Are you fascinated with nature? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and skills with others? Become a Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer.
The Wisconsin Master Naturalist (WIMN) program is modeled after the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program and the 25 other Master Naturalist programs in other states across the country. It is a statewide effort to promote awareness, understanding and stewardship of the state’s natural resources and is partnering with the North Lakeland Discovery Center to develop a corps of informed volunteers in the northern part of the state.
A volunteer training course will be held at the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters, beginning Monday, Oct. 21.
The $250 course involves 40 hours of training in natural history, interpretation and conservation stewardship. The classes will meet each Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon for four weeks plus two full-day field trip days Oct. 25 and Nov. 16.
The training provides classroom
and hands-on experiences in a variety of natural resources topics, from glaciers to ecology, and water to wildlife. In addition to the professional staff from the Discovery Center, local and regional experts will provide a wealth of information that you will in turn be able to share through volunteer service in your community.
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.
For more information about the WIMN program, visit www.wimasternaturalist.org; and go to www.wimasternaturalist.org/event/volcoursecalendar to register for this course.
Registration for the Discovery Center’s course closes Oct. 11; and a minimum number of participants must be met in order to host the class. If you are unable to register online, call Martha Martin, WIMN State Office, at 608-262-0020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.