Natural Resources

The Extension Institute of Natural Resources helps individuals, communities and the state coexist with Wisconsin’s rich water, mineral land and forestry resources. Extension’s Lake Superior National research reserve and Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center are examples of research and programming that serve Wisconsinites living in a resource-rich state.
The Regional Natural Resources Education Program serve Dodge county with programming to protect
our land and water resources. Learn more here.


Wisconsin Master Naturalist Trainings 2022

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Trainings are located across the state on both Great Lakes, on prairies, in forests, through river valleys, and in urban parks! There is something for everyone.

Registration will open Monday, January 10 at 9:00am! Registration is first come, first serve.  We do have a waiting list once a training fills, but it’s best to register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot. Please check out our website to see the full descriptions and times.

  • St. Croix Valley, March 19-August 27; Carpenter Nature Center, St. Croix County Parks, The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks
  • Franklin, March 28-June 6; Wehr Nature Center
  • Madison, April 7-April 30; Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area
  • Bayfield County, June 6-11; Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and Cable Natural History Museum
  • Middleton, June 9-July 9; Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy
  • Eagle River, July 10-15; Trees for Tomorrow
  • Madison, July 16-August 20; Friends of Urban Nature (FUN)
  • Waukesha, July 18-23; Retzer Nature Center
  • Fall Creek, July 31-August 5; Beaver Creek Reserve
  • Sarona, August 13-August 19; Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
  • Milwaukee, August 16-Sept 29; Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
  • Manitowish Waters, August 18-September 7; North Lakeland Discovery Center

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Becky Sapper at or call 608-262-0020.

Water Programming

Leading and facilitating water quality projects across the state.

Natural Resource Educators are providing leadership on nutrient reduction and water quality projects
across the state. Projects involve collaboration with key stakeholders including federal, state, and local
partners such as lake associations and producer-led watershed initiatives. Educators also provide expertise in program development, process facilitation, stakeholder engagement, and development of educational materials
Water Educator serving Dodge county:

Michelle Probst

Phone: 608-224-3696
Located at the Dane county Extension Office


Forestry Programming 

Engaging private woodland owners to encourage sustainable forest management.

Natural Resources Educators and key partners are leading classes (Learn About Your Land and Your
Land, Your Legacy) and other efforts to engage landowners in the sustainable management of
Wisconsin’s privately-owned forests. NREs create content for landowners on a variety of topics in
publication, video, and website formats. Learn more at or check out our YouTube
Forestry Educator serving Dodge county:

Tony Johnson

Phone: 920-929-1173
Located at the Fond du Lac Extension Office

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