Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6th and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7th at the Oklahoma Conservation Commission office at 2800 N Lincoln Blvd in Oklahoma City.
The training on Saturday, April 6th 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 3rd. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The training on Sunday, April 7th 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 email@example.com if you have any questions or would to attend this day's training.