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.
Get To Know Your Naturalist: Hello! My name is Casey Black. I grew up near San Antonio, Texas and went to school at Texas A&M University until I graduated and began graduate school in Anthropology at the University Wyoming in 2022. I have been living in Laramie for a little over a year now and am enjoying every minute of my time in the West!
The 2023 Annual WNP Meeting was a blast! The event started off Saturday morning with a presentation from the City of Casper about their river restoration project. We then headed out into the field and divided into teams to mark and remove invasive Russian olive trees. After lunch, we met at the Izaak Walton League lodge for advanced training. The first training, by Dr. Brett Addis, covered modeling data in conservation science. The second training was a hands-on herpetology ID lab led by Mason.
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 2024 the basic training will occur from 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 requirements and policies can be found in the Volunteer Handbook.
The 2024 Wyoming Naturalist Program Application is Closed.