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Schlitz Audubon Nature Center


UW Madison Extension and our Master Naturalist Program have been keeping a close eye on developments around the novel coronavirus COVID-19. At this point, the Master Naturalist Volunteer Trainings beginning after June 1, 2020 are still moving forward as planned. This is an ever-changing situation; we will continue to monitor it, follow best practice guidelines, and update the website as it relates to these Master Naturalist Volunteer Trainings.

Training Dates

August 27 - October 1, 2020


Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

1111 E Brown Deer Road

Milwaukee, WI 53217



Schlitz Audubon Nature Center


Michelle Allison

Don Quintenz

Tom Finley

Corinne Palmer

Cassie Rincon


Registration opens January 6, 2020!

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center will host its fourth Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course beginning August 27th.There will be classroom time, but we will get outside as much as possible to explore Schlitz Audubon’s 185 acres of diverse habitats including wetlands, forests, restored prairies, and the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Participants will meet birds from our Raptor Program and learn how to handle our reptile and amphibian animal ambassadors to educate the public. A variety of experts will present about community science, nature education, conservation, and more. Our field trips will explore the ecology of the Cedarburg Bog and the geology of the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist Volunteer 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. 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.


August 27: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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

September 1: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

September 3: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

September 8: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

September 10: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

September 15: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

September 17: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

September 24: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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

September 29: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

October 1: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Class SIze


Attendance Requirements

Course participants that want to be certified Master Naturalist Volunteers will be required to:

  • Attend regularly. Only four hours of training may be missed.
  • 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 before registering if you have you have questions about accessibility.
  • Complete a capstone project during the course.


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


Registration fee


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 will open January 6, 2020.

Registration deadline

August 17, 2020

This training is full. You can still be placed on the waiting list.

Add to waitlist

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. Any registrations cancelled due to COVID-19 (by the program OR the individual) will receive a full refund.


(608) 262-0020