Master Naturalist Course

The Schlitz Audubon Master Naturalist Course will be co-taught by Don Quintenz, Director of Conservation and Adult Programs, and Marc White, Senior Ecologist and Land Manager of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. This course has been developed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge they will need to connect people with nature and inspire them to become responsible stewards of the natural world.

The Master Naturalist Course is a one year course with twelve class sessions scheduled monthly from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Class sessions are generally scheduled on the third Thursday of every month. Six additional field trips have been included in the course to provide participants with the opportunity to explore some of southeastern Wisconsin’s best natural areas. Natural area field trips have been scheduled monthly from May-October, generally on the first Thursday of every month, and include visits to Muskego Park Hardwood Forest, Horicon Marsh, Kohler-Andrae Dunes, Lulu Lake, Chiwaukee Prairie, and a canoe trip down the Milwaukee River.

By the end of this course students will:

  • Have the understanding and skills they will need to connect people with nature and inspire them to become responsible stewards of the natural world.
  • Possess the ability to advance citizen science activities in their community and the knowledge to effectively implement a variety of program topics.
  • Be comfortable in their ability to advance environmental literacy and ecological understanding in a world filled with divergent opinions, backgrounds and beliefs.
  • Be able to identify and effectively pursue the opportunities that best suit their individual aspirations, whether that is a career or other life goals as a naturalist.


  • A strong desire to understand the natural world and your place in it.
  • A passion to share your understanding with others.
  • Be able to participate in six hour classes, of which 50-100% of them will be spent outside.

Student Needs:
Students who may need disability-related accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment with the instructor to determine if appropriate accommodations can be made. All discussions will remain confidential.

Course Instructors:

DonheadDon Quintenz is the Senior Ecologist at Schlitz Audubon, and has been teaching environmental education since 1967. Before joining the Schlitz Audubon teaching staff in 1981, he worked with the Milwaukee Public Schools as their environmental specialist for five years, and before that he was with the Wisconsin Humane Society for three years as their environmental educator and the Wisconsin DNR as a resource technician. The skill he cherishes the most is his ability to excite and fascinate people about the natural world because of his intimate familiarity with the native flora and fauna.


white-marcMarc White is the Director of Conservation for Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and has 25 years of experience as a Naturalist, Ecologist and Land Manager in Southeastern Wisconsin. Before taking the land management position at Schlitz Audubon, Marc worked as a naturalist and land manager for the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Planning and as the Director of Research, Stewardship and Adult Education at Riveredge Nature Center. Most recently Marc has worked as the Senior Ecologist for Merek Landscaping Inc. and as the Invasive Species Coordinator for the Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium. Marc’s professional career has been driven by his desire to foster ecological citizenship.

Download a copy of the Master Naturalist Course Syllabus.

Course Dates and Times:

The Master Naturalist Course runs from March 2015 – February 2016, and meets generally on the third Thursday of every month. Field trips take place May 2015 – October 2015, generally on the first Thursday of the month. All classes and field trips are scheduled from 9:00am – 3:00pm. For exact dates of classes and field trips please see the course syllabus.

Fees and Registration:

  • Members $470 | Non-members $540
  • Pre-registration is required. To register for the Master Naturalist Course
    please call 414-352-2880.