Michigan Naturalist Course

person holding turtle showing other people in a Michigan pond

The MSU Extension Michigan Master Naturalist Program is available to all persons interested in understanding and conserving the native ecology of the state beginning in their own backyards. Local programs are coordinated by local partner groups throughout the state. The course is delivered in monthly sessions over a period of six months.

Format: 30 students per host site per year (except the Statewide Digital Overflow option)

Price: $200


Host location and year

Michigan Master Naturalist will feature new topics and training sites in the future. As details for each host site is finalized more information will be available. 


  • North Country- Huron Pines, Gaylord; and Pigeon River Discovery Center, Vanderbilt
  • Southeast Michigan - Washtenaw 
  • West Central Michigan - Pierce Cedar Creek, Kellogg Biological Station, & the Ebersol Center
  • Statewide Digital Overflow (SDO)- Virtual.


  • EIC - Environmental Interpretive Center U of M Dearborn
  • Huron Clinton Region - Huron-Clinton Metro Parks, Macomb
  • Southwest Michigan - Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven
  • Western UP - TBD