Minnesota Master Naturalists Volunteer Training

Do you enjoy learning about the natural world?  If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!

Master Naturalist Volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners- studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. 

Courses offered by the Arboretum cover the natural and cultural history of the ‘Big Woods, Big Rivers’ region or the ‘Prairies and Potholes’ region.  We provide an in-depth overview of the ecosystems of the region. Participants observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of the area.  Participants develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills.  In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on a team project.

Planning is under way to offer the Prairies and Potholes course in the fall of 2021, depending on conditions being safe to do so.

To learn more about the program, including current tuition rate visit Minnesota Master Naturalist.

Minnesota Master Naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Minnesota Master Naturalist is supported, in part, by grant ESI-0540358 from the National Science Foundation.