Summer Master Naturalist Course

Our certification courses consist of at least 40 hours of instruction in a mix of lectures, in-class labs, and outdoor field trips. We’ll cover a wide breadth of topics with the goal of giving you an essential foundation of skill and knowledge on which you can build. We run two summer sessions, one in June and one in August. Each session will focus on topics best studied at that time of the summer. In June we will spend more time with flowering plants and birds. In August we will spend more time with insects and nature journaling.


Summer (June) 2022 Master Naturalist Certification Course

MONDAY, June 6, to FRIDAY, June 10, 2022

REGISTER HERE.

This is a five-day intensive course held in the summer each year. Class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

This class is compressed into a short window of time so we will delve deeply into three subjects. Our focus will be on learning the core skills of identification of:  1) flowers, shrubs and trees, 2) birds, and 3) insects. Instruction will also include time on local geology, mammals, fire ecology, and riparian ecology.

Instructors:

Christine Morris, Community Programs Coordinator and naturalist. Christine teaches the spring and fall Montana Master Naturalist courses, the Certified Interpretive Guide course, and coordinates adult programs and lectures.

Guest instructor may include Elena Ulev, naturalist.

We’ll take full advantage of the summer season and spend most of our time afield. We will spend time in the cottonwood galleries of the river’s floodplain and venture to the conifer forest in Pattee Canyon. Get a handle on plant identification by recognizing patterns in form, catch and identify butterflies along the Clark Fork River, and recognize birds by song and sight.

COVID precautions: We will follow all the most current best practices concerning COVID precautions during this class, potentially including social distancing, wearing masks, etc . If it is not possible for us to safely take our MNHC bus, we will need to drive ourselves in our personal vehicles.

“After completing this course, I felt much more closely connected to my Montana home, but the best part is being able to share my new naturalist skills with others so they can find their sense of place as well.”  ~2017 Master Naturalist

Master Naturalist Certification Requirements:

  • The main project for this class is keeping a detailed naturalist handbook with species list. To get the most out of your experience, you should expect to spend a little time in the afternoon reviewing and organizing your daily notes, and tracking your observations.
  • Full attendance.
  • Complete the culminating exercise.

Please Note:
This is a university-level class. A significant amount of information is covered in 5 days. It is fun!—but also work to be proud of and take seriously.

June Course Syllabus

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

  • Cost: $420 for members; $450 for non-members
  • We are able to offer some scholarships. Please contact us at 406.327.0405 for details.
  • 2 University of Montana credits available, pending approval. This course is listed at UM ENST 391. A $155 fee is required to the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning to take the class for credit. Payment and information will be collected at the first class.
  • Full payment due upon registration. The course fee (minus a $100 administrative fee) is refundable ONLY if a cancellation is made 30 days before the first day of class. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline. Exceptions will be made for air quality due to wildfires. Read our full cancellation/refund policy.
  • REGISTER HERE for the Summer (June) 2022 Montana Master Naturalist Course.

Summer (August) 2022 Master Naturalist Certification Course

MONDAY, August 22, to FRIDAY, August 26, 2022

REGISTER HERE.

This is a five-day intensive course held in the summer each year. Class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

This class is compressed into a short window of time so we will delve deeply into three subjects. Our focus will be on learning the core skills of identification of:  1) flowers, shrubs and trees, 2) birds, and 3) insects. Instruction will also include time on local geology, mammals, fire ecology, and riparian ecology.

Instructors:

Christine Morris, Community Programs Coordinator and naturalist. Christine teaches the spring and fall Montana Master Naturalist courses, the Certified Interpretive Guide course, and coordinates adult programs and lectures.

Keri Geiser, Teaching Naturalist. Keri teaches students in our Visiting Naturalist in the Schools program, leads Saturday Kids’ Activities, Center Visits, and more. She has experience with the Master Naturalist Course here at MNHC and at the Glacier Institute.

Jenah Mead, Teaching Naturalist/Artist. Jenah teaches students in our Visiting Naturalist in the Schools program, and leads our art and nature journaling classes and courses.

Greg Peters, Instructor at Missoula College/Botanist. Greg is a favorite instructor at the Missoula college and teaches plant classes with MNHC. He has also taught the Master Naturalist course with the Glacier Institute.

We’ll take full advantage of the summer season and spend most of our time afield. We will spend time in the cottonwood galleries of the river’s floodplain and venture to the conifer forest in Pattee Canyon. Get a handle on plant identification by recognizing patterns in form, catch and identify butterflies along the Clark Fork River, and recognize birds by song and sight.

COVID precautions: We will follow all the most current best practices concerning COVID precautions during this class, potentially including social distancing, wearing masks, etc . If it is not possible for us to safely take our MNHC bus, we will need to drive ourselves in our personal vehicles.

“After completing this course, I felt much more closely connected to my Montana home, but the best part is being able to share my new naturalist skills with others so they can find their sense of place as well.”  ~2017 Master Naturalist

Master Naturalist Certification Requirements:

  • The main project for this class is keeping a detailed naturalist handbook with species list. To get the most out of your experience, you should expect to spend a little time in the afternoon reviewing and organizing your daily notes, and tracking your observations.
  • Full attendance.
  • Complete the culminating exercise.

Please Note:
This is a university-level class. A significant amount of information is covered in 5 days. It is fun!—but also work to be proud of and take seriously.

August Course Syllabus

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

  • Cost: $420 for members; $450 for non-members
  • We are able to offer some scholarships. Please contact us at 406.327.0405 for details.
  • 2 University of Montana credits available, pending approval. This course is listed at UM ENST 391. A $155 fee is required to the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning to take the class for credit. Payment and information will be collected at the first class.
  • Full payment due upon registration. The course fee (minus a $100 administrative fee) is refundable ONLY if a cancellation is made 30 days before the first day of class. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline. Exceptions will be made for air quality due to wildfires. Read our full cancellation/refund policy.
  • REGISTER HERE for the Summer (August) 2022 Montana Master Naturalist Course.