Jennifer Jackson

Jennifer Jackson

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking individuals and organizations who wish to participate in its popular Idaho Master Naturalist program dedicated to connecting specially trained volunteers (citizen scientists) to natural resource projects with state and federal agencies, wildlife conservation groups and other natural resource conservation organizations.

The public is invited to an open house social being hosted by Idaho Fish and Game and Zoo Idaho in Pocatello. The open house is scheduled for March 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Zoo Idaho Administration and Education Building at 3101 Avenue of the Chiefs in Pocatello. Light refreshments will be served.

The intent of this event is to not only share information about the Idaho Master Naturalist program, but to measure community interest in forming a new Southeast Idaho chapter of Master Naturalists and forming partnerships with community organizations/agencies/institutions whose programs would benefit from the implementation of citizen science/natural resource-trained volunteers.

An Idaho Master Naturalist is a person who enjoys nature, outdoor recreation, supporting conservation and is interested in continually learning more about the natural world around them. It is someone who also channels their skills, interest and energy to volunteer at nature centers, help biologists collect data, monitor wildlife, assist at parks and natural areas, help with fishing or hunting clinics, teach youth or contribute to many other conservation and education efforts. An Idaho Master Naturalist can be a teacher, farmer, hunter, angler, birdwatcher, retired professional, homemaker — perhaps you!

To earn the title of Idaho Master Naturalist, an individual completes 40 hours of hands-on training in areas focused on Idaho’s ecology, plants, animals and natural systems taught by experts in their fields. You don’t need to have an education or background in science, just the desire to learn and the enthusiasm to share what you have learned.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Naturalist, but cannot attend the open house, contact Tessa Atwood with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-251-6510 or via email at tessa.atwood@idfg.idaho.gov.

Any group, agency or organization that would like to utilize Master Naturalists for projects, field work or outreach, or that would like to participate in the open house as a means for sharing their volunteer needs should contact Tessa Atwood to get more information or to reserve a space at the event.

Another source of information about the Master Naturalist Program can be found at the following link https://idfg.idaho.gov/volunteer/master-naturalist.

Jennifer Jackson is the Regional Conservation Educator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Southeast Region.