Field Naturalist Certificate Program

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Become a certified Mass Audubon Field Naturalist! During the 11-week Field Naturalist Certificate (FNC) Program, you'll gain in-depth knowledge of organismal groups and how they are connected while taking part in field research, monitoring, and communication training.  

Mass Audubon Certified Field Naturalists will make a difference in their community through volunteer service projects that support our local natural resources. Upon successful completion of the classes, fieldwork, and volunteering component, you will receive certification, signifying your expertise as a Field Naturalist. 

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Program Dates & Details

→ Our Fall 2021 session is FULL ←

The FNC program is conducted as an online/in-person hybrid course. Lectures are held online, supplemented by in-person field days in Central and Eastern Massachusetts facilitated in small groups.


11 Wednesday evenings online, 6 Saturdays in the field


Online & field sites


Members: $1,200 • Nonmembers: $1,440

Who Should Attend 

This college-level course is geared to anyone looking to gain deeper knowledge of the natural world in a professional setting. Ideal for those who want to take a more active role in habitat management, educational programming, advocacy, and citizen science as a volunteer or for those that are beginning a career in the environmental field. 

Course Modules

Through lectures and hands-on field work participants will gain a comprehensive, integrated understanding of:

General ecology Mammals
Trees (dendrology) Fungi (mycology)
Plants (botany) Aquatic biology
Birds (ornithology) Climate & weather
Insects (entomology) Environmental interpretation
Amphibians & reptiles (herpetology)  

Course 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 


Please contact [email protected].