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May092022

Bong Naturalist Association

Bong Naturalist Association, a local Friends of Wisconsin organization affiliated with the Richard Bong State Recreation Area (RBSRA) located in Kenosha County, is excited to offer the Master Naturalist Volunteer training. This training is focused on learning about nature education, nature restoration, and connecting natural communities and will cover topics of geology, water and plant communities, wildlife, ecology, climate and weather, natural history, human connections, and how Master Naturalists can use their knowledge and talents in our community. The training includes some indoor instruction, but most learning is through hands-on outdoor experiences, and interactions with expert guest speakers.

RBSRA is a rich environment of over 4,500 acres consisting of remnant and restored prairies, savannas, oak woodlands, old field grasslands and wetlands. It is home to native and migratory birds, wildlife, fish and so much more. Due to its history, some unique recreation opportunities are also available such as dog training, model airplane flying, rocketry, falconry, and a managed hunt area. The recreational aspects are managed and co-exist with the rare species and habitats. Located in SE Wisconsin, RBSRA is easily accessible to urban communities; our mission is to serve people of all ages, abilities and sensitivities.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. 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.

Jan042022

Door County

The Clearing Folk School, the Door County Land Trust and Crossroads at Big Creek are partnering to offer the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training. The training will be held weekly on Fridays starting on April 1 and ending on May 13, 2022. Experts from a variety of disciplines will be sharing their knowledge, research, tips, tricks, and inspiration with us throughout the training. There will be some classroom time, but we will focus mostly on local and regional field experiences that will highlight exceptional sites in the Door County peninsula. These Door County locations will help illustrate the topics covered in the Master Naturalist training guide, including geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, water, aquatic life, weather & climate, natural history, and human connections.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training provides 40 hours of education in a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through expert-led trainings, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Trainings have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences with some classroom instruction and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. 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.

Dec142021
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Wehr Nature Center

Present day southeast Wisconsin has a rich and varied history of land use patterns going back thousands of years. That landscape is the culmination of decisions made (and not made) that affect our land, water, flora, and fauna. Join Wehr Nature Center as we explore how we arrived at the present and discuss and reflect possible futures.

Participants will explore a 400-million-year-old fossilized reef; walk ice age bluffs; hold a 30,000-year-old tree fragment; go behind the scenes in wildlife rehabilitation; discover how a Milwaukee neighborhood organized and turned a cold-war missile base into a nature preserve; and see how climate change is connected to it all.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training provides 40 hours of education in a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through expert-led trainings, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Trainings have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences with some classroom instruction and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. 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.

Dec102021
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Retzer Nature Center

Waukesha County Parks and Friends of Retzer Nature Center are hosting a week-long Master Naturalist Volunteer Training at Retzer Nature Center, a 480 acre County Park located in the heart of Waukesha County. Join us from July 18-23, 2022, for an exploration of the prairies, forests, waters, wildlife, and geology of Southeast Wisconsin. The training will include limited classroom time at Retzer Nature Center and local field experiences incorporated into each day.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training provides 40 hours of education in a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through expert-led trainings, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Trainings have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences with some classroom instruction and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. 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.

Dec102021
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St. Croix Valley

St. Croix County, Carpenter Nature Center, and The Friends of Willow River & Kinnickinnic State Parks are partnering to offer the Wisconsin Master Naturalist training. We will meet one Saturday a month March-August throughout the St. Croix Valley. The training will include some classroom time, but will focus mostly on local and regional field experiences to exceptional sites for learning in our topic areas (geology, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, interpretation, water, and human impacts). Many regional experts will be sharing their knowledge, research, tips, and inspiration with us as they lead or present parts of the training.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training provides 40 hours of education in a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through expert-led trainings, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Trainings have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences with some classroom instruction and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. 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.

Dec102021
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Capital Springs State Recreation Area

The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and its partners will host a training April 7–30, Thursdays and Fridays 6–9pm, and Saturdays 9am–4pm. Headquartered at the Capital Springs Recreation Area and meeting at the Lussier Family Heritage Center in Madison, the training covers geology, water, plant communities, wildlife, ecology, climate and weather, natural history, human connections to the landscape, and ways Master Naturalists can use their talents in our community. The training includes some indoor instruction, but most learning is through in-person experiences, field trips, and interactions with guest speakers. You will practice stream monitoring with the Rock River Coalition, learn about glacial history by walking glacial footprints, take a scientist-led tour of Waubesa Wetlands, view migratory birds, learn about nature-based solutions to water challenges at Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District’s plant, and explore the UW-Madison Arboretum with field experts. Capital Springs’ diverse land communities and proximity to Madison make it an ideal outdoor classroom and convenient place to continue volunteering through opportunities offered by the Friends and its partners. Additionally, the course takes advantage of a portion of the park’s designation as the Lake Farms Archaeological District (listed on the National Register of Historic Places).

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training provides 40 hours of education in a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through expert-led trainings, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Trainings have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences with some classroom instruction and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. 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.

 

Dec102021
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Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary is situated on nearly 600 acres of mixed forest with four lakes. We have a large, relatively new lecture hall as well as a library for indoor classes while outdoor teaching areas abound. We have some of the most beautiful and unique habitats found in Wisconsin: fens/bogs, old growth forests, meadow, restored native prairie and seven miles of hiking trails. Our knowledgeable and dynamic teachers will have you completing your certification with the sentiment that this was one of the best weeks you’ve ever had. Hunt Hill is a residential camp with kitchen facilities. We will offer meal and lodging options at an additional cost payable to Hunt Hill for those who may be interested, contact the Hunt Hill Program Coordinator at program@hunthill.org or call (715)635-6543 for more information.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training provides 40 hours of education in a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through expert-led trainings, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Trainings have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences with some classroom instruction and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. 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.

Dec092021
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Bayfield County

Join us in Bayfield County! The Cable Natural History Museum and Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center are partnering once again to offer a week-long (Monday – Saturday) Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer training. This schedule allows local and out-of-town participants the opportunity to take the Master Naturalist training during a condensed time frame. This is an active training with field experiences incorporated into each day, including on- and off-trail hiking and experiences on the water. We will take you across Bayfield County, exploring glacial features, waterfalls, barrens, and estuaries. You’ll get an up-close look at northern Wisconsin while banding birds, investigating landforms, identifying plants, and exploring the Lake Superior fisheries. You will be responsible for your own transportation or carpooling to a variety of sites within 45 minutes of Ashland.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training provides 40 hours of education in a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through expert-led trainings, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Trainings have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences with some classroom instruction and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. 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.

 

Dec082021
Master Naturalist group poses during field trip to Leopold Shack

Friends of Urban Nature

Friends of Urban Nature (FUN), a coalition of Madison Parks, friends groups, and nature groups, is happy to offer its sixth Summer Wisconsin Master Naturalist training. Held on a series of Saturdays in July and August, this training offers a special focus on learning about nature recreation, nature education, nature restoration, and connecting communities and kids with nature.

FIELD TRIPS

Each Saturday session has a mix of indoor and outdoor education featuring morning and afternoon field trips. Naturalists and topic experts will help you discover and interpret the history, geology, human impacts, ecology, birds and wildlife of nearby urban natural areas including Warner Park, Cherokee Marsh, UW Arboretum, and the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.

TOPICS

Wisconsin’s historic prairies, oak openings, lakes, rivers, and streams, and the native birds, wildlife and natural ecosystems they support, and related topic chapters from the Master Naturalist training materials will be woven into all of our studies. Participants will also meet representatives of DNR, parks, friends and nature groups to learn about many opportunities for Master Naturalists to engage as volunteers, participate in citizen science, help provide leadership for activities, job opportunities, and community involvement.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training provides 40 hours of education in a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through expert-led trainings, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Trainings have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences with some classroom instruction and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. 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.

Dec082021
Master Naturalists looking through binoculars during bird hike

Beaver Creek Reserve

Beaver Creek Reserve, located just outside of Eau Claire in Fall Creek, WI, is partnering with Wisconsin Master Naturalist to offer another great Volunteer Training. This training begins Sunday, July 31st and continues daily for the following six days. Beaver Creek Reserve has over 400 acres of land, which allows individuals to explore diverse ecosystems that are home to many native plant and animal species. Our expert staff and guest speakers will share their knowledge of environmental topics both inside and outside the classroom. Topics include geologic history, aquatics, vegetation and wildlife, astronomy, as well as human impact on the environment. Our training focuses on the natural landscape and all that it encompasses in the Chippewa Valley! This training will help you gain valuable knowledge and skills to grow as a leader within your community. Join Beaver Creek Reserve in supporting our mission by connecting people of all ages with nature!

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Master Naturalist training provides 40 hours of education in a variety of natural history topics and Master Naturalist service areas. Through expert-led trainings, Master Naturalists are equipped to address challenges facing the state by making positive impacts through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Trainings have an emphasis on outdoor field experiences with some classroom instruction and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. 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.