A new statewide program designed to train instructors and volunteers about Wisconsin’s natural resources launched this past spring. The Wisconsin Master Naturalist (WIMN) program, patterned after the Master Gardener program, creates a volunteer base for education, stewardship, and citizen science projects in service of our natural resources.
The WIMN program is a combined effort of the UW-Extension, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the Environmental Resources Center, UW-Madison.
Instructors train WIMN volunteers because they share a passion to strengthen natural resources literacy and to increase conservation services in communities across the state. To increase the number of Volunteer Master Naturalists, we must train certified WIMN instructors in all areas of the state.
Applications are now being accepted for an Instructor Training to be held December 9-10, 2013 at the Pyle Center on the UW-Madison campus. Enrollment for this course ends on Nov. 25, 2013.
A WIMN instructor uses the program’s curriculum, tools, and resources to train adult volunteers about Wisconsin’s natural resources, to teach them how to educate others, to connect them to resources, and to help create connections between volunteers and conservation projects.
Becoming a WIMN instructor is a professional development opportunity; preparing and teaching the Volunteer Training Course provides an opportunity to refresh your base knowledge about the state’s natural resources and to connect with natural resources professionals across the state. Finally, teaching the Volunteer Training Course is really fun. Participants are eager to learn and to work hard. They really enjoy the experience and feel grateful to be part of this conservation effort.
Contact the Wisconsin Master Naturalist state office at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the application process or to receive more information about the course. See the www.wimasternaturalist.org website for more information about this new statewide program, including future volunteer and instructor training offerings.