Become a Michigan Master Naturalist and help protect Michigan’s wildlife heritage.

Due to COVID-19 in-person meeting restrictions, the Michigan Master Naturalist training has moved to a virtual platform with guided, on-your-own outdoor experiences. This means that to fully participate in the learning experience it is suggested that participants have access to the internet through stable 4G wireless or Wi-Fi services. We look forward to in-person trainings when the threat to our public health caused by the current pandemic greatly diminishes. The participation requirement for missed classes is waved for those who contract COVID-19 during class time. 

Michigan-Master-Naturalist-logoThe MSU Extension Michigan Master Naturalist Program is available to all persons 16+ who are 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 Michigan.

Our Focus

The Michigan Master Naturalist program strives to help people develop an appreciation of the natural world through direct experience with local habitats. Learn techniques for applying science observation skills and harness critical thinking skills to analyze and solve environmental problems. Learn techniques for gathering citizen science data in the field. Students will also learn about Michigan’s unique habitats and the plants and animals that thrive there. They will explore environmental stresses and the system we use to address them.

The Michigan Master Naturalist program offers an exam-based certification based on core natural resource conservation topics.

Michigan Master Naturalist Course

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.

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