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Ecological Restoration Master Naturalist Training

Training Dates

September 1, 2023


UW-Madison Arboretum

1207 Seminole Highway

Madison, WI 53711



Marian Farrior

Bryn Scriver

Amy Jo Dusick

Beth Stetenfeld


A hybrid training is currently in development with an anticipated launch of two pilots this fall. This pilot will be hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Arboretum and Lakeshore Nature Preserve. It is anticipated that there will be asynchronous learning opportunities, interspersed with Zoom discussions, and one in-person field day. More information, including exact dates, will be updated on this page as it is developed. Registration will open on August 1, 2023.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training covers a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through virtual and in-person experiences, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. In-person trainings days will have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences and are led by trained instructors with content provided by experienced natural resources educators and scientists. There will be an expectation of independent learning with guided online materials. Once trained, Wisconsin Master Naturalists record 40 hours of service and 8 hours of advanced training each year to maintain certification and receive a recognition pin.


Friday, September 1st

* Exact dates and times are yet to be determined. The complete schedule will be finalized before registration opens.

Class Size



To be a certified Master Naturalist, you will be required to:

  • Attend regularly. Complete online content and attend the in-person field day(s).
  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Travel in personal vehicles as necessary to reach different learning sites throughout the training, unless transportation is provided by the host.
  • Complete a small training project.

** Master Naturalist hybrid trainings are a developing outreach tool. We will be looking for feedback in order to create a more permanent hybrid structure. Learning will include online and in-person experiences. Access to a computer will be needed. Outdoor learning experiences may include extended periods of standing, hiking on both flat paths and off-trail with inclines, and a variety of weather conditions. If you have questions about the activity level of the training, please contact the program office prior to registering.

Financial Hardship

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program believes that finances should not be a barrier to learning. Reduced registration fees are available for those who indicate the fee is a hardship. Reduced fees will be available during the registration process at a self-selected rate of either $200, $150, or $100. Our hope is that by participating in the Master Naturalist program you are able to give back your time to organizations that need your help. And if your financial situation changes in the future that you’ll consider a donation back to our program.


Registration fee


Registration fee includes all training materials and a one-year membership with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Food and lodging not included unless otherwise stated.

Registration deadline

August 31, 2023

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.


(608) 262-0020