WI MASTER NATURALIST TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

natWaupaca, Hartman Creek State Park – Are you fascinated with nature? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and skills with others? The Wisconsin Master Naturalist (WIMN) program, a statewide effort to promote awareness, understanding and stewardship of the state’s natural resources, is developing a corps of informed volunteers throughout the state. You can become a WI Master Naturalist Volunteer!
The WI Master Naturalist Program is a statewide effort to promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the state’s natural resources. Its goal is to develop a corps of informed volunteers dedicated to education and service within their Wisconsin communities. Course participants receive 40 hours of training in natural history, interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Classes combine classroom instruction with field experiences. Once trained, a WI Master Naturalist provides volunteer service in one of three areas: education/interpretation, stewardship, or citizen science. To maintain certification, a volunteer must complete 40 hours of service each year and 8 hours of advanced training.
Part of your class time, in addition to the classroom and field trip sessions, will be spent completing a capstone project. The project provides an opportunity to practice some of the skills needed for volunteer work. The projects are completed in small groups and involve up to 3 hours of out of class time.
A volunteer training course will be held at the Waupaca Parks and Rec/Senior Center lower level conference room, 407 School St, Waupaca, WI 54981 with field trips at Hartman Creek State Park, beginning Feb. 22 (the course will meet Six Saturdays from 9:00 to 5:00 on Feb. 22, March 8, 22,29, and April 12,19) . The $250 course involves 40 hours of training in natural history, interpretation and conservation stewardship. Once trained, a Wisconsin Master Naturalist provides volunteer service in one of three areas: education/interpretation, stewardship, or citizen science. To maintain certification, volunteers must complete 40 hours of service each year, in addition to eight hours of advanced training.
Class sessions cover:pic

  • Geology/landscapes
  • Ecology
  • Plant Communities
  • Wildlife
  • Interpretation
  • Water
  • Aquatic life
  • Human impacts
For more information about the WIMN program, please visit www.wimasternaturalist.org. Go to www.wimasternaturalist.org/event/volcoursecalendar to register for this course.
Registration for the Waupaca course closes Feb. 17. If you are unable to register online, please contact Martha Martin, WIMN State Office, (608)262-0020, mlmartin3@wisc.edu
Instructors for this course: Mrs. Sue Eiler (715-258-8086; aseiler@charter.net) and Dr. Mary Trainor (pastormaryt@gmail.com). Contact the website and them for more details.
STATEWIDE CONTACT: Kate Reilly, Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program Director, University of Wisconsin Environmental Resources Center, (608)265-5496, klreilly@wisc.edu
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