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Northern Naturalist Certificate

Water, shoreline, woods, rolling landscape, dunes, plentiful trees, birds, wildflowers, and wildlife are part of what makes this “up north” region so remarkable.

Take your interest and engagement to a new level by earning a continuing education certificate, the Northern Michigan Naturalist. Whether you want to increase your knowledge for personal enjoyment or possible volunteer work or employment, the Naturalist program provides classroom and hands-on encounters with the natural environment.

Use the links to the left or below for more information.

Certificate Requirements »

  • minimum of 8 courses designated from the Naturalist category
  • minimum of 65 classroom/field-trip hours
  • of the 65 required hours, at least 10 hours should involve field experience
    (classes that include field trips, hikes, etc.)

Qualifying courses »

Different courses are offered each term. Courses are offered on a schedule so that the program can be completed in two years (likely sooner, if desired). Click here for upcoming courses »

Enrollment and costs

It's easy and free to enroll; simply indicate your interest by filling out and sending in a brief enrollment form (PDF) »

Once enrolled, records will be kept for each certificate course you complete, and we'll help you follow your progress through the program.

Cost of the program varys according to the number and cost of the selected courses. Most courses range from $49 to $125. Payment is made at the time of registration for each course.


The instructors are experienced academic and area professionals with backgrounds in science, education, and the environment. Class time includes instruction and active learning; many include field trips.

For more information

If you have questions about the certificate program, or would like help choosing your course plan, contact the Extended Education office at (231) 995-1700 or

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