Master Naturalists Volunteer Training

Karen Oberhauser with students

Minnesota Master Naturalists Volunteer Training: Big Woods/Big Rivers Course to be offered at the Carleton Arboretum
September 18-October 26, 2017

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 and participants observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of the region.  Through the course, participants will 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.

This years offering is the Big Woods, Big Rivers course, and will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00.  Field trips are planned for September 30 and October 14, 8:30 - 4:30 each day.

To learn more about the program, including current tuition rate visit

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.