Wyoming Naturalists put their skills and time to work, making a difference for plants, animals and habitats in Wyoming. To achieve and maintain certification, Wyoming Naturalists are required to contribute 40 hours of service each year, but many Naturalists do more.
To qualify, the service must be
Service must fall into one of the four categories below:
Examples of stewardship include habitat improvement such as fence or weed removal, invasive species inspections, trash removal, and trail maintenance.
Examples of education and outreach include leading interpretative hikes, teaching workshops, and creating educational materials or interpretive displays.
Community scientists help to collect or analyze data on a variety of survey and research projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, amphibian surveys, and Monarch caterpillar monitoring. Since these projects are more open-structured then others, they are subject to a limitation on number of hours counted for service.
These types of projects are ones that directly support the Wyoming Naturalist Program, such as serving as one of the instructors for a topic or helping with behind-the-scenes program management.
To find a volunteer opportunity, visit the volunteer opportunities page. There are many more organizations with volunteer opportunities available that are not included on the list. Contact a member of the WNP steering committee to confirm that the opportunity qualifies for WNP hours. If you know of opportunities that should be included, contact a steering committee member.
If you belong to an organization that could use the service of Wyoming Naturalists, please Partner with Us.
We appreciate the dedication of Wyoming Naturalists to steward the state's natural resources through conservation education and service. Certification and service milestones are recognized each year at the Annual Meeting.
In addition to pins, the Wyoming Naturalists Program recognizes exceptional service with two awards:
This award recognizes a Wyoming Naturalist whose volunteer service has had a real impact on conservation in Wyoming, above and beyond the requirements of the Wyoming Naturalist Program.
The awardee will have provided service that has accomplished one or more of the following:
Wyoming Naturalists are invited to nominate themselves or a colleague by submitting a letter of nomination to Wyoming-Naturalists@uwyo.edu. The letter should include a complete and concise description of the nominee's activities as they relate to the aboove criteria. Nominations are due by August 15.
This award recognizes the exceptional work of a Wyoming Naturalist in support of the Wyoming Naturalist Program. The WNP relies on the efforts of members to maintain, improve and expand the program acrosss our beautiful state.
Wyoming Naturalists are invited to nominate themselves or a colleague by submitting a letter of nomination to Wyoming-Naturalists@uwyo.edu. The letter should include a complete and concise description of the nominee's activities that have resulted in improvement or exansion of the WNP. Nominations are due by August 15.