MSU Extension Michigan Master Naturalist SW Region

April 17, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Zoom Webinar

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 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. 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

April 17- Geology, Weather & Climate; Bringing Nature Home

May 15 - Ornithology & Discovery Center live video Raptor tour

June 19 - Michigan Wetland Habitats & Amphibians

July 27 - Reptiles & Upland Habitats

August 21- Forests and Mammals of Michigan

September 18 - Spatial Ecology, Insects & Coasts

October 9 - Indigenous Peoples and Interpretive Skills

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
Resource materials will be provided. Trainees are required to purchase their own books: 
 Tallamy, Douglas, Bringing Nature Home. Timber Press and 
Kaufman, Kenn, Jeff Sayre, & Kimberly Kaufman, Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest. 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, additional 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 must obtain required books on their own.
Cancellations received within 14 days of the first class will incur a $100 cancellation fee.
Cancellations received on week prior to the start of the first 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 may register to a waiting list for early notification for the next class at

 Waitlist Registration


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