Michigan Master Naturalist - North Country

May 30, 2020 - October 17, 2020

Pigeon River Country Discovery Center

Contact: Julie Crick , 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 indoor sessions
will take place at the Pigeon River Country Discovery Center, near Vanderbilt, MI (20 miles NE from Gaylord).  
The outdoor sessions will take place in various locations around the Pigeon River Country State Forest.   
These sessions will run from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. each Saturday date with the exception of August 29th.

Topics/Dates for 2020:
May 30 - Geology, Weather and Climate

June 27 - Michigan Wetland Habitats, Frogs and Toads

July 18 - River and Lake Ecology and Habitats

August 29 (runs until 2:30 pm) - Turtles, Snakes and Upland Habitats

September 26 - Beneficial Insects, Butterflies and Dragonflies and their Habitats

October 17 - Ecology of Trees and Shrubs

(Note: locations subject to change)

 Automobile transportation and a Michigan State Park Recreation Passport is necessary. 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 the
Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest. 
Students should wear appropriate clothing such as closed toed shoes or hiking boots, hat, long pants, etc.
Bug spray, sunscreen and a portable water bottle are also recommended. 
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.


$250 per person includes six sessions, books, handouts and access to the course online for review.

Cancellations received after May 15 will incur a $100 cancellation fee.

Cancellations received one week prior to the start of class will not be refunded.


Note: Registration will close when the class is full.   

Maximum class size is 30 participants. 

When the class closes you will be invited to register to a waiting list for the 2022 class. 


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