Master Naturalist Training at The Clearing

Peninsula State Park, The Clearing and The Ridges Sanctuary are partnering with the University of Wisconsin – Extension to offer the opportunity for Door County volunteers to become Wisconsin Master Naturalists. The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program’s goal is to develop a corps of informed volunteers dedicated to education and environmental stewardship within Wisconsin communities.

The format of the training course is: 40 hours of classroom instruction (including field trips), individual or small group projects, 40 hours of volunteer service in education and interpretation, environmental stewardship and citizen science, and 40 hours of service and eight hours of advanced training in future years to maintain certification.

Volunteer training takes place at The Clearing in Ellison Bay on Fridays, 9 am – 4 pm, in January and February. Training topics include: ecology, plant communities, wildlife, water, aquatic life, geology and human impacts.

Registration opens Nov. 25 and closes Dec. 27. The fee is $250 payable to the UW – Extension. For more information, visit or contact Kathleen Harris at [email protected] or 920.868.3258.