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Further Professional Development

On-Site Workshops for Teachers

Monarchs in the Classroom, based at the University of Minnesota, conducts on-site workshops for teachers, students, or other groups. These workshops range in length from 1.5 to 7 hours, and cost $100 per instructor hour plus travel. They cover successful curriculum lessons, schoolyard gardening, and basic monarch biology, but can be altered for a particular type of event. For more information or to set up an on-site workshop, contact us by filling out our Request a Presenter form and someone will get back to you with our availability. Questions? Call 612-625-8304 or email us at

Minnesota Master Naturalist Program

The Minnesota Master Naturalist Program provides an exciting new opportunity for adults who are curious and enjoy learning about the natural world. If you enjoy hiking, bird watching, following tracks or identifying wildflowers, you’ll love being a Master Naturalist. Anyone can participate: teachers, retired professionals, nature guides, hunters, ecotour operators, farmers, and … You!

As a Master Naturalist, you'll join a statewide network of trained volunteers in environmental education, interpretation and service; support conservation education efforts throughout Minnesota; and increase Minnesotan’s understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The program will offer three different courses, locally taught, that correspond to Minnesota's three major ecosystem areas (focusing on both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems) – the Big Woods and Big Rivers, the Northwoods and Great Lakes, and the Prairies and Potholes. Master Naturalists complete 40-hour hands-on courses with expert instructors, studying natural history, environmental interpretation and conservation stewardship. There is a volunteer requirement for continued Master Naturalist status, and a wide variety of advanced training and networking opportunities. The program is a collaborative partnership between the University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

For more information about the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program, see

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