Kathy Lichtendahl, the 2022 Stewardship awardee
Jennie Lawrence the 2022 Sagebrush Sheepmoth awardee.
The 2022 Wyoming Naturalist Program's Stewardship awardee is Kathy Lichtendahl. Kathy hails from Clark, WY, and is a member of the 2021 Wyoming Naturalists cohort. Besides her active participation in the Naturalist Program, Kathy has served as a board member of the WY Outdoor Council, and the Governor’s Taskforce on Migration, and currently serves on boards of the Nature Conservancy, Absaroka Fence Initiative and Shoot Like a Woman. She participates in numerous community science projects, teaches classes about nature, nature photography, nature journaling and writing for both children and adults, and administers multiple social media campaigns for non-profit organizations, including the Wyoming Naturalist Program. In addition, she is the creator and host of the podcast Natural Herstory, which features stories of women’s connections to the natural world.
Sagebrush Sheepmoth awardee is Jennie Lawrence. Jennie lives in Laramie and is a member of the 2022 cohort of WY naturalists. She spent her childhood roaming the foothills north of Boulder, Colorado, where one of her earliest projects was documenting the movements and number of deer in the herds around her childhood home. Jennie received a degree in Agricultural Communications from the University of Wyoming. After a mid-life career change, she obtained another degree in Education from the same institution and a Masters degree from Walden University. Jennie taught high school science in Laramie for many years, and is now retired.
The WNP steering committee nominated Jennie for the Sagebrush Sheepmoth Award for volunteering to serve on the committee. Her input with a participant’s perspective has been helpful as we seek to improve the basic training and contemplate the future of the program. Moreover, this was not a one-time offer—Jennie is now tied to the steering committee for many years to come—in fact, she may never be able to leave.