August 23 - October 11, 2020
Welty Environmental Center
1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, WI 53511
Registration for this training will open January 6.
The Welty Environmental Center is pleased to host the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program in the 190 acres of Big Hill Park. There will be some inside coursework; however, we will spend much of our time exploring the 3 main ecosystems in Big Hill Park: oak savanna, deciduous forest, and freshwater river. We will study each of these three biomes, how they interact, the geology that informs them, and the rich history of the park that includes Native American meeting grounds, WPA projects, and Wisconsin’s first ski jump. Field tips will may include visits to the Logan Museum, Beckman Mill, Sweet Alynn Park, and the Janesville Outdoor Lab. During this training, you will have the opportunity to learn skills that you may use to assist with field trips and other programming. Potential capstone projects include: construction and maintenance of raised vegetable gardens, improvement and maintenance of blue bird houses, collaboration with Rock County Conservationists on restoring much of the 90 acres of former farmland surrounding the Center to an Oak Savanna, interpretation signage and activities, and curriculum design.
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.
August 23: 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
August 30: 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
September 13: 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
September 20: 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
September 27: 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
October 4: 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
October 11: 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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 email@example.com 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.