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 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.


  • 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.
  • Open to adults 18 years of age and older.
  • It’s a fun and motivational learning environment!

** 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. If you have questions about the activity level of the training, please contact the program office info@wimasternaturalist.org prior to registering.

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


In-Person Trainings

June 6 - June 11, 2022

Cable Natural History Museum, North...

June 9 - July 9, 2022

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conserva...

July 10 - July 15, 2022

Trees for Tomorrow

Master Naturalist group poses during field trip to Leopold Shack

July 16 - August 20, 2022

Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Pa...

July 18 - July 23, 2022

Friends of Retzer Nature Center, Wa...

July 31 - August 5, 2022

Beaver Creek Reserve

August 1 - August 19, 2022

Bong Naturalist Association

August 13 - August 19, 2022

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary

August 16 - September 29, 2022

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

August 18 - September 7, 2022

North Lakeland Discovery Center

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