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The Prairie Enthusiasts

Training Dates

May 2 - June 14, 2020

Location

Schurch-Thomson Prairie

8624 Reilly Road

Barneveld, WI 53507

Directions

Instructors

Pat Trochlell

Rob Baller

Diane Hills

Roger Reynolds

Grace Vosen

Description

Registration opens January 6, 2020!

The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE) is hosting a field based course at Mounds View Grassland, a 570-acre property owned by TPE located south of Blue Mounds. The site includes remnant prairies, prairie plantings, prairie seed production beds, woodlands, streams and wetlands. Our classroom base will be the rustic Schurch-Thomson barn, a working barn for research and prairie restoration. Topics of the course will include geology, soils, groundwater, plant communities, watersheds, birds, mammals, prairie pollinators and indigenous perspectives. A wealth of guest experts will join us. In addition to exploring our site at Mounds View, we will visit nearby spectacular oak savanna, short-grass prairie and Lower Wisconsin River floodplain areas. Come join us and enjoy the gorgeous spring flowers and birds of the prairie. We will see violets and false indigo blooming and hear Upland Sandpipers and Grasshopper Sparrows singing.

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.

Schedule

May 2, 2020: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

May 3, 2020: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

May 16, 2020: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

May 17, 2020: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

May 30, 2020: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

May 31, 2020: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

June 13, 2020: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

June 14, 2020: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Class SIze

15

Attendance Requirements

Course participants that want to be certified Master Naturalist Volunteers 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 info@wimasternaturalist.org before registering if you have you have questions about accessibility.
  • Complete a capstone project during the course.

Scholarships

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you must fill out the Master Naturalist scholarship form before registering. The Master Naturalist office will follow up with a special code to be used when you register.

Apply for scholarship

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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 will open January 6, 2020.

Registration deadline

April 22, 2020

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