monarch butterfly on purple plant

Photo Credit © Carpenter Nature Center

St. Croix Valley

Training Dates

March 30 - August 17, 2024

Location

Carpenter Nature Center - Wisconsin Campus

279 South Cove Road

Hudson, WI 54016

Directions

Instructors

Aleisha Miller

Jennifer Vieth

Ashley Goldbeck

Description

St. Croix County, Carpenter Nature Center, and The Friends of Willow River & Kinnickinnic State Parks are partnering to offer the Wisconsin Master Naturalist training. We will meet one Saturday a month, March-August, at various locations throughout the St. Croix Valley. The training will include some classroom time but will focus mostly on local and regional field experiences to exceptional sites for learning in our topic areas (geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, and human impacts). Many regional experts will be sharing their knowledge, research, tips, and inspiration with us as they lead or present parts of the training.

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

Saturday, March 30th: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

* Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, MN

Saturday, April 27th: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

* Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hudson, WI

Saturday, May 18th: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

* St. Croix Wetland Management District, Star Prairie, WI

Saturday, June 22nd: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

* Willow River State Park, Hudson, WI

Saturday, July 20th: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

* Kinnickinnic State Park, River Falls, WI

Saturday, August 17th: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

* Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, MN

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.

Registration deadline

March 20, 2024

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