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The Prairie Enthusiasts

COVID Considerations

Keeping the heath 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 events:

  • We will institute physical distancing of 6 feet
  • Participants will be reminded of hand-washing
  • We will concentrate our learning outdoors
  • You will be asked to wear a face covering

Additionally, we will be collecting contact information in the event we need to make a participant aware of potential exposure to COVID-19. Attendees who do not follow these requirements will not be able to participate. You can learn more about our policy and guidance at www.go.wisc.edu/extensionevents.

Training Dates

August 28 - October 3, 2021

Location

Schurch-Thomson Prairie

8624 Reilly Road

Barneveld, WI 53507

Directions

Instructors

Pat Trochlell

Diane Hills

Grace Vosen

Description

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 prairie, wetlands, a cold water stream and oak savanna native habitats and also prairie plantings and prairie seed orchards. Our classroom base will be the rustic Schurch-Thomson barn, a working barn used for research, restoration and education. The training will be centered on the native grasslands and savannas of the Driftless Area with topics including geology, soils, watersheds, plant communities, prairie pollinators, birds and mammals. A wealth of guest experts will join us to share their knowledge of fire ecology, groundwater issues, seed collecting and more. In addition to the Mounds View Grassland, we will visit nearby prairies and oak savannas and explore the Lower Wisconsin River floodplain area. Come join us and enjoy the early fall prairies in bloom.

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. Due to COVID-19, we anticipate the training to be held mostly in outdoor settings. 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 28: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

August 29: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

September 11: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

September 12: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

September 18: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

September 19: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

* note earlier start time for this session

October 2: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

October 3: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Class SIze

12

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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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 Open

July 28-August 18, 2021

or until full.
Check this page for an active registration link at that time.

Registration deadline

August 18, 2021

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. Any registrations cancelled due to COVID-19 (by the program OR the individual) will receive a full refund.

Questions?

info@wimasternaturalist.org

(608) 262-0020