Minnesota Master Naturalist - Prairies and Potholes - River Bend Nature Center

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Join Master Naturalist instructors Breanna Wheeler, Carol Trosset, and guest speakers to watch the early summer beauty of a restored prairie unfold at River Bend Nature Center and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Prairies & Potholes biome of Minnesota. 

Participants will learn about geology, plants and trees, animals, ecology, water, and human impacts on the environment as well as how to convey this knowledge to others and be a steward of the land. This is a great life-long learning and fellowship opportunity and perfect time of the year to experience the buzz of insects, chirp of birds and bloom of color in the prairie! 

All participants will work towards completing a capstone project during the course. The 40-hour course will run on Saturdays from 9 AM - 5 PM from June 1, 2019 to July 13, 2019 (no class on July 6). Daily schedules will vary and include classroom learning, on and off-site field experiences/trips, guest presenters, and a whole lot of fun. 

The course cost is $295 and includes course manuals and supplies. 

You will need to bring your lunch. There is limited refrigerator space on site. 

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application and send it to us. 

River Bend Nature Center was established in 1978 in Faribault, Minnesota and is a non-profit nature center located on 743 acres which includes maple basswood forests, restored prairies, wetlands and the Straight River. The mission of River Bend Nature Center is to help people discover, enjoy, understand, and preserve the incredible natural world that surrounds us. River Bend Nature Center provides environmental education, conservation and recreational programs, events, and activities for area schools and the public. Visit year-round to explore ten miles of multi-use trails and an interpretive center open to the public with no entrance fees. Become a member, donate, or learn more at www.rbnc.org 

For more information, please contact Breanna Wheeler at rbncinfo@rbnc.org or call 507-332-7151.

The course cost is $295 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application and send it to us.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on:

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019

Instructor Information

Breanna Wheeler, breannaw@gmail.com