After taking the Wenatchee Naturalist 12-week course, many of the students volunteer in support of local conservation supporting education, stewardship, or citizen science.
Types of Volunteer Service
Each person can choose the type of service that best fits their interests, abilities, and time constraints. During the course, students will be introduced to regional conservation organizations that welcome volunteers. There are six basic areas of service:
- Board Service for a conservation non-profit organization including service as a director or committee member.
- Stewardship of the Land Projects— Natural resource management activities, such as invasive species removal or restoration projects, as a volunteer for a local conservation non-profit or agency.
- Place-based Education Projects—Volunteer teachers for local outdoor or museum education projects for school children, preparing educational materials, or leading hikes.
- Citizen Science Projects— Volunteers gathering data and returning it via the internet to support research projects. Options include national or locally run projects which will all be introduced during the course.
- Wenatchee Naturalist Program Support— Volunteers assist with website, provide photographs, develop curriculum materials, or assist with program activities
- K-12 Teachers, applying naturalists skills within their classroom.
Annually, service pins are presented to volunteers who complete 20+ hours of service.
Silver and Gold pins are additionally awarded to volunteers who complete 50+ or 100+ service hours within two years of course completion.
Since 2012, 150 Wenatchee Naturalists have reported over 7000 hours of volunteer service in support of conservation . Click to see the chart – Total Volunteer Hours 2012-2016