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Training Dates

April 19 - November 15, 2023


Kohler Center for Marsh Education

W7039 County Road S R

Elkhart Lake, WI 53020



Sarah Dezwarte

Dale Katsma

Steve Klock

Jackie Scharfenberg


This training will be held at the brand-new Kohler Center for Marsh Education at the Sheboygan County Marsh. The Sheboygan County Marsh is the 2nd largest intact wetland in the state of Wisconsin and is home to plentiful flora and fauna. There will be a heavy focus on the phenology of wetland ecosystems. This experience will include a canoe tour of the Sheboygan Marsh and an optional climb up the tallest wooden tower in the state of Wisconsin. There are numerous Master Naturalist volunteer opportunities with the addition of the new education center. Come and learn how you can be involved monitoring wildlife in this area, assisting in school programs, and leading your own creative programs for the community.

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 education in a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through expert-led trainings, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Trainings have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences with some classroom instruction and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. 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.


Wednesday, April 19th: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, April 26th: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, May 10th: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

* Field Experience

Wednesday, June 14th: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

* Field Experience

Wednesday, June 21st: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, July 19th: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

* Field Experience

Wednesday, August 16th: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, September 13th: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

* Field Experience

Wednesday, October 25th: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 15th: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Class Size



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.
  • 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 Trainings are primarily outdoor learning experiences which may include extended periods of standing, hiking on both flat paths and off-trails with inclines, and a variety of weather conditions. Accommodation requests can be made during the registration process; please allow 30 days, when possible. If you have questions about the activity level of the training, please contact the program office info@wimasternaturalist.org 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.

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