Master Naturalist Course

Master Naturalist Programs at Schlitz Audubon

Two Master Naturalist programs take place at Schlitz Audubon. One is taught by Schlitz Audubon Staff Naturalists who are certified through, and teach for, the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program. The other class is taught by Senior Ecologist Don Quintenz (and is presently full). Below is a description of both and how the courses differ.


Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program Hosted at Schlitz Audubon

Schlitz Audubon is a host location for the Wisconsin Master Naturalist (WIMN) program. These courses are taught by Schlitz Audubon Naturalists who are certified as WIMN educators. Per the WIMN website: “The mission of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program is to promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the natural environment by developing a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within their communities.”

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Course Details

  • Perfect for anyone interested in citizen science, environmental education, land stewardship, and careers in this field.
  • Taught by Schlitz Audubon Naturalists who are certified by WIMN.
  • Recognized and certified by UW-Extension.
  • Taught throughout the state, Schlitz Audubon is one of the host sites.
  • Takes place during 10 evening classes and 2 Saturday field trips – not during the workday. 
  • Requires 40-hours of course-related volunteering. 
  • Capstone presentation required.

For more information or to register, visit the Wisconsin Master Naturalist website.


Schlitz Audubon Master Naturalist Program

Schlitz Audubon offers ongoing courses with the intent to transform local nature enthusiasts into knowledgeable, well-trained and well-versed naturalists. Participants can then take their knowledge into the greater community, and can also become part of Schlitz Audubon Nature Center’s volunteer corps, providing such critical functions as naturalist interpretation or citizen science. Citizen science work allows you to become a contributing member to our regional conservation efforts. Another goal of the program is to deepen participants’ connection to nature and sense of place within it. Field trips to natural areas across our region are a part of the program and will facilitate that experience. The Schlitz Audubon Master Naturalist Class counts as advanced credits toward the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program

Schlitz Audubon Master Naturalist Course Details

  • Takes place at Schlitz Audubon.
  • Taught by Don Quintenz.
  • Classes take place during the weekday.
  • Approximately 72 hours of course content over 12 sessions including 2 field trips at offsite natural areas.
  • Intended to be taken year round, to experience all seasons. 
  • This course has some inside instruction, but a lot of time is spent outside.
  • Is a companion to, but is different from, the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program. This course counts toward advanced credits for those in the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program.

In Summer 2017 we are starting a new beginning Master Naturalist course. At present, this course is full. If you would like to be added to a participant list for a future course, or are interested in more information, contact Schlitz Audubon Senior Ecologist Don Quintenz at 414-352-2880 x156.

Course Instructor:

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 native flora and fauna.