Volunteer Training, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton; begins June 21, 2018

The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy is hosting a Master Naturalist Course in Middleton beginning June 21, 2018. The course will include some classroom time, but will focus mostly on outdoor experiences in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and field trips to other exceptional sites for learning in our topic areas. Many experts will be sharing their knowledge, research, tips, tricks and inspiration with us as they lead or present parts of the course. The Conservancy includes 500 acres of remnant and seeded prairie, oak savanna, woodlands, springs, wetlands, and stream corridors. The course will look within the Conservancy and other places in the Pheasant Branch Watershed and beyond to explore geologic history, ecology, water and soil resources, and the connections between humans and the landscape. The course will have two complementary focal points: one is learning about the environment through outdoor education and the other is learning through restoration and management activities - a service-learning approach. The target audience includes individuals who are interested in teaching using the outdoors as a classroom as well as folks interested in volunteering for restoration and management of natural areas all while gaining an environmental knowledge base. Plan to carpool to outdoor sites.

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: (exact times to be confirmed)

  • June 21: 4-8 p.m.
  • June 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Fee: $250 includes all class materials and a one-year membership with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.  Bring your own lunch.

Scholarships:  A limited number of scholarships are available from the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program for anyone in need of financial assistance. If you are a Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District teacher, contact Deb Weitzel directly for scholarship requests.

Location: 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton, WI  53562

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 June 11, 2018.
  • Class size is limited to 15 participants.
  • Course cancellation policies:
    • If a registrant cancels his/her registration for this course prior to June 11, 2018, 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 (6/11/18).
    • 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 # 0421

Course Dates: 

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 4:00pm


Colleen Robinson, Janet Kane, Tom Bernthal, Deb Weitzel