Michigan Master Naturalist
The outdoor experiences will send you to a wide variety of locations including well known (or somewhat secretive) parks, native preserves and bogs throughout the local training area.
Be aware that some locations may have steep or rough terrain.
Sessions are slated to run one Saturday a month through three of Michigan's seasons of Spring - Fall
May 8 - Ornithology, Botany and Native Plants
June 5 - Interpretive Skills, Native Trees, and Insect Biomass for Birds
July 10 - Michigan Geology, Soils, and Climate
August 7 - River and Lake Ecology, Ichthyology, Reptiles, Amphibians
September 11 - Butterflies and their Habitats, Spiders
October 17 - Hawk Migration and Michigan Wetland Habitats
Please download the flier below for a table monthly times and dates
Trainees will be provided with resource materials.
What to Expect
Participants are responsible for purchasing their own required books:
Tallamy,D.W., Bringing Nature Home. Timber Press.
Kaufman, Kenn, Jeff Sayre & Kimberly Kaufman, Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Other Suggested Resources
Newcomb,L., Newcomb's Wildflower Guide. Little Brown Publishers.
Peterson,R.T., Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Trainees should wear plan to wear appropriate clothing such as closed toed shoes or hiking boots, hat, long pants, etc. during the suggested self-guided outdoor experiences.
(Exceptions will be made if the trainee becomes ill with COVID-19)
If a participant misses multiple sessions, then he or she may not become a certified Michigan Master Naturalist.
Cancellations received within 14 days of class 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.
If class registration is closed you my register to a waiting list for early notification for the next class at
Registration for MSU Extension Michigan Master Naturalist Rouge River Region is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 23, 2021.
There are no openings available.
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.