Statewide Master Naturalist Courses

The Montana Master Naturalist Program has begun to spread across the state!  For those of you outside of the Missoula area, there are now several other options for getting your Montana Master Naturalist certification.

Glacier Institute Master Naturalist Course 2017

When: summer 2018, dates TBA

Overview: The Master Naturalist course is designed to enrich the learner with a broad set of naturalist skills that demand a ready willingness to explore and learn. The core of this week-long course involves a nuanced reading of the landscape.  We’ll use big themes of biogeography, succession, and habitat to frame our knowledge around the individual communities, habitats, and organisms.  Through this five-day intensive course, participants will cultivate an ability to accurately interpret and understand the plants and animals whose presence tells the story of the landscape. Come prepared to work at developing these skills with the satisfaction of learning in one of the most scenic places in North America!

Cost:  $875 (the course fee includes six nights of lodging and all meals from Thursday dinner through Wednesday breakfast)

Registration: Click HERE for more information and to register.


Helena Master Naturalist Course

When: June 2018, dates TBA

Overview: Whether you are an accomplished scientist or just enjoy spending time in the out-of-doors, this class is for you! Course topics will include: field journaling, plant & animal identification, living with wildlife, interpretive and citizen scientist skills. Classes will start from Montana WILD and conclude with an overnight trip to FWP’s Beartooth Wildlife Management Area near Holter Lake. Participants will be required to complete a community service component to maintain their annual Master Naturalist Certification. Click here for the proposed class schedule.

Cost: $140 (and an additional $100 paid to the Montana Natural History Center if you want the statewide Montana Master Naturalist Certification). Class size is limited to 15 participants. The course fee is refundable ONLY if cancellation is made a week prior to the first class session. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after June 10th.

Registration: To register and for more information please contact:
Montana WILD – Education Center
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
2668 Broadwater
Helena, MT  59602
Phone: 406.444.9944

Or register by contacting Kurt Cunningham at 406-444-9939 or

Checks should be made to the MT Discovery Foundation.

Billings Master Naturalist Course

When:  next course TBA

Overview:  The Billings Montana Master Naturalist Program is designed for adults who want to deepen their knowledge of the natural world. Its curriculum is field-oriented and place-based, focusing on the ecosystems and landscapes of South-Central Montana–the mixed-grass prairies, mountain ranges, and river basins that define the area. Field skills such as journaling, tracking, observation, and identification are emphasized, as are interpretive techniques to share your knowledge with others.

This 8-week, 40-hour course is a combination of evening sessions and all-day field trips. Adapted from a Montana-specific curriculum, the Billings program qualifies participants for Master Naturalist certification from the Montana Natural History Center. Instructor and Master Naturalist Carolyn Sevier is deeply familiar with the natural history of the Billings area and has spent more than 15 years in outdoor and nature education.

“I loved the hands-on approach—I learned so much for lifetime learning, not just for immediate response. Loved this class and really looked forward to it each week.” ~a former Billings Master Naturalist student

Cost: $250 ($225 for Friends of the Montana Audubon Conservation Center)

Registration: Click HERE for more information about the Montana Audubon Conservation Center.

Bozeman Master Naturalist Course

When: next course TBA

Overview:  Do you love getting outside, and do you want to take your learning to the next level? Are you curious which bird makes that spectacular trill, why Indian paintbrush comes in so many colors, which shrub is which, and how bedrock influences the plants that can grow? Do you have kids or grandkids, and want to be able to share with them more about this incredible place we call home? If so, and if you want to spend time with like-minded people hungry to have fun and learn more, MOSS’ Master Naturalist program is for you.

Offered in partnership with the Montana Natural History Center, MOSS’s program includes presentations by many local experts.

“I used to enjoy hiking for the exercise. Now I pay so much attention to what is at my feet that I don’t move as fast!” ~ a former MOSS Master Naturalist student

Class topics include:
Field journals & sketching
Tree identification
Flower identification and flower characteristics
Mammal identification and tracking
Bird life and bird identification
Fish physiology

Each participant will also be required to complete a community service component to maintain Master Naturalist Certification.

Cost: $395.

Registration:  Click HERE for more information about the Montana Outdoor Science School.