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Minnesota Master Naturalist: Big Woods Big Rivers

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U of M St. Paul Campus, Plant Growth Facilities
15387 Gortner Ave
St Paul, MN 55108



Saint Paul Campus

Have you always wanted to learn more about the natural world around you? Then this is the class for you! This class will focus on the Big Woods, Big Rivers biome. The St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota has many excellent opportunities to learn about plants and animals, and you will see some behind the scenes places not readily available to others

Topics to be covered include: animals, birds, water quality and chemistry, geology, ecology, human impacts and more. All students will complete a group capstone project in class.

Classes are a mix of in-class instruction, field trips and small group activities. Attendance at all class sessions is required for graduation. Class will go late one evening and you will be dismissed early on Friday.


Potential and current Master Naturalist volunteers.


$295. Includes manuals and supplies.

If you would like to receive a scholarship do not register now. Instead, complete this scholarship form and wait to be contacted before enrolling.

About the Big Woods, Big Rivers course

In this core course, training is tailored to Minnesota's Eastern Broadleaf Forest biome. This area makes a diagonal sash across Minnesota, starting at the northwest corner of the state with a narrow band and widening out in the southeast. It encompasses approximately 12 million acres, and includes three of the largest rivers in the state.

Big Woods, Big Rivers covers topics of geology, glaciers, water, wildlife, humans, ecology, and botany using a variety of teaching techniques, ranging from lectures, classroom discussions, field trips, field work, small group work, and readings.

Participants must complete the full 40 hours of training to become a certified Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer.

Each participant must complete a group capstone project. Participants will choose a capstone that they can complete before finishing the course.

Learn more about Master Naturalist volunteer training

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