WI Master Naturalist Volunteers are often needed to assist with environmental education and interpretation activities offered by our Host Organizations (such as environmental education centers, schools, museums, and zoos). Volunteers might:

  • Assist with with an activity for K-12 students at a school, on site, or in the field.
  • Create interpretive signs for a new trail system.
  • Design a new exhibit for visitors to learn from and enjoy.
  • Lead a nature walk.

There is no limit to the possible education or interpretation activities, indoor or out, in which volunteers might serve. Check the WI Master Naturalist Volunteer Opportunities to learn more about the types of assistance needed by organizations in your area.

There are a variety of definitions for environmental interpretation, each with merit and none that really does the full job of defining the term. Quite simply, interpretation is an approach to communication. Like its counterpart, interpreting languages, environmental interpretation is able to translate the language of nature and the voices of history into stories and experiences everyone can enjoy. It is a communication process that involves visitors and provokes them to appreciate or to learn more about the object or site that is being interpreted.  ♦ Interpretive Master Plan, Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway