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Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

CLASS IS FULL

Training Dates

August 20 - October 1, 2024

Location

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

1111 E Brown Deer Road

Milwaukee, WI 53217

Directions

Instructors

Tom Finley

Michelle Allison

Aubrey Fulsaas

Cassie Rincon

Description

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center will be hosting its sixth 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. Our Saturday field experiences will occur at Garrison’s Glen (near Grafton) and Cedarburg Bog State Natural Area (Saukville). Participants are responsible for their own transportation or coordinating ride shares to field locations.

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 20th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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

Tuesday, August 27th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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

Saturday, August 31st: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

* Field Experience

Tuesday, September 3rd: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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

Tuesday, September 10th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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

Tuesday, September 17th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Saturday, September 21st: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

* Field Experience

Tuesday, September 24th: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Thursday, September 26th: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, October 1st: 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 training materials and a 2025 membership with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Food and lodging not included unless otherwise stated.

*Reduced fee information below.

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

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Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations after registration are subject to a $25 administrative processing fee. No refunds will be given less than 10 days prior to the start date of the training. 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

CLASS IS FULL