Minnesota Master Naturalist

Course Registration

BWBR - Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve

Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve website

5212 73rd St. NW
Maple Lake, MN 55358

Join us to learn more about the Big Woods, Big Rivers biome at the Wright County Parks Environmental Education Center west of Monticello in the heart of the BWBR. Come learn about the plants, animals, history, geology, hydrology and ecology of Minnesota forests and waterways.

You will gain valuable tools for exploring the natural world and sharing it with others, and we will spend significant portions of each class outside learning and practicing those skills. The course runs from August 20 to August 25, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturday 8:30 AM to noon. One all-day (Thursday) and four short field trips are included in the schedule and will feature Wright County parks and Lake Maria State Park. Participants will do a capstone project as teams - project suggestions will be provided. Graduates then volunteer 40 hours each year to remain an active Master Naturalist Volunteer.

Meals are on your own – we do have limited kitchen facilities (microwave, small refrigerator). Lunch will be provided for the all-day field trip on Thursday.

The course cost is $275 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application and send it to us.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Ken Bachofer

Retired engineer with a biology background and a lifelong love of nature. My interests are ecology, population biology and evolution. This is the sixth year we have teamed up to teach this course at Ney.

Arne Myrabo

Retired engineer with a lifelong love of the outdoors, and a special interest in photography, dragonflies, moths & butterflies.

Jeanne Dirksen

Life long love of nature from living along a river and in a hardwood forest and prairie setting. Special Interests: Nurturing and creating habitat for pollinators and wildlife.

Ann Wessel

Minnesota native with a communications background, including stints writing about outdoor recreation and conservation. Interests include wildflowers and lichen.

Sponsor Information

Wright County Parks Administrator

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