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Nebraska Master Naturalist is a statewide volunteer conservation program.  Our program recruits, trains, manages, and provides resources for our volunteer naturalist members.

We use four strategies to meet Nebraska’s conservation needs, Habit Stewardship, Community Science, Environmental Education & Interpretation, and Outdoor Recreation & Skills. 

This free webinar series will host a variety of presenters and subject matter within these four conservation strategies. Master Naturalist Mondays is a space to connect us to our conservation motivations and inspirations, and our naturalist community across the state of Nebraska. 

For questions regarding this free virtual series contact Jamie Bachmann,

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Monthly on Mondays 12:30pm-1:30pm CST

All webinars will be recorded and found HERE.


January 22nd, 2024 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST) Register HERE

New Beginnings

Description: Let's start off 2024 with a program update and meet & greet with your new state coordinator. 

Presenter: Jamie Bachmann, Nebraska Master Naturalist Program, State Coordinator

February 26th, 2024 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST) Register HERE

Remembering Our Nature: Rebuilding Connections to Heal the Land

As naturalists and conservationists, we regularly form connections with the land and the creatures who live there. Unfortunately, too many humans have lost those relationships - with dire consequences for our own well-being and that of our planet. How can we, as educators, think about healing these broken connections? In this talk, we will explore what’s possible when we, and those we serve, come home to ourselves in nature. To prepare, please bring a natural item (e.g., leaf, pinecone, feather, houseplant).

Presenter: Melissa Breazile, Founder and Guide- Wild Tree Collaborative, LLC

Presenter Bio: Melissa Breazile is the founder of Wild Tree Collaborative, where she facilitates nature-based experiences to help adults and youth find connection with themselves and with nature. Based in Omaha, NE, Melissa is a Kripalu Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide and a Nebraska Master Naturalist, with a background in nonprofit communications and public policy work. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, trying new food, and saying hi to all the trees.

March 25th, 2024 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST) Register HERE  

Unlawning Suburbia

A crash course in why and how to convert from lawn to designed meadow gardens, including plant research, installation, and management.

Presenter: Benjamin Vogt, Design & Author- Monarch Gardens LLC

Presenter Bio: Benjamin Vogt is owner of the design firm Monarch Gardens and author of two books: A New Garden Ethic and Prairie Up. His work has appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Dwell, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Midwest Living, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. 

Milk the Weed --

April 22nd, 2024 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST) Register Here    

Framing Nature: Education through Photography

Humans are inherently visual creatures and the media-rich world that we currently live in amplifies our need for visual stimuli. This presentation will dive into why visual aids are important, how they can be used to educate the public, and why photography is a powerful teaching tool.

Presenter: Brianna Nugent, Administrative Technician/Environmental Educator- Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Master Naturalist

Presenter Bio: I was Active Duty for 7 years and served 5 years in the Nebraska Air National Guard. While I was finishing my Bachelor’s in Environmental Science in 2021 I also became certified as a Nebraska Master Naturalist.     I am now working with the incredible NGPC Fish and Wildlife Education Division and I have the NMN Program to thank for that!    Photography has always been a passion of mine and I recently discovered the small world of macrophotography.

May 20th, 2024 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST) Register Here  

Low-tech Process Based Restoration in Nebraska

LTPBR as a method for stream restoration is rapidly gaining momentum in the states to the west of us. While most people's minds jump straight to beaver dam analogs, these are only one tool in the chest. Tune in for a run down on Nebraska's unique stream resources, the challenges they face, and some discussion on where LTPBR might be an applicable solution.

Presenter: Cassidy Wessel, Wildlife Biologist- Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Presenter Bio: Cassidy grew up on the Loup and Platte Rivers by Columbus, and received a degree in biology and environmental science from Wayne State. She worked as a Farm Bill Biologist in a partnership role with Pheasants Forever, NGPC and NRCS from 2010-2016, and has been with NGPC since 2016. Both roles are private lands work, where biologists spend their days helping landowners find ways to put habitat on the ground, often through identifying the shared goals of agriculture and wildlife conservation. 

June 24th, 202412:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST) Register Here

An exploration of the history of fire in the Great Plains and why and how it's currently used in Nebraska.

Presenter: Ashley Yost, Prescribed Fire Specialist, Nebraska Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever

Presenter Bio: Ashley Yost grew up in Iowa, but has been working in conservation in Nebraska for four years. She's passionate about assisting landowners in implementing prescribed fire and helping them meet their land management goals. In her free-time, Ashley likes to fish, read, and go on hikes with her husband and two dogs.

July 22nd, 2024 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST) Register Here

Burrowing Owls: Getting to Know the Critter on the Nebraska Master Naturalist Logo

The Burrowing Owl is one of the most charming bird species in Nebraska (and probably the world). Unfortunately, it is a species of conservation concern throughout much of its range. In this presentation, Jason will discuss the life history of Burrowing Owls, provide some tips for finding and observing them, and suggest some possible ways to benefit them based on research.

Presenter: Jason Thiele, Wildlife Biologist- Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Presenter Bio: Jason Thiele is a wildlife biologist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission whose main focus is wildlife conservation on private lands in Northeast Nebraska. His favorite bird is the Burrowing Owl, and his second-favorite is the Long-billed Curlew (in case you were wondering). Jason lives near Norfolk with his wife and four sons.

August 19th, 2024 I 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST)

Katie Lamke, Conservation Biologist- Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

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September 16th, 2024 I 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST)

Alie Mayes, Community Science Education Specialist- Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

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October 21st, 2024- TBA

November 18th, 2024- TBA

December 16th, 2024 I 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CST)

Hanna Barnes, Project Biologist- Northern Prairies Land Trust

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