Bumble Bee Brigade Ambassador Training

Wisconsin bees need you!

A bumble bee hovers over a purple prairie clover flower

Photo Credit © Jay Watson

Master Naturalists are sought after to help develop a network of Bumble Bee Brigade Ambassadors to share knowledge and enthusiasm about bumble bees and other pollinators with others in formal and informal settings on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) – Bumble Bee Brigade. Participants leave this training as graduated “Bumble Bee Brigade Ambassadors” with access to a DNR bumble bee power-points plus other teaching aides and activities, including laminated and printed handouts for presentations. Bumble Bee Brigade Coordinator Elizabeth Braatz will be available virtually to help answer their bee-related questions as they do outreach in the community. There will be future opportunities for participants to reconnect, celebrate the outreach events they have conducted, and discuss best practices.

Description: This one-day training will provide an overview of bumble bee biology, bumble bee identification, how to participate in the Bumble Bee Brigade, and habitat best practices for bumble bees. We will then spend some time in the field, followed by interactive activities that demonstrate example activities that people could do, and give then chances to practice them.The training will be conducted by the DNR Bumble Bee Brigade Coordinator, a DNR Terrestrial Insect Ecologist, and a veteran Bumble Bee Brigade educator.  Master Naturalist participants will receive 6 Advanced Training hours.

Service Commitment: Trained Bumble Bee Brigade Ambassadors must conduct at least two Bumble Bee Brigade surveys, and provide one public outreach event within one year. Examples of outreach events include giving a pollinator talk, leading a pollinator walk, tabling at an event, being a guest speaker at a classroom, nursing home, or club, etc. An outreach event can include groups either identified and forwarded by the DNR Bumble Bee Brigade Program or identified by the participant in their local community (library, school, nature center, state park, scouts, etc.). These events would count toward Master Naturalist volunteer hours.

When:

Friday, June 28, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: 

Wehr Nature Center, Franklin, WI

Fee: $75

You are responsible for your own bagged lunch, transportation and lodging.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program and the DNR believe that finances should not be a barrier to learning. Financial assistance is available during registration for those who indicate the fee is a hardship.

Cancellation Policy: A full refund is provided (less a $25 administrative fee) for any cancellations received before June 18. No refunds will be made after that date. If the training is cancelled due to low enrollment, all registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund.