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The mission of the Wyoming Naturalist Program is to cultivate an educated community of volunteers to deliver environmental education and active stewardship to protect the state’s natural resources.
The program provides education and training to participants in biodiversity, ecology, conservation, management and interpretation, so that they can become leaders in the effort to protect our natural resources and the special places where we live.
The Program partners with many more federal, state and local agencies and NGOs to enhance trainings and bring a diversity of service opportunities to our participants.
The 2021 Class of Wyoming Naturalists
Who can become a Wyoming Naturalist?
Anyone over the age of seventeen can become a Wyoming Naturalist. No previous education or experience is needed—only a willingness to learn and to actively steward the land.
What are the requirements to become a Wyoming Naturalist?
Participants must complete the required basic training and the minimum hours of approved volunteer work during their first year to become a Certified Wyoming Naturalist. Continuing education and volunteer service are required for annual recertification. Training occurs only once a year; in 2022 the basic training will occur February through May. Participants must pass a background check, and will be required to pay a fee to cover the costs of the program. Scholarships may be available. Complete information on the program requiremnts and policies can be found in the Volunteer Handbook.