Since our founding, the Wyoming Outdoor Council has worked with citizens to address the toughest environmental challenges facing our state. Our strength is in our collective voices, our commitment to finding common-sense, workable solutions, and celebrating what unites us: our vast public lands, abundant wildlife, clear air and water, and small town quality of life.
One of the most important roles we play is to empower citizens to become informed and effective leaders. We provide training and the resources citizens need to participate meaningfully in decisions that matter to them.
Under the banner of FIELD, we invite you to join us. There are a variety of ways you can become part of our active and engaged Wyoming conservation community. We look forward to working with you.
Our flagship training program is designed to help Wyoming community members become more effective citizen conservation leaders. Through a combination group discussions, classroom instruction, guest speaker panels, hands-on projects and Wyoming case studies, this program aims to demystify advocacy and government for participants, giving them the tools, insight, and access to a variety of Wyoming expertise to help them grow as grassroots leaders. Course participants will leave not only with a diverse set of skills and experiences, but with deeper connections to their local and statewide communities.
The 2020 FIELD Training class is hard at work already. Meet the newest cohort—who come from all across the state—below, and stay tuned for more about their community projects as they develop.
Calla Canaday, Lusk
Sue Consolo-Murphy, Wapiti
McKay Fleck, Buffalo
Mike Froehly, Lander
Terry Harper, Cheyenne
Catherine Mitkovska, Alpine
Jocelyn Moore, Pinedale
Justin Forrest Parks, Lander
Lucille Rice, Wilson
Antonio Serrano, Cheyenne
Yufna Soldier Wolf, St. Stephens
Gage Williams, Casper
Interested in getting hands-on with the ins and outs of the Wyoming legislature? Join the Outdoor Council’s full-time legislative advocacy staff for a week in Cheyenne, where you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of policymaking, help track and research bills, and gain practical experience learning to lobby for conservation values. For more information, click here.
Law student internships
Each year we seek motivated, adaptive legal interns who are passionate about protecting Wyoming’s public lands, wildlife, clean air and water to help us analyze legal and policy issues, draft memoranda, and assist with public comments on land use plans, oil and gas lease sales, and proposed projects on public lands. Applicable practice areas include natural resources, environmental, and energy law. For more information, email John Rader.
*COMING SOON!* Volunteer opportunities
Beers & Bills
Curious about how the state legislature works and how you can effectively advocate for conservation? Join us for our Beers & Bills events, where we discuss emerging legislative issues and bills, answer questions, and discuss the past, present, and future of Wyoming politics!
Our last Beers & Bills was Friday, April 10. Stay tuned for more as we head into the interim.
Surf the Green Wave
Every spring, migrating Wyoming big game herds follow the “wave” of greening vegetation from their winter range up to their summer range. Watch the schedule for interactive “surf the green wave” events, where we’ll share some exciting discoveries from cutting edge science, discuss emerging threats to migration corridor habitat, and give you the tools to be informed and engaged on migration policy.
Brown Bag Lunches
When it comes to conservation policy at the local, state, and national level, we want to make sure that you have the tools you need to comment, testify, and engage successfully. Watch out for invitations to “brown bag” lunches ahead of important community meetings, where we’ll discuss emerging land management and policy issues and the nuts and bolts of how to make a strong comment.
*COMING SOON* Red Desert Letter Writing Parties
One of our most important jobs is making sure that public lands are managed with transparency and an openness to public feedback. Join us for (online) postcard writing parties as we give you tips for sending messages to the BLM about protecting the unique values of the Red Desert! MORE DETAILS TO COME.
Live conversations with experts
Parents and kids: Join the Outdoor Council and a rotating cast of experts for scientific, creative, and skill-based lessons! We’ll cover topics like wildlife migration, wildlife disease, clean water, climate change, and the unique history and geology of some of Wyoming’s most iconic landscapes — plus talk fishing, filmmaking, and fun along the way. Lessons geared for both older and younger K-12 audiences, respectively.
Stay tuned for more Live from the FIELD events in early June. If you couldn’t attend our previous sessions about mule deer, migration corridors, water quality, and/or wildlife disease, head on over to our YouTube channel to check them out at your convenience.