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Master Naturalist Volunteer Training at Hartman Creek State Park


Fall 2014 - Sept 13, 20; Oct. 4, 18; Nov. 1, 8 - 9:00am to 5:00pm



Registration open now through Sept 5th, 2014

Register online at wimasternaturalist.org




About the Training

Master Naturalist Volunteer training is made up of 40 hours of classroom and field trip work, completion of a capstone project with a small group (typically about 3 hours) and then completing 40 hours of volunteer work.
NOTE: The information below relates specifically to the training at Hartman Creek State Park - each session offered around the state is different because of class times, locations and seasons.

The Course

Class days are typically 9:00 to 4:00 with lectures and study in the morning, followed by field trips and/or guest speakers in the afternoon. Field trips vary depending on the weather and the season. Previous field trips have included hiking the Ice Age Trail and Barrens, Allen Lake, and the Oak Wilt cut and deer exclusion fence at Hartman Creek State Park.

Course Topics

  • Geology
  • Landscapes
  • Ecology
  • Plant Communities
  • Wildlife
  • Interpretation
  • Water
  • Aquatic Life
  • Human Impacts

Capstone Project

The capstone project allows class participants to use what they’ve learned to work together in small groups to complete a project and present it to the class. Class participants can choose their topic based on their interests and past experiences in one of three categories - Citizen Science, Interpretation or Conservation Stewardship. Some examples of projects done by past class participants include Bird Surveys and Predation on deer carcass for Citizen Science and Butterfly sign, Early Childhood Exploration Activity and a Hellestad House Brochure for Interpretation projects.

Volunteer Hours

To complete Master Naturalist certification, each participant must complete 40 hours of volunteer hours outside of class time. This can be one large or several small volunteering opportunities. Some examples of volunteer hours by past Master Naturalists at Hartman Creek State Park include Butterfly Garden enhancement, Host at the Hellestad House, Invasive Species work, Bluebird Monitoring and helping the naturalist with interpretation.

Ongoing Training

To maintain certification, a Master Naturalist Volunteer must complete 40 hours of volunteer work and 8 hours of advanced training. Advanced training opportunities can be found on the Wisconsin Master Naturalist website.


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