image shows boardwalk winding through wetland habitat at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

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Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Cancelled due to Covid-19

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


All 2020 Master Naturalist Volunteer Trainings are postponed due to COVID-19. The Master Naturalist Program continues to work with host organizations to develop a 2021 training calendar, along with new training guidelines and resources to promote healthy and engaging learning environments out in nature and in the classroom. Watch for 2021 locations and dates to be announced by December 1, 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.


Thursday, August 27th: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 29th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, September 1st: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, September 3rd: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 8th: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, September 10th: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 15th: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, September 17th: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, September 24th: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 26th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, September 29th: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 1st: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Class Size



To be a certified Master Naturalist, you will be required to:

  • Attend regularly. Only four hours of training may be missed.
  • 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.

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.

Cancelled due to Covid-19