Indiana Master Naturalist

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 field. A few may lead class outdoors- time and weather permitting.  Upon completion of the ten week course, students are required to volunteer 30 hours to become certified Indiana Master Naturalists through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Click here for more information about IMN.

The Indiana Master Naturalist program will run Thursdays beginning March 1, from 9am to noon. This program is offered to anyone over the age of 18 and costs $100.

Spring 2018 Indiana Master Naturalist Program Registration


Date Class Topic
3/01/2018 Introduction and People and Natural Resources
3/08/2018 Water Ecology
3/15/2018 Amphibians
3/22/2018 Spring Ephemerals
4/05/2018 Botany of Trees
4/12/2018 Wildlife in your Backyard
4/19/2018 Ornithology
4/26/2018 Geology
5/03/2018 Macroinvertebrates
5/10/2018 Final Exam


For more information, please contact Ellen Kapitan at or at (219) 742-8147. Completed registration forms may be mailed in to 71 N 500 W, Valparaiso, IN 46385 or faxed to (219)462-0848. Payments can be made online by clicking here, or by check payable to Gabis Arboretum.