Keeping the health 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 training:
- We will concentrate our learning outdoors, as much as possible.
- Individuals who are not vaccinated should wear a face covering.
- Proof of vaccination is not required for participation.
- All individuals are welcome to continue protected practices, such as face coverings and distancing, regardless of vaccination status.
Host sites and field locations may have more stringent requirements. Please follow the guidance that they provide at that time. We recommend bringing a face covering with you each day to be prepared for those situations. Participants should stay at home if they feel ill, show signs of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID19.
As we continue to move forward, we expect the guidance from the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and UW–Madison to evolve and therefore these COVID considerations for Master Naturalist Trainings may change.
August 28 - October 3, 2021
8624 Reilly Road
Barneveld, WI 53507
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 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before registering if you have you have questions about accessibility.
- Complete a capstone project during the training.
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.