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Michigan Master Naturalist Southeast Region


           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 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 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. each Saturday date.

Topics/Dates for SE Michigan Region 2020:

April 18 - Introduction & Michigan's Ecosystems

May 9 - Michigan Forests & Michigan Mammals

June 20 - Wetlands/Amphibians

July 18 - Meadows/Reptiles

August 15 – Terrestrial Insects & their Habitats

September 12 – Coastal Marsh Life & Ornithology

October 3 – Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Interpretive Skills

(Note: locations subject to change)

 Automobile transportation and a Michigan State Park Recreation Passport is necessary. Carpooling can be coordinated as 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 plan to wear weather and activity appropriate clothing such as closed toed shoes or hiking boots, hat, long pants, etc.  
A camera, hand lens, field guides, related apps preloaded on smart phones and binoculars may also prove helpful on lab walks. 
All classes will be held rain or shine.  

 Final Exam

           At the completion of the core sessions, a take home final exam will be given. Participants will need to earn an 80% or better to be certified as a Michigan Master Naturalist.


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


$250 per person includes all core sessions, materials and handouts.

Cancellations received after April 14 will incur a $100 cancellation fee.

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

 Note: Registration will close when the class is full.   

Maximum class size is 30 participants.


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 registration and payment questions contact Beth Clawson at or 269-330-5554. For class location and detail questions contact Shawn Severance at