Thank you for your interest in the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center’s Master Naturalist Program.

This program is designed for people who want to expand their knowledge and awareness of the natural environment.

Partcipants will receive in-depth instruction, both in the classroom and the field, on a comprehensive range of topics, including plants, soils, birds, habitats, mammals, forestry, and aquatic systems.

The classroom training will be held at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, CT with field studies at various locations across the state in addition to the Center. Following the 8 week formal instruc2on period, students will participate in a variety of activities including a short research project, special educational programs at the Center, field trips and educational outreach.

The Level I certification, Apprentice Naturalist, is a pre-requisite for the Level II Master Naturalist certification. The Level II training is a more intense program, with participants concentrating on one or two selected topic areas and a more in-depth research project.

Master Naturalist Program – Level I

Application Process

  • A completed application must be submitted by Friday, March 18th, 2022
    OR
    Mailed to:
    James L. Goodwin Conservation Center
    23 Potter Rd.
    Hampton, CT 06247
  • Letters of acceptance will be emailed by Saturday, April 1st.
  • If accepted into the program, the payment of $250.00 must be submitted or postmarked no later than April 15th.

Level I Program Requirements

  • 35 + hours formal classroom/field training consisting of 6 classes. Attendance mandatory on 4/23. Students are expected to attend all sessions, with one excused absence if necessary.
    • o 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28 10:00AM-4:00PM unless otherwise noted
  • Short research project with report on the findings.
  • Attend at least one field trip.
  • Attend at least three out of of ten special programs offered as a part of the James L Goodwin Conservation Center’s Environmental Education Series.
  • 25 hours of educational outreach.
  • All requirements completed by September 2nd, 2022.
  • Must be 16 years or older.

Course Materials

Participants will receive a Master Naturalist manual, field notebook, textbook and hand lens.

Master Naturalist Program – Level II

Application Process

  • A completed application must be submitted by Friday, August 19th, 2022
    OR
    Mailed to:
    James L. Goodwin Conservation Center
    23 Potter Rd.
    Hampton, CT 06247
  • Letters of acceptance will be emailed by September 2nd.
  • If accepted into the Master Naturalist Program Level II, the payment of $275.00 must be submitted or postmarked no later than April 15th.

Level II Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of Apprentice Naturalist, Level I and an additional payment of $275.00.
  • 35 + hours formal classroom/field training consisting of 7 classes taught by specialists. Topics will be similar to Level I, but more in depth and taught by numerous experts in each field.
    • Class dates: 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5
  • In-depth research project in area of focus and report on the findings.
  • Attend at least two special programs at Goodwin or in other locations as approved by the Master Naturalist teacher or admin.
  • 25 hours of educational outreach.

Course Materials

Participants will receive a textbook.