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Field Station Natural History Workshops

Registration is now open for our Summer 2020 workshops!

Click here to register.

Coronavirus update: We have a full schedule of summer natural history workshops planned, beginning on May 29.  We are hoping to be able to hold all of these workshops and are currently accepting registrations for them.  We will need to evaluate each workshop as the date approaches to determine whether or not it can be held.  If conditions are not safe enough, we will cancel the workshop and offer participants a full refund.  We will follow federal, state and UWM guidelines in determining whether or not it is safe to hold a workshop.

New this year: Field Ornithology will be offered at Kemp Biological Station in Woodruff, Wisconsin.  Travel to northern Wisconsin for a week of learning about birds in the field and classroom!

We are also offering Wetland Hydrology for Beginners for the first time.  Join a hydrogeologist and an ecologist for a practical field-oriented guide to wetland hydrology.

We will also be repeating our popular classes on Field Herpetology, Sedges, Fishes of Wisconsin, Forest Communities of Southeastern Wisconsin, and Mushrooms.

Visit the Summer Workshop page for course dates, descriptions and fees.

A Very High Quality of Instruction

Our workshops offer a unique opportunity to explore focused topics in natural history under the guidance of noted authorities. Hands-on field and laboratory investigations teach ecology, evolution, use of taxonomic keys, and techniques. The workshops present college-level instruction and are designed to accommodate participants with a broad range of experience. The only prerequisite for any of the workshops is a keen interest in the topic. Enrollment in each session is limited to 20, providing an informal atmosphere and individualized instruction.

Available for College Credit

Students may receive Undergraduate or Graduate credit for some of our workshops by enrolling in UWM, Biological Sciences, 562, Topics in Field Biology. There is an additional tuition fee to receive credit. Click here for information on how to enroll for credit, and contact the Field Station for the specific requirements for completion of individual “Topics” courses.

All of our classes can also be taken for continuing education credits. You can request a certificate that documents your completion of the course. There is no additional charge for continuing education credits.

Workshop Schedule

Two day workshop schedule:
Friday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday evening: discussion, individual study in the lab, or social
Saturday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Field Ornithology will be a week-long class at Kemp Biological Station in northern Wisconsin.  See course description for details.

The workshop fee includes overnight accommodations (bring your own sleeping bag and towels). Tent space is also available. Four excellent meals  (2 lunches, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast) are provided at cost and are optional. All meals include plenty to satisfy vegetarians.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog.