The Wehr Nature Center building entrance on a sunny day

Photo Credit © Wehr Nature Center

Wehr Nature Center

Cancelled due to Covid-19

Training Dates

March 30 - June 1, 2020


Wehr Nature Center

9701 W College Avenue

Franklin, WI 53132



Howard Aprill

Brooke Gilley


All 2020 Master Naturalist Volunteer Trainings are postponed due to COVID-19. The Master Naturalist Program continues to work with host organizations to develop a 2021 training calendar, along with new training guidelines and resources to promote healthy and engaging learning environments out in nature and in the classroom. Watch for 2021 locations and dates to be announced by December 1, 2020.

Present day southeast Wisconsin has a rich and varied history of land use patterns going back thousands of years. Our current landscape is the culmination of land and resource decisions made (and not made) from the past and they affect us every day. Discover what lessons may be gleaned from observation, investigation, and reflection upon those past land practices, and how they affect the path forward.

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.


Monday, March 30th: 5:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Monday, April 6th: 5:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Monday, April 20th: 5:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Saturday, April 25th: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Monday, April 27th: 5:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Monday, May 4th: 5:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Saturday, May 9th: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Monday, May 11th: 5:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Monday, May 18th: 5:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Monday, June 1st: 5:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Class Size



To be a certified Master Naturalist, you 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.

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.

Cancelled due to Covid-19