Volunteer Training, Friends of Urban Nature, northeast Madison; begins July 13, 2019

Friends of Urban Nature (FUN), a coalition of Madison Parks, Friends groups, and Nature groups, is happy to offer its fourth 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.


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.


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 Class instruction manual, 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.


People of all skill levels and backgrounds are invited to attend!  This course is conducted 'in the round' encouraging participation and sharing of ideas and experiences.  It can be taken for personal enrichment or career enhancement and you are welcome to attend even if you cannot complete all 6 Saturdays.  The course includes an individual Capstone project for each student, and UW students can talk to their instructor about the opportunity to take this course as an independent study for credit.  Those who complete all 6 Saturdays (or equivalent make-up activities approved by instructors) and 40 hours of follow-up volunteer activity become Certified Wisconsin Master Naturalists. 


The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program is a network of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within Wisconsin communities.  The Master Naturalist 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 maintain their certification and receive a recognition pin.

Schedule: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17

Fee: $275 includes all class materials and a one-year membership with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.  Bring your own lunch.


Scholarships:  If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you must fill out the Master Naturalist scholarship form before registering.  The Master Naturalist office will follow up with a special code to be used when you register.

 Location: Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive, Madison, WI  53704

Questions?: info@wimasternaturalist.org

PLEASE NOTE - Course participants that want to be certified Master Naturalist Volunteers will be required to:

  • Attend at least 90% of classroom time and all field study.
  • Participate in field trips, even in inclement weather.
    • Some travel in personal vehicles may be necessary to reach field trip locations.
    • Some field trips may involve some moderate activity on uneven terrain. Please consult with the program office (info@wimasternaturalist.org) before registering if you have concerns.
  • Complete a capstone project during the course.


  • Registration deadline is July 3, 2019
  • Class size is limited to 20 participants.
  • Course cancellation policies:
    • If a registrant cancels his/her registration for this course prior to July 3, 2019, s/he will receive a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. No refund will be made if a registrant cancels after the course deadline (07/03/19).
    • The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program reserves the right to cancel a course if fewer than 10 people register by the registration deadline. If the program cancels the course, all registrants will receive a full refund.

    Register HERE or call (608)262-2451 and ask to register for course #0478

Course Dates: 

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Aug 17 2019.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm


Paul Noeldner, Bev Cann, Julie Melton