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Ecological Restoration Master Naturalist Training

UW Madison Extension and our Master Naturalist Program have been keeping a close eye on developments around the novel coronavirus COVID-19. At this point, the Master Naturalist Volunteer Trainings beginning after June 1, 2020 are still moving forward as planned. This is an ever-changing situation; we will continue to monitor it, follow best practice guidelines, and update the website as it relates to these Master Naturalist Volunteer Trainings.

Training Dates

October 2 - October 11, 2020


UW-Madison Arboretum

1207 Seminole Highway

Madison, WI 53711



Marian Farrior

Bryn Scriver

Amy Jo Dusick

Beth Stetenfeld


Registration opens January 6, 2020!

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum and UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve will offer a Master Naturalist Volunteer training course October 2-4 and 9-11. This course is for volunteers who want to learn more about the art and science of ecological restoration, whether for your own learning or to prepare to volunteer doing environmental stewardship at a restoration site. In addition to the Master Naturalist curriculum, we will emphasize native Wisconsin plant identification, ecosystems of southern Wisconsin, and the practice of ecological restoration. We will learn from experienced restoration managers and naturalists, do hands-on learning, and visit various restoration sites in the surrounding area. University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum is the birthplace of ecological restoration and 1200 acres of various ecosystems in an urban oasis. Lakeshore Nature Preserve is a 300-acre natural area for teaching and research situated on 4.3 miles of shoreline on Lake Mendota on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

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.


October 2: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

October 3: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

October 4: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

October 9: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

October 10: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

October 11: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Class SIze


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 before registering if you have you have questions about accessibility.
  • Complete a capstone project during the course.


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


Registration fee


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

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


(608) 262-0020