Master Naturalist

New Program Starts February 27, 2012


Master Naturalists are a special group of certified naturalist volunteers involved in a variety of projects and activities in Metropolitan Milwaukee. You may choose the Teaching Track or the Citizen Science/Community Service Track. 


Teaching Track
As a Teaching Naturalist, you might educate the public about energy conservation, nature, and/or environmental issues. You may teach at the Wehr Nature Center or at an outreach site, such as a school, library, festival, or County Park.


Citizen Science/Community Service Track
As a Citizen Science/Community Service Naturalist, you might be involved in collecting data on a project such as "Worm Watch" or Wisconsin's Ephemeral Pond Monitoring Project. You might also help with land management activities such as invasive plant species control or prescribed burns of the prairie. 


Master Naturalist Class Times
Classes in the Master Naturalist Program will usually be offered the 2nd and 4th Monday, February through October. Class times will vary.


Required General Training Classes
Basic Botany Plant/Tree ID Water Quality
Ecology Ecosystems Survey of the Animal Kingdom
Invertebrates Bird Conservation Nature Interpretation
Geology/Soil Wisconsin Vertebrates Invasive Species
Teaching Track - Select at Least 2 Classes
Astronomy for Teachers Children: Stages & Techniques Teacher Training Days Special Topics
Puppet Shows    
Citizen Science/Community Service - Select at Least 2 Classes
Ephemeral Pond Monitoring Prescribed Burn Training Community Service Work Days
Citizen Science Opportunities    


To Complete your Master Naturalist Certification
In addition to completing the General Training Classes and those in the track you've chosen, for a total of 14 classes…

  • Keep a journal
  • Pass an open-book written test
  • Volunteer 30 hours in a year through the Wehr Nature Center
    (Volunteer while you're taking classes or after you've completed coursework)

After meeting these requirements, we will issue the Master Naturalist certificate.


2012 Master Naturalist Program Fee 
Non-Milwaukee County Resident $120
Milwaukee County Resident $110
Friend of Wehr $100
Classes are available to only those who register for the Master Naturalist Program 

Registration Deadline: February 20, 2012
To register, call (414) 425-8550


Questions? Contact Us
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave., Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 425-8550