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.


• 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. Registration opens in January each year.

UW Madison Extension and our Master Naturalist Program have been keeping a close eye on developments around the novel coronavirus COVID-19. At this point, the Master Naturalist Volunteer Trainings beginning after June 1, 2020 are still moving forward as planned. This is an ever-changing situation; we will continue to monitor it, follow best practice guidelines, and update the website as it relates to these Master Naturalist Volunteer Trainings.

April 23 - May 16, 2020

Friends of Capital Springs Recreati...

May 2 - June 14, 2020

The Prairie Enthusiasts

June 6 - November 21, 2020

St. Croix County, Carpenter Nature ...

June 19 - July 11, 2020

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conserva...

June 22 - June 27, 2020

Trees for Tomorrow

July 8 - August 12, 2020

Camp Y-Koda Outdoor Skills Center, ...

July 11 - August 15, 2020

Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Pa...

July 13 - July 19, 2020

Welty Environmental Center

July 20 - July 25, 2020

Friends of Retzer Nature Center, Wa...

July 27 - August 1, 2020

Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy

August 10 - August 15, 2020

Beaver Creek Reserve

August 23 - October 11, 2020

Welty Environmental Center

August 27 - October 1, 2020

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

September 14 - September 19, 2020

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center...

October 2 - October 11, 2020

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

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