Naturalists-in-training will receive on-line instruction on natural history topics including botany, entomology, herpetology, and ecology of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of Wyoming, as well as nature journaling, and outdoor education and interpretation. Classes will be taught by professionals from Audubon Rockies, University of Wyoming and elsewhere.
Classes will meet on Wednesday evenings, over 16 weeks, for one or two hours (see schedule below), and starting at 6 pm. Participants are expected to attend all classes, and to complete additional assignments between meetings. The final, in-person field experience is scheduled for May 21 & 22, 2022, location to be decided. Attendance is required to complete the basic training course. Participants must also complete and pass all assignments and assessments. Details are available in the Volunteer Handbook and Policy Guidelines.
Participants should also plan to attend the Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 24, to honor the service of Wyoming Naturalists. Location of the 2022 meeting is yet to be determined.
The fee is $175. Scholarships are available; for information contact Wyoming-Naturalists@uwyo.edu.
All classes begin at 6 pm, Mountain Time.
|Date||Topic 1 and Speaker||Topic 2 and Speaker||Time (hrs)|
|2-Feb-2022||Introductions - WNP Organizers: Audubon Rockies, UW Biodiversity Institute, UW Extension, WGFD, Wyoming State Parks, VolunteerWyoming||Nature Journaling - Kathy Lichtendahl, Conservation Storyteller||2|
|16-Feb-2022||Geology - Melissa Connely, Geological Consultant||Botany - Dr. Dorothy Tuthill, UW Biodiversity Institute||2|
|2-Mar-2022||Interpretation - Linley Mayer, Wyoming State Parks||History of Nat. History – Dr. Merav Ben-David, UW Dept. of Zoology and Physiology||2|
|16-Mar-2022||Native Fish and Mussels - Stephen Siddons, Wyoming Game and Fish Department||Aquatic Invasive Species - Eric Hansen & Stephanie Estell, Wyoming Game and Fish Department||2|
|30-Mar-2022||Mammals - Rhiannon Jakopak, UW Haub School||Ecology - Dr. Merav Ben-David, UW Dept. of Zoology and Physiology||2|
|13-Apr-2022||Invasive plants – Brian Sebade, UW Extension||Entomology - Scott Schell, UW Extension||2|
|27-Apr-2022||Birds - Zach Hutchinson: Audubon Rockies||Forestry - Tara Costanzo, Wyoming State Forestry Division||2|
|11-May-2022||Herpetology - Mason Lee, UW Biodiversity Institute||Mycology - Dr. Dorothy Tuthill, UW Biodiversity Institute||2|
To maintain annual certification, Naturalists must complete eight hours of advanced training and 40 hours of volunteer service each year. 2022 advanced training options will be posted soon!
Plan to attend the Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 24, 2022, to honor the service of Wyoming Naturalists. Location of the 2022 meeting is yet to be determined.