The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, located on Barker's Island in Superior, will host its first Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course beginning Sept. 11. 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.

Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve staff and regional partners will explore the St. Louis River Estuary and the Lake Superior coast to gain an understanding of the natural resources that abound in this region. This course will tell the natural and cultural story of the St. Louis River Estuary through topics ranging from aquatic ecology to ornithology, including the impacts of humans on our landscape.

The $275 course involves 40 hours of training in natural history, interpretation and conservation stewardship. Once trained, a Wisconsin master naturalist provides volunteer service in one of three areas: education/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.

Courses take place Sept. 11-13, from 5-8:30 p.m.; Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 2-4 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Oct. 6 from noon to 6 p.m.

Registration for the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve course closes Aug. 30. To register, visit wimasternaturalist.org/volunteer-course/Superior2019. If you are unable to register online, contact info@wimasternaturalist.org.

For more information about the Wisconsin master naturalist program, visit wimasternaturalist.org.