The mission of the Wyoming Naturalist Program is to cultivate a community of volunteers to steward the state's natural resources through conservation education and service.
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.
Spend time in your favorite places watching birds–then tell us about them! In as little as 15 minutes notice the birds around you. Identify them, count them, and submit them to help scientists better un-derstand and protect birds around the world. Join this global effort on February 17-20, 2023.
We hope that you all were able to get out and enjoy the long and lovely fall this year. Even in the southeast corner of the state we were able to enjoy the colorful leaves for a couple of weeks before they all blew off! It was amazing!
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.
Please note: The application period for the 2023 cohort is closed
If you would like to be notified when the application period opens for the next session, click on the link below and fill out the form and we will let you know when the application period reopens.