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Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Training Dates

August 15 - September 26, 2023

Location

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

1111 E Brown Deer Road

Milwaukee, WI 53217

Directions

Instructors

Michelle Allison

Tom Finley

Kevin Hanley

Description

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center will be hosting its fifth Wisconsin Master Naturalist training. The training 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 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

Tuesday, August 15th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Thursday, August 17th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Tuesday, August 22nd: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Thursday, August 24th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Saturday, August 26th: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

* Field Experience

Tuesday, August 29th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Thursday, August 31st: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Tuesday, September 5th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Thursday, September 7th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Tuesday, September 12th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Thursday, September 14th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Tuesday, September 19th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Saturday, September 23rd: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

* Field Experience

Tuesday, September 26th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 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, unless transportation is provided by the host.
  • 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.

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.

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Registration fee

$275

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 deadline

August 5, 2023

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.

Questions?

info@wimasternaturalist.org

(608) 262-0020