Michigan Master Naturalist

May 11, 2019 - October 19, 2019 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Contact: Beth Clawson

           This program is open to anyone who has an interest in the great out of doors! Participants in the “Michigan Master Naturalist” program will gain a greater understanding of the natural environment and conservation techniques while learning the flora native to Michigan. Throughout the program, local volunteer opportunities may become apparent. Participants can take an active role in implementing what they have learned throughout their neighborhoods and in their own backyards.

The six sessions will be taught in both indoor and outdoor settings.  
The outdoor sessions will be lead on foot in a wide variety of locations including well known (or somewhat secretive) parks, native preserves and bogs throughout the local training area. Some locations may have steep or rough terrain.  
These sessions will run from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each Saturday date.

Topics/Dates for 2019:

» May 11- Michigan Ecosystem

» June 15 -Wetland Habitats/Frogs

» July 20 - Trees and Shrubs

» August 24 - Dune Ecology

» September 28 - Insects/Butterflies

» October 19 - Turtles & Snakes

SW Michigan coastal locations to be announced

 Automobile transportation is necessary and carpooling can be coordinated if needed.

What to Expect

Students will be provided with a notebook, materials, a copy of Douglas Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home and related monthly ID books. 
Students should wear appropriate clothing such as closed toed shoes or hiking boots, hat, long pants, etc.  
A camera, hand lens, field guides and binoculars may also prove helpful on lab walks. 
All classes will be held rain or shine.  

 Final Exam

           At the completion of the six sessions, a take home final exam will be given.  Participants will need to earn a 75% or better to be certified as a Michigan Master Naturalist.


           Each Master Naturalist is expected to attend every one of the six sessions.  
If a participant misses more than one session, then he or she cannot become a certified Michigan Master Naturalist.


$240 per person includes six sessions, materials and handouts.
Cancellations received after April 29 will incur a $100 cancellation fee. Cancellations received on week prior to the start of class will not be refunded.


This program is the same as the Kent County MSU program now expanding to become available across the state. 
Look for more opportunities in a region near you in 2020!


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