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 2021 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.
Topic 1 and Speaker
Topic 2 and Speaker
Introductions - WNP Organizers: Audubon Rockies, UW Biodiversity Institute, UW Extension, WGFD, Wyoming State Parks, VolunteerWyoming
Nature Journaling - Alexandria Pawlow: UW Biodiversity Institute
Botany Pt 1 - Dr. Dorothy Tuthill: UW Biodiversity Institute
Botany Pt 2- Dr. Dorothy Tuthill: UW Biodiversity Institute
Interpretation - Megan Lineweaver: UW Student
History of Nat. History – Dr. Merav Ben-David: UW Dept. of Zoology and Physiology
Ecology – Dr. Merav Ben-David: UW Dept. of Zoology and Physiology
Forestry - Tara Costanzo: Wyoming State Forestry
Herpetology - Mason Lee: UW Biodiversity Institute
Aquatic Ecosystems – Dr. Bryan Maitland:
Invasive plants – Brian Sebade: UW Extension
Entomology - Scott Schell: UW Extension
Birds - Zach Hutchinson: Audubon Rockies
Crayfish – Dr. Annika Walters: Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Mammals - Rhiannon Jakopak: UW Student
Geology - Melissa Connely: Tate Museum
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.