Master Naturalist Training

Master Naturalist training is a series of sessions and field experiences that presents a consistent, statewide perspective on Wisconsin’s natural history, ecological processes, and conservation issues.

Typically, 10-15 Master Naturalist trainings are held across the state annually, and their locations, dates, and schedules vary based on the host organization. Each training is unique based on the location, field experiences and guest experts, but the key concepts remain consistent from training to training. Learn more about what’s covered in each of our Master Naturalist trainings and in-person or hybrid options.

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


  • The participant fee is $275 and includes all materials.
  • Financial assistance is available.
  • Attendance is essential.
  • Open to adults 18 years of age and older.

** Master Naturalist Trainings emphasize 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. If you have questions about the activity level of the training, please contact the program office prior to registering.



In-Person Trainings

April 3 - June 12, 2023

Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee Count...

April 14 - May 26, 2023

The Clearing Folk School, Door Coun...

a woman stands along a river holding a musel in each hand

April 19 - November 15, 2023

YMCA Camp Y-Koda Outdoor Skills and...

May 10 - November 8, 2023

Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Natur...

May 20 - June 25, 2023

The Prairie Enthusiasts

June 9 - July 8, 2023

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conserva...

June 12 - June 17, 2023

Cable Natural History Museum, North...

July 9 - July 14, 2023

Trees for Tomorrow

July 10 - July 27, 2023

Bong Naturalist Association

July 15 - August 19, 2023

Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Pa...

Image of a raccoon climbing down tree

July 17 - July 22, 2023

Welty Environmental Center

July 17 - July 22, 2023

Friends of Retzer Nature Center, Wa...

July 30 - August 4, 2023

Beaver Creek Reserve

A group of people are paddling in kayaks and canoes on a river. The background shows the sandstone formations topped with conifers and other plant life.

July 31 - September 18, 2023

Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center

August 12 - August 18, 2023

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary

August 15 - September 26, 2023

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

August 17 - September 6, 2023

North Lakeland Discovery Center

Hybrid Trainings

a group of people stand in tall grass on a fall day.

September 1, 2023

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

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

September 1, 2023

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

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