Published on May 4, 2018

Introducing the Field Naturalist Certificate Program

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Become a certified Mass Audubon field naturalist! During the 11-week Field Naturalist Certificate (FNC) Program, gain in-depth knowledge of organismal groups and their ecology while taking part in field research, monitoring, and communication training.

The certification program runs from August 29 to November 17, 2018, meeting Wednesday evenings and every other Saturday. Wednesday classes meet at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Field trips to additional wildlife sanctuaries in Central Massachusetts take place every other Saturday.

In addition to the course meetings, all participants will need to complete 40 hours of independent environmental stewardship and volunteer work.

Upon successful completion of the classes, fieldwork, and a volunteering component, you will receive a certificate and nametag, signifying your expertise as a certified Mass Audubon Field Naturalist.

Program Goals

  • Understand and be able to articulate the importance of sound ecological management principles, climate change resilience, and land protection
  • Sharpen your ability to advocate for the environment
  • Develop a sound base of knowledge of Central Massachusetts’ ecology and natural history
  • Learn field research techniques and methodologies
  • Gain the tools to continue learning about the environment on your own


$1,100 members and $1,300 nonmembers

Learn More & Register

For more information, email Martha Gach or reserve your space by registering online.