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Alva Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University 709 Oklahoma Blvd Science Building, Room SC 208 Alva, OK 73717 (map)

Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, October 5 and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday, October 6 at Northwester Oklahoma State University in the Science Building, Room SC 208 in Alva.

The training on Saturday, October 5 will include an introduction to the Blue Thumb program and an overview of various ways you can participate as a Blue Thumb volunteer, with a focus on volunteer education opportunities. You will also get to learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution and other topics through a series of educational activities which you can then use to educate members of your own community. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be included and all participants will receive at WET activity guide at the end of the day. The day will also include a visit to a local creek to discuss the creek's ecology and biology, including getting into the water and looking for bugs and fish. For those interested in monitoring a local creek or stream, you will need to attend this training for the entire duration and also register for the Stream Monitoring Training, scheduled for the next day in the same location. If you are not interested in monitoring but want to be a volunteer educator or learn about other ways to volunteer or just learn about the Blue Thumb program in general, you will only need to attend this one-day training on the 5th. Please contact bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions.

The training on Sunday, October 6 will cover all of the monthly chemical tests conducted by volunteers at their local creek or stream. We will also discuss the test resuls, what they mean and what they reveal about water quality and nonpoint source pollution. The day will include visiting a local creek to perform all of the required stream-side testing procedures and then returning to the indoor location to perform the chemical tests volunteers conduct every month. For new volunteers who have only taken the one-day introduction to Blue Thumb Training, this monitoring training is mandatory before you can begin to monitor your creek. All volunteers who have been trained in the past but would like a refresher course on their chemical tests are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions or would to attend this day's training.

*Refunds will be available until September 28*

**If you miss the sign up, and would still like to participate, tickets will be available for an extra $5.00 charge until October 2nd with no refund**

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free! There will be a short trip to a local creek, but carpooling is encouraged!
What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a lunch, shoes and clothes that can get wet and dirty, and a change of dry clothes and shoes. Waders can be borrowed if you would like to do so.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov
What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered until Septmeber 28.