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Schlitz Audubon 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 when indoors.
  • In counties where this is substantial or high transmission, it is strongly recommended that all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) wear a mask when indoors.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for participation.
  • 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. 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

August 17 - September 30, 2021

Location

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

1111 E Brown Deer Road

Milwaukee, WI 53217

Directions

Instructors

Michelle Allison

Don Quintenz

Tom Finley

Corinne Palmer

Cassie Rincon

Description

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center will host its fourth Wisconsin Master Naturalist training beginning August 17th. The class will be held almost entirely outside for field experiences at Schlitz Audubon’s 185 acres. We will explore the property’s diverse habitats including wetlands, forests, restored prairies, and the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Participants will meet birds from our Raptor Program and learn from our skilled naturalists about community science, nature education, conservation, and more. On our field trips, we will visit some of the other unique natural areas around the greater Milwaukee area.

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. 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

August 17: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

August 19: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

August 26: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

August 28: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

August 31: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

September 2: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

September 7: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

September 9: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

September 14: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

September 16: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

September 23: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

September 25: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

September 28: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

September 30: 4:00 pm - 6:30 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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