Indiana Master Naturalist

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Learn about Indiana’s natural resources from flowers to frogs and dunes to swamps. Understand how diverse and unique the Great Lakes region truly is.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with a love for the outdoors who is wishing to expand their knowledge of plants, wildlife and other natural resources in Indiana.

Each week a new topic is presented by expert(s) of the respective fields. A few may lead class outdoors- time and weather permitting. Upon completion of the nine week course, students are required to volunteer 30 hours to become certified Indiana Master Naturalists through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

$100 arboretum members/ $125 non-members
Maximum 25 participants

Summer 2023 Program

Classes will meet every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. from June 14 to August 16.

  • June 14Ornithology with Dr. Laurie Eberhardt, VU
  • June 21 – No Class
  • June 28 – Herpetology with Dr. Spencer Cortright, IUN
  • July 5 Trees with John Bachmann, PNW
  • July 12 Geology with Dr. Erin Argyilan, IUN
  • July 19 People and Natural Resources with Maddie Grimm
  • July 26 Grassland Ecology with Johnathan Rowe, Gabis Arboretum
  • August 2 –  Entomology with Dr. Desiree Robertson, NPS
  • August 9 – Water with Leslie Dorworth, PNW
  • August 16 – Final Exam

To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at or (219) 989-2163 five days prior to the event.