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           This program is open to anyone who has an interest in the great out of doors! Participants in the “Michigan Master Naturalist” program will gain a greater understanding of the natural environment and conservation techniques while learning the flora native to Michigan. Throughout the program, local volunteer opportunities may become apparent. Participants can take an active role in implementing what they have learned throughout their neighborhoods and in their own backyards.


The six sessions will be taught in both indoor and outdoor settings.  
The outdoor sessions will be lead on foot in a wide variety of locations including well known (or somewhat secretive) parks, native preserves and bogs throughout the local training area. Some locations may have steep or rough terrain.  
These sessions will run from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each Saturday date.

Topics/Dates for 2019:
May 11th- Michigan Ecosystems, invasive species, climate change, and ephemeral plants

June 15th- Wetlands Habitats, native plants, invasive species, and Frogs

July 20th- Turtles and Snakes and their habitats

August 24th- Dune Ecology

September 28- Insects and Butterflies and their habitats

October 19th- Trees and Shrub ecosystems

(Note: locations subject to change )

 Automobile transportation and a Michigan State Park Recreation Pasport is necessary. Carpooling can be coordinated if needed.

What to Expect

Students will be provided with a notebook, materials, a copy of Douglas Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home and the Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest. 
Students should wear appropriate clothing such as closed toed shoes or hiking boots, hat, long pants, etc.  
A camera, hand lens, field guides and binoculars may also prove helpful on lab walks. 
All classes will be held rain or shine.  

 Final Exam

           At the completion of the six sessions, a take home final exam will be given.  Participants will need to earn a 75% or better to be certified as a Michigan Master Naturalist.


           Each Master Naturalist is expected to attend every one of the six sessions.  
If a participant misses more than one session, then he or she cannot become a certified Michigan Master Naturalist.


$240 per person includes six sessions, materials and handouts.

24 SCECH credit hours are available.

Cancellations received after April 29 will incur a $100 cancellation fee.

Cancellations received on week prior to the start of class will not be refunded.


The class is full.  Please register

to be put on our waiting list for next year. 

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For questions contact Beth Clawson at or 269-330-5554.