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Oklahoma BioDiversity Steward

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Oklahoma BioDiversity Stewards

Our aim: to build a network of stewards dedicated to learning about and working to protect Oklahoma’s natural diversity.  Successful members of the program will become well-informed volunteers who educate others, become community conservation leaders, and participate in continued service for Oklahoma’s natural resources.

A natural resource education and service program for all Oklahomans!

The Oklahoma BioDiversity Steward Program is a science-based education and conservation program that includes hands-on learning, volunteer, and services opportunities.

Participants in the program will gain a broad understanding of the biodiversity in the state and be catalyzed for an action-oriented approach through a variety of formats that fit the schedule and lifestyle of the participant. The program is organized so that participants can complete all the requirements within a year, but there is no time limit and completion is adaptable to the participant’s life.

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Want to learn more about Oklahoma's BioDiversity?

Anyone that has an interest in learning more about Oklahoma’s BioDiversity and helping to protect and conserve that natural diversity. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. The program is flexible with no deadline or required attendance to specific meetings or events. The program has been developed for adults, but we feel it is also suitable for motivated middle and high school students, as well as college students!

 

For children in elementary school and younger, we will suggest starting with the Oklahoma State Parks Passport program or the National Park Service Junior Ranger program.

 

  • Educational packet
  • Field notebook
  • Private Facebook group and group email for communication amongst all the BioDiversity Stewards and Staff
  • Opportunities to meet with other Stewards and Staff online and in-person throughout the year, including monthly Zoom meeting and yearly in-person celebration
  • “BioDiversity Steward in Training” Sticker
  • Personalized Certificate
  • “Certified BioDiversity Steward” Patch
  • Special Celebration with other Stewards and BioBlitz! OK awardees
  • Continued opportunities to learn, volunteer, and socialize with the other Stewards
  • Pride in your knowledge and commitment to Oklahoma’s BioDiversity!
  • Volunteer at least 20 hours per year to biodiversity related service project(s) within Oklahoma
  • Volunteer for at least one educational event (options include, but are not limited to, helping at a Biological Survey event, giving a presentation, leading field trip, recording a webinar or podcast)
  • Complete at least 4 hours of additional biodiversity education per year (options include, but are not limited to, attending technical meetings, watching new webinars, or participating in workshops)

We request a $25 donation when you sign up and when you complete the program.

However, we will not allow fees to be a barrier to participation.  You may pay what you are able.

Questions

Still not sure you want to join?  Just email us and we will answer all your questions about the program.


Certification Requirements

Use iNaturalist to make observations of at least 80 species.

Use eBird to make observations of at least 20 species.

Attend or watch at least six Oklahoma Biological Survey webinars or virtual field trips.

(Recordings are on our YouTube Channel.)

Attend or watch two webinars hosted by other wildlife, conservation, or nature organizations (see list below).

Attend two Oklahoma Biological Survey field days.

Attend two field days or events held by other wildlife, conservation, or nature organizations (see list below).

Volunteer for one service project with the Oklahoma Biological Survey or other organization.
This can be any variety of volunteer opportunities.

Participate in another Community (Citizen) Science Project related to biodiversity.
Suggested projects include, but are not limited to:

Final Project

Project ideas should be submitted before completion to be sure they meet the intended principles of the program.

Choose at least two of the following:

  • Write an article for the blog (500-1000 words)
  • Record a podcast (15-30 minutes)
  • Make a video (15-30 minutes)
  • Create a downloadable biodiversity activity
  • Develop outreach materials to support biodiversity education
  • Take over social media for a week, posting daily about biodiversity topic
  • Organize and lead an educational walk or field trip at a natural area (1-2 hours)
  • Develop a presentation for the Oklahoma BioDiversity Learning Center webinar series (45 minutes)
  • … or a project of your choosing, approved by program staff

Events and volunteer opportuntities will be promoted through the email group and Facebook group.  You should not have any difficulty finding many events that meet the requirements of the program.

Join!

Are you ready to join the BioDiversity Stewards and learn more about Oklahoma's BioDiversity?

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