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Ecological Restoration Master Naturalist Training


COVID Considerations

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 when indoors.
  • In counties where this is substantial or high transmission, it is strongly recommended that all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) wear a mask when indoors.
  • Six foot distancing from individuals outside of immediate households is recommended as a way to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for participation.
  • All individuals are welcome to continue protected practices, such as face coverings and distancing, even if it is not required or advised. Individual masking choices should not be interpreted as an indicator 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.

Training Dates

October 1 - October 24, 2021


UW-Madison Arboretum

1207 Seminole Highway

Madison, WI 53711



Marian Farrior

Bryn Scriver

Amy Jo Dusick

Beth Stetenfeld


University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum and UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve will offer a Master Naturalist training in October. 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 for volunteer 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, participate in hands-on learning, and visit various types of restoration sites in the surrounding area. University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum is the birthplace of ecological restoration and includes 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 Lake Mendota shoreline on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The United Nations has declared 2021-2030 to be the Decade on Ecological Restoration; this Master Naturalist training is a way to participate in the global movement to restore our world.

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.


October 1: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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

October 3: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

October 22: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

October 23: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

October 24: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Class SIze


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 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.


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 opens at 9 a.m. on:

September 1-21, 2021

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

Registration deadline

September 21, 2021

The registration deadline for this training has passed.

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