Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Course

Big Woods, Big River

group birding in the big woodsMonday - Friday, May 21-25, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Two evening sessions (Tu/Th) will allow for a shorter day on Friday, May 25

Join instructors John Geissler and Kyle Rauch for a week-long 40-hour class exploring the big woods biome.


Through the MN Master Naturalist Program

Online Registration


$275, includes materials. Scholarships are available from the MN Master Naturalist Program.


A limited number of lodging options are available in Emmaus Hall (School of Theology graduate student housing) on the Saint John's University campus. Rooms are not air-conditioned. There is a common kitchen to bring your own food for meals. Meal punch cards are also available from the university dining service and can be purchased upon your arrival. Contact Patty Weishaar (320.363.2113) to make a reservation.

  • Simple rooms with common bath down the hall
    $40/night or $150/week (5-7 nights)
  • Larger rooms with private bath
    $50/night or $175/week (5-7 nights)

Additional lodging options


The Minnesota Master Naturalist program is an educational volunteer program for adults akin to the Master Gardener program and is geared toward adults who are curious and enjoy learning about the natural world, sharing their knowledge with others, and supporting conservation.

Volunteers complete a 40-hour course studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship, as well as a final capstone project.