Volunteer Training

Master Naturalist training is a 40-hour series of classes and field trips that presents a consistent, statewide perspective on Wisconsin’s natural resources, ecological processes, and conservation issues. They are offered across the state through trained partner organizations. Although each training varies based on the location, field experiences and guest experts, key concepts remain consistent from course to course. Learn more about what’s covered in each of our Master Naturalist trainings.

To synthesize and implement their knowledge, participants will work in small groups to complete a small capstone project related to education/interpretation, stewardship, or citizen-science. The capstone is a fun, low-stakes opportunity to try out volunteer activities in a supportive environment.

Details:

  • The participant fee is $275 and includes all materials.
  • Need-based scholarships are available.
  • Attendance is essential. Only four hours of training may be missed.
  • Minimum participation age is 18.
  • It’s a fun and motivational learning environment!

Typically, 10-15 Master Naturalist trainings are held across the state annually, and their locations, dates, and schedules vary based on the host organization. Registration opens in January each year.

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.