Volunteer Training

Master Naturalist training is a 40-hour series of sessions and field experiences 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 training to training. 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.

• 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.
• 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.

Looking ahead to 2021: 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 locations and dates to be announced beginning February 1. We hope that additional trainings may be added throughout the year—keep checking this page for the latest offerings.


Master Naturalist instructor points to map of Wisconsin with Lake Michigan in background

July 7 - August 11, 2021

Camp Y-Koda Outdoor Skills Center, ...

Master Naturalists pose during hike with walking sticks in the rain

July 11 - July 16, 2021

Trees for Tomorrow

Master Naturalist group poses during field trip to Leopold Shack

July 17 - August 21, 2021

Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Pa...

Summer prairie plants in bloom at Retzer Nature Center on a sunny day

July 26 - July 31, 2021

Friends of Retzer Nature Center, Wa...

Master Naturalists looking through binoculars during bird hike

August 1 - August 6, 2021

Beaver Creek Reserve

Image of Master Naturalists posed for a group picture during field trip on a sunny day. Farm fields and rolling hills appear in behind them.

August 6 - August 28, 2021

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conserva...

image shows boardwalk winding through wetland habitat at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

August 17 - September 30, 2021

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Image of Master Naturalists hiking up a prairie hill to identify blooming plants

August 28 - October 3, 2021

The Prairie Enthusiasts

image of prescribed burn for habitat maintenance at UW Arboretum, two volunteers are tending to the fire

October 1 - October 24, 2021

UW-Madison Arboretum, UW-Madison La...

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