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Network of Centers Program

Washington NatureMapping Centers
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What is a NatureMapping Center?

  • Facilitates NatureMapping training to the local community
  • Supports their local community in field research projects
  • Provides project data to the NatureMapping Program for statewide analyses

Description and Criteria

There are three types of Centers recognized and supported by the NatureMapping Program:


  1. Meets all 12 criteria listed below
  2. Capable of supporting multiple research projects or projects over a wide geographic area (e.g., a regional initiative)
  3. Capable of supporting Certified and Registered Centers in their area through
    1. In-kind support of their staff
    2. Accessing data submitted to NatureMapping, and either conducting data analyses through the generation of maps and reports or contracting with the NatureMapping Foundation to do so.
  4. Regional Centers can also be organizations with statewide staff, offices or influence such as state/federal agencies or universities.

Certified Center

  1. Meets all 12 criteria listed below.

Registered Center

  1. Meets 8 out of the 12 criteria listed below (#1-6, #9, #11)
  2. Primarily focused on NatureMapping workshops, long-term NatureMapping monitoring and at least one field project
  3. Has an agreement with a Regional and/or Certified Center to conduct NatureMapping projects, download and analyze submitted data to the Program, and fundraise for a field project.

NatureMapping Centers Criteria:

  1. A self-identified interest in NatureMapping (i.e., fits into their mission statement)
  2. Existing natural resource programs in place, with a clientele of citizen participants
  3. Dedicated Center staff available to be trained as NatureMapping facilitators
  4. Expertise in field-based science/STEM (e.g., Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  5. Dedicated to manage or participate in coordination of NatureMapping projects
  6. Conduct NatureMapping workshops
  7. Develop or have developed a network of partners to conduct various field research projects
  8. Have a suitable physical place to convene and serve as a center of public operations
  9. A defined geographical area in which to conduct long-term NatureMapping monitoring
  10. Have the capacity to acquire funds for additional projects and the availability of outside support
  11. Ability to edit data for accuracy before submission
  12. Ability to use data submitted to NatureMapping to create maps and reports for local constituents

NatureMapping Certification Process:

The certification process is listed below. Please note that if a Center being certified is in a state without a statewide program, then costs for visiting NatureMapping staff should be included in the Center’s budget.

  1. First and foremost is the need to attend a workshop provided by a certified NatureMapping facilitator.
  2. If you plan on facilitating NatureMapping workshops, it is important to identify a partner that will assist you in facilitating your own workshops.
  3. Once you and your partner attended a workshop, you’ll need to alert the NatureMapping staff when you begin planning your initial workshop.
  4. The planning process (i.e., a meeting with NatureMapping staff) will guide the development of an agenda that is appropriate for your anticipated audiences, and link you with the necessary and most up-to-date workshop materials (e.g., handouts, Powerpoint presentations, maps, etc.)
  5. The NatureMapping Program will advertise the workshop on its website, unless of course, it is a “closed” workshop for a specific group.
  6. You and a partner will then run a workshop with the NatureMapping staff in attendance in order to review the workshop.
  7. The post-workshop review will provide an evaluation of the workshop, which will include the delivery of materials, content and presentation.
  8. There will be an annual summit in which all facilitators will convene in order to share their experiences and find program updates.

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