MSU Extension Michigan Master Naturalist Rouge River Region

May 8, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Registration Deadline: April 23, 2021 - 11:45PM


Contact: For additional questions contact Beth Clawson at or 269-330-5554.

This program is open to 16+ youth and adults who have an interest in the great outdoors! 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. Participants can take an active role in implementing what they have learned throughout their neighborhoods and in their own backyards. Throughout the program, local interpretive and volunteer opportunities may become apparent to those seeking to become active in their community.  
Due to COVID-19 health restrictions the core sessions will be taught in a virtual setting through the Desire to Learn classroom platform with related on your own outdoor experiences.  
The outdoor experiences will send you to a wide variety of locations including well known (or somewhat secretive) parks, native preserves and bogs throughout the local training area.
Be aware that some locations may have steep or rough terrain.  

Sessions are slated to run one Saturday a month through three of Michigan's seasons of Spring - Fall

May 8 - Ornithology, Botany and Native Plants 

June 5 - Interpretive Skills, Native Trees, and Insect Biomass for Birds 

July 10 - Michigan Geology, Soils, and Climate 

August 7 - River and Lake Ecology, Ichthyology, Reptiles, Amphibians 

September 11 - Butterflies and their Habitats, Spiders 

October 17 - Hawk Migration and Michigan Wetland Habitats 

Please download the flier below for a table monthly times and dates

(Note: Like nature sometimes we are required to adapt. Be prepared that times, dates and locations are subject to change.)
Automobile or other transportation may be required to reach various learning locations.
A Michigan State Park Recreation Passport is necessary to access State parks. Carpooling can be coordinated if needed.

What to Expect
Trainees will be provided with resource materials.
Participants are responsible for purchasing their own required books:
 Tallamy,D.W., Bringing Nature Home. Timber Press.
Kaufman, Kenn, Jeff Sayre & Kimberly Kaufman, Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Other Suggested Resources
Newcomb,L., Newcomb's Wildflower Guide. Little Brown Publishers.
Peterson,R.T., Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Trainees should wear plan to wear appropriate clothing such as closed toed shoes or hiking boots, hat, long pants, etc. during the suggested self-guided outdoor experiences.  
A camera, hand lens, field guides and binoculars may also prove helpful on lab walks. 
All classes will be held virtually in 2021 due to COVID-19 meeting restrictions.  

Final Exam
At the completion of the core sessions, an open book final exam will be given. 
Participants will need to earn 80% or better to be certified as a Michigan Master Naturalist.

Each Master Naturalist trainee is expected to attend every session.  
(Exceptions will be made if the trainee becomes ill with COVID-19)
If a participant misses multiple sessions, then he or she may not become a certified Michigan Master Naturalist.

$200 per person includes all sessions. Trainees are responsible for purchasing their own required books. 
Cancellations received within 14 days of class will incur a $100 cancellation fee.
Cancellations received on 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. 

If class registration is closed you my register to a waiting list for early notification for the next class at
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