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Learn the tricks of conservation

Are you fascinated with nature? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and skills with others?

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program, a statewide effort to promote awareness, understanding and stewardship of the state's natural resources, is a network of informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within Wisconsin communities. You can become a Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer.

A volunteer training course will be held at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary in Sarona, Wis., beginning Aug. 27 and ending Sept. 1.

The $250 course involves 40 hours of training in natural history, interpretation and conservation stewardship. Once trained, a Wisconsin Master Naturalist provides volunteer service in education and interpretation, stewardship or citizen science.

To maintain certification, volunteers must complete 40 hours of service each year, in addition to eight hours of additional training.

For more information about the program, visit

Registration for the Hunt Hill course closes today. If you are unable to register online, contact