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Northern Naturalist students will learn through exploration about animals, plants, water, geology, policy, and more!


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Stream through the woods

Interested in Starting?

Explore the natural environment — water, shorelines, woods, rolling landscapes, dunes, plentiful trees, birds, wildflowers, and wildlife are part of what makes this “up north” region so remarkable!

Take your interest and engagement to a new level by earning a continuing education Northern Naturalist Certificate. You can increase your knowledge for personal enjoyment, volunteer work, or employment, all while exploring the natural environment through classroom and hands-on field experience.

Different courses are offered each semester, and on a schedule so that the program can be completed in two years (likely sooner, if desired). And there is no time limit to complete the program. Courses encompass a variety of formats such as face to face, livestream and hybrid.

The instructors are experienced academic and area professionals with backgrounds in science, education, and the environment. Class time includes instruction and active learning; many include field trips.

Enrollment is $25 and is always open. You must enroll in the program to receive a completion certificate. 
Learn more about the requirements here »

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Optional template and course key is a tool to assist you keep track of requirements. Make a copy of our sample Google sheet to store in your Google Drive, or download a pdf/excel file.

Completed your certificate? 
Once you have completed your requirements, email us email us a copy of your class template log or transcript. 

For more information

We are happy to discuss this exciting program with you in greater detail. For more information, please contact us at