28167 Madison Street

Waukesha, WI 53188

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Instructors

Janet Barthel

Chris Kavalauskas

Julia Robson

Cathy Ward

Marge Wappler

Description

Waukesha County Parks and Friends of Retzer Nature Center are hosting a week-long Master Naturalist Volunteer Training at Retzer Nature Center, a 480 acre County Park located in the heart of Waukesha County. Join us from July 18-23, 2022, 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 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

Monday, July 18: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, July 19: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, July 20: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday, July 21: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, July 22: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 23: 9:00 am - 1:30 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.

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COVID Considerations

In response to updated CDC guidance and changing local health conditions we have updated our program guidance. During our upcoming training, we will concentrate our learning outdoors, as much as possible. The use of masks in program settings will be an individual choice. In counties with high community levels of COVID-19, it is strongly recommended that all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) wear a mask when indoors. Please check the levels prior to each training date. All individuals are welcome to continue protected practices, such as face coverings and distancing, even if it is not required or advised. Individual masking choices should not be interpreted as an indicator 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. Please continue to take measures to protect the vulnerable people in our communities. We ask all staff, volunteers, and participants to stay home when they have signs of infectious illness. Proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette are also important measures to keep individuals and our communities healthy. Everyone who is able should stay up to date on their vaccinations. As we have since the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to monitor state and local health data. We will notify you if these guidelines change in the future.

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