Master Woodland Volunteers

After completing the Master Woodland Owner program, participants have the option of continuing on to become Master Woodland Volunteers. Using the same system in which landowners can track their management activities on their own property, Master Woodland Volunteers can track time spent on volunteering, outreach, and continuing education.

What will I do?

Master Woodland Volunteers are private landowners that are champions of Minnesota's woodlands. Your involvement as a Master Woodland Volunteer includes a commitment to be a steward to your own woods, volunteering to assist others in woodland stewardship, and continuing your education as a woodland owner.


If you choose to become a Master Woodland Volunteer, you must first have completed the University of Minnesota Extension’s Master Woodland Owner course (or previously named Woodland Advisor course).


Master Woodland Volunteers are expected to complete the following activities on an annual basis:

  • Ten hours of volunteer/outreach activities per year, 
  • Five hours of continuing education, and 
  • Identify a specific stewardship project for your woodland that can be carried out in a year. Identify your goals and benchmarks of success with the project.



  • Volunteers will commit to accomplishing each of the program requirements on an annual basis.
  • Volunteers will report their accomplishments through an online system.
  • Volunteers will have a working email address and stay in communication with UMN Extension Forestry instructors.


Why be a Master Woodland Volunteer?

  • You’ll join a community of private woodland owners just like you.
  • You’ll be recognized as a Master Woodland Volunteer at UMN Extension Forestry events.
  • You’ll contribute to keeping Minnesota’s woodlands healthy for future generations.


Volunteer opportunities

What volunteer work looks like can vary widely from person to person, and across the state. Generally speaking, as long as it is something that promotes the sustainability of Minnesota's forests, it will count.

Looking for a place to start? 

You may also find opportunities with your local nature center, elementary school, or just across your fence—reaching out to neighbors about sustainable management is a great way to volunteer your time and help Minnesota's forests!.


Master Woodland Volunteer Handbook

Questions on the Master Woodland Volunteer Program? Contact Matt Russell at or 612-626-4280.


Volunteer bud capping in the forest