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

The Michigan Master Naturalist training will be hosting in-person trainings once again beginning 2022.  MSU Extension and local health department COVID protection rules for wearing masks and reporting will be observed in all locations.  Pre-class learning materials will require access to the internet with the ability to receive regular communication via emails,  to watch educational videos, and take the certification exam. 

In person outdoor experiences means that participants will once again need to be prepared for any weather conditions at their trainings.  Walking, hiking and uneven terrain are to be expected where accommodations will be made according to individual need.  

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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