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Description

The mission of the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program is to promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of Minnesota’s natural environment by developing a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within their communities.

Our core biome courses are designed to give a general overview of one of Minnesota's three biomes:

  • Big Woods, Big Rivers - Eastern broadleaf forest
  • Prairies and Potholes - Prairie parkland
  • North Woods, Great Lakes - Laurentian mixed forest

Each biome training course includes 40 hours of lectures, hands-on activities, videos and field trips that cover in-depth, specific aspects of Minnesota's natural history. After completion of the core course, you will be a certified Master Naturalist in the biome that you take, and you need only take one biome course to start volunteering.

All books and necessary materials are included in the course fee, and will be provided to you during your first class.

Prairies & Potholes

In this core course, training is tailored to Minnesota's Prairie Parkland Province, made up mostly of tallgrass prairie. This area historically
covered the far western edge of Minnesota, encompassing approximately 16 million acres. Today less than 1% of the prairie remains intact. This highly fertile land is used for agricultural purposes today. The region was covered by glaciers which deposited drift, ranging in depth from 100-600 feet over the entire area.

Prairies & Potholes covers topics of geology, glaciers, water, wildlife, humans, ecology, and botany using a variety of teaching techniques, ranging from lectures, classroom discussions, field trips, field work, small group work and readings.
 

Attendance and Capstone Project

Participants must complete the full 40 hours of training to become a certified Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer.

Each participant must complete a group capstone project. Capstone options will be presented on the first day of class, and participants will choose a capstone that they can work on and complete before finishing the course.

Volunteer Service

Following the completion of the training course, Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers will be expected to complete 40 hours of volunteer service per year to be considered an active Master Naturalist. Any time spent on the capstone project and any volunteer service hours completed after graduating from the training course may be counted towards the 40 hours. There are four basic areas of service:

  • Stewardship. Natural resource management activities such as invasive species removal or restoration projects.
  • Education/Interpretation. Public presentations of natural resource information, educational materials development, or leading hikes.
  • Citizen Science. Data collection and other support for research projects. Examples include Monarch larval monitoring, plant or animal counts, or water quality monitoring.
  • Program Support. Projects include working in a store or office of the Minnesota Master Naturalist or sponsor or serving as a local chapter organizer.

Help

Course content questions: info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org

Registration questions: Extension Registration, ext-reg@umn.edu

User Name or Password help: UMN Help Desk, HELP@umn.edu, 612-301-4357


Visit the Minnesota Master Naturalist website for more information on this and upcoming courses.

The best way to register is to register online and pay with a credit card. If you must pay with a check contact ext-reg@umn.edu and we will provide a mail-in registration form. Thank you.

 

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Section Title
PP ARCC Field Biology Online
Type
Online, instructor led
Dates
Jun 01, 2020 to Jul 13, 2020
Course Fee(s)
Section Details

What to expect

This is part of an online blended (synchronous and asynchronous) class with non-Master Naturalist students who are taking the class for credit at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. There will be one synchronous meeting each week through Zoom, plus other lecture material will be recorded and presented on D2L, an online learning management system. Tests and quizzes, are optional for Master Naturalist students. Students will be expected to make guided field trips on their own to sites in  County and eastern Hennepin County for the lab component of the course. All students are required to participate in a minimum of 10 hours of service-learning. Projects will be chosen in consultation with the instructor and within the theme of the course, but there is a trail camera project in progress that students can contribute to. Visit Anoka Ramsey Community Collage site here for general online course format. For Master Naturalists, a final field trip will be given in person to when it is considered safe.

Master Naturalist students will be issued an Anoka Ramsey Community College account prior to the class opening to allow them access to the online platform called D2L.  Questions regarding the class itself, D2L or access to the class materials should be directed to the instructor Joan McKearnan, joan.mckearnan@anokaramsey.edu

Schedule
9:00 - 10:30 AM online meetings on the following Mondays:
June 1, 2020
June 8, 2020
June 15, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 29, 2020
July 6, 2020
July 13, 2020

Section Contact: Joan McKearnan, 763-433-1232, joan.mckearnan@anokaramsey.edu

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received more than two weeks before the start of class are refunded minus a $20.00 processing fee. Cancellation requests received less than two weeks before the start of class are refunded minus $50.00.

Scholarships are Available

If you plan to apply for a scholarship do not register yet. Instead, download the scholarship here Minnesota Master Naturalist Scholarship Form: Minnesota Master Naturalist Scholarship Form. After the scholarship is fully processed, you will receive a code to enter during registration. 

Help

Course content questions: info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org

Registration questions: Extension Registration, ext-reg@umn.edu

If you experience difficulties logging in: Contact the University of Minnesota IT Help Line at 612-301-4357. Please mention you are using a "guest account."

Section Title
PP Saint John's Outdoor University
Type
--
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 4:30PM
Dates
Aug 03, 2020 to Aug 07, 2020
Campus
Off-Campus
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
42.5
Location
  • Off-Campus
Course Fee(s)
PP Saint John's non-credit $295.00
Section Details

Location

Saint John's Outdoor University
2945 Abbey Plaza, Collegville, MN 56321

Location website

Section Contact: John Geissler, 320-363-3126, Jgeissler001@csbsju.edu

What to expect

Join experienced instructors Kyle Rauch and John Geissler and amazing guest presenters in a beautifully biodiverse 2944 acre classroom. Saint John's features a natural arboretum with a 150 year history of stewardship at the unique convergence of prairie and deciduous forest. This program allows participants to study natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship with all the advantages of being connected to a University. Summer is a great time of year to see prairie wildflowers, insects, birds, and more. Final certification comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service. Individuals interested may not register for single programs; the training is intended for those committed to attending all meetings listed.   

All participants will work towards completing a capstone project over the course of the week. The 40-hour course will run August 3-7, 2020. Daily schedules will vary to take advantage of weather, guest presenters, field trips and natural occurrences. Plan for an evening session on Thursday to allow for a shorter day on Friday, August 7.

More details about this course can be found on the Minnesota Master Naturalist course page.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received more than two weeks before the start of class are refunded minus a $20.00 processing fee. Cancellation requests received less than two weeks before the start of class are refunded minus $50.00.

Scholarships

The course cost includes course manuals and supplies. If the course cost is a hardship do not register yet. Instead, please fill out the scholarship application. Download the scholarship here: Minnesota Master Naturalist Scholarship Form. After the scholarship is fully processed, you will receive a code to enter during registration. 

Help

Course content questions: info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org

Registration questions: Extension Registration, ext-reg@umn.edu

If you experience difficulties logging in: Contact the University of Minnesota IT Help Line at 612-301-4357. Please mention you are using a "guest account."

Section Title
PP Ney Nature Center
Type
--
Days
T
Time
5:30PM to 8:30PM
Dates
Aug 04, 2020 to Oct 13, 2020
Campus
Off-Campus
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
33.0
Location
  • Off-Campus
Course Fee(s)
PP Ney Nature Center non-credit $295.00
Section Details

Location

Ney Nature Center
28238 Nature Center Lane
Henderson, MN 56071

Location website

Section Contact: Alex Colling, 852-846-7929, Alex@neycenter.org

What to expect

Ney Nature Center is located on the cusp of the Northern Great Plains, so studying the prairie biome is a short drive away. Through this course you will be immersed in the wonders of the tall grass prairie and all of its inhabitants. The lower Minnesota River also has a storied past with glaciers and their effect on the landscape. Late summer is the perfect time to examine the relationships of the flora and fauna of this ecosystem.

Much of this class will occur on the property of the Ney Nature Center, with field trips to various sites in the area. This class will take place on Tuesday nights, starting in August and ending in October. Two field trips take place Saturdays, August 15 and September 12.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received more than two weeks before the start of class are refunded minus a $20.00 processing fee. Cancellation requests received less than two weeks before the start of class are refunded minus $50.00.

Scholarships

The course cost includes course manuals and supplies. If the course cost is a hardship do not register yet. Instead, please fill out the scholarship application. Download the scholarship here: Minnesota Master Naturalist Scholarship Form. After the scholarship is fully processed, you will receive a code to enter during registration. 

Help

Course content questions: info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org

Registration questions: Extension Registration, ext-reg@umn.edu

If you experience difficulties logging in: Contact the University of Minnesota IT Help Line at 612-301-4357. Please mention you are using a "guest account."

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