Friends of Urban Nature (FUN), a coalition of Madison Parks, Friends groups, and Nature groups, is happy to offer its 3rd annual Summer Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer Training course. Held on a series of Saturdays in July and August, this course offers a special focus on learning about Nature Recreation, Nature Education, Nature Restoration, Natural Health, and Connecting Communities and Kids with Nature.
Camp Y-Koda Outdoor Skills and Education will host a Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer training course on Thursdays, in August and September. Participants will visit the Ice Age Center with Naturalist Jackie Scharfenberg, and Maywood Environmental Park in Sheboygan with Executive Director and Naturalist David Kuckuk, as well as visiting many other natural areas in and around Sheboygan County with retired wildlife biologist Steve Klock and Dale Katsma and Environmental Educator Sarah De Zwarte.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum will offer their second Master Naturalist Volunteer training course in August and September 2018. The course will run on six Thursday evenings with three Saturday field experiences. The course will be primarily at the UW-Madison Arboretum, plus some nearby field trips. There will be an emphasis on ecosystems and water during the volunteer training course. UW-Madison Arboretum has a network of experienced instructors and volunteers who invite you join them to learn more about Wisconsin's natural resources and volunteer opportunities.
Friends of Hartman Creek and Hartman Creek State Park will partner to offer the Master Naturalist Volunteer training course in one week. Classes will be held at the park’s shelter and field trips will occur every day, mostly within the park boundaries.
The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program (WIMN) is a network of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within Wisconsin communities. The WIMN Volunteer Training Course provides 40 hours of coursework in natural history, interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Courses combine classroom instruction with field experiences and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists. Once trained, Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteers provide 40 hours of service and take 8 hours of advanced training each year to receive their WIMN pin.
The Ho-Chunk Nation will be hosting the Master Naturalist Volunteer Training course in Black River Falls. This course will have an emphasis on the Western Wisconsin region including Black River Watershed, Black River State Forest, Mississippi River Watershed and local cranberry bogs. These areas are Ho-Chunk ancestral homelands and the course will be taught through the Ho-Chunk worldviews with guest Andrew Thundercloud, Ho-Chunk elder and language teacher, providing content on Ho-Chunk culture and language.
Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center offers a unique location steeped in 75 years of education and training in the field of ecological conservation. Located on the Wisconsin River in the Upper Dells, participants will put training into practice at our 300 acre facility, including 200 acre Blackhawk island, situated in the Wisconsin River.
Carpenter Nature Center, St. Croix County Parks, The Friends of Willow River & Kinnickinnic State Parks, and The Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center are partnering to offer the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course. The classes will be held on the 3rd Saturday of the month starting on March 17th and ending on October 20th (see dates below).