Minnesota Master Naturalist

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BWBR - Whitewater State Park, Altura, MN

Whitewater State Park, Altura, MN website

19041 Highway 74
Altura, MN 55910

Learn about the natural history of the Driftless Area of southeast Minnesota through lectures, interpretive programs and activities, field trips, guest presenters and a final capstone project. Our instructor team of professional naturalists each specialize in different content areas and make learning fun and engaging! We'll explore Whitewater State Park and nearby public lands and get to know area conservation organizations working to protect our natural resources.

Field days will run from 8 am - 4 pm on April 16, 22 and 23 and will include travel time to various locations and opportunities for in-depth exploration. Attendance at ALL class sessions will be required for graduation as well as a capstone service project.

Classes will be held mainly outdoors. All participants are encouraged to wear masks while indoors and practice social distancing. Unvaccinated participants will be required to wear a mask.

The course cost is $295 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application. After the scholarship is fully processed, you will receive a code to be entered in the on-line registration process. Please wait until you receive that code to complete registration.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Sara Holger

Sara has worked as an environmental educator since 1994, leading programs and activities for a variety of natural resource agencies and organizations including the US Forest Service Resort Naturalist Program, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource - MinnAqua Program, the Bell Museum of Natural History, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, and Olmsted County Parks. Since 1999, Sara has worked as an Interpretive Naturalist for Minnesota State Parks at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park and Whitewater State Park. Sara is the Founder and Board President of Project Get Outdoors, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides training and resources to help communities implement after school programs that connect low-income youth and children of color to nature exploration.

Joel Dunnette

I do ecological restoration, especially prairie, but also residential use of native plants. I also bird, count butterflies, and engage kids with nature.

Sponsor Information

Friends of Whitewater State Park


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