Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, January 30, 2020 and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday, January 31, 2020 at Oklahoma State University at 164 N Monroe Street in Stillwater, OK.
The first day of training 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 recieve 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.
The second day of training will cover all of the monthly chemical tests conducted by volunteers at their local creek or stream. There will also be a discussion of the test results, 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. 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.
*Refunds will be available until January 23*
**If you miss the sign up, and would still like to participate, tickets will be available for an extra $10.00 charge until January 27 with no refund**
Because of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, the number of participants for this training has been reduced. There will be two concurrent trainings, with 10 people in each room, maintaining proper social distancing, and with plenty of hand sanitzer available. All equipment will be sanitized before use, and all staff will be wearing face masks when not outside.