George Sims, 2006
I retired as city clerk of a small town in northeastern Louisiana in 2006, then moved to twenty acres in the Missouri Ozarks, where I became a Missouri Master Naturalist.George Sims
Over the next six years, I got my 1000-hour milestone and became heavily involved in the Missouri Stream Team Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program, designing a project to monitor every mile of a 42-mile Ozark stream, along with a handful of other MNs. It was a very successful undertaking, and I received the Stream Team Ambassador Award in 2009 and was named Missouri’s Water Conservationist of the Year in 2012.
We then relocated to Lander, Wyoming, at the foot of the Wind River Range of the Rockies, from 2013-2020. Wyoming had no Master Naturalist program, but I attended Central Wyoming College’s Alpine Science Institute and got associate’s degrees in Biology, Anthropology, and Expedition Science. The picture shows me at our “Snow School”, conducting individual environmental research projects on a frozen lake along the Continental Divide (9,500′ elevation) in February 2018.
Moved to Dallas in 2020, where I became a member of the North Texas MN chapter, before moving to Plano in 2021 and transferring membership to the Blackland Prairie chapter last autumn. I was a graduate student at UNT in environmental science from 2020-2022, and I am primarily interested in entomology. I particularly enjoy using the iNaturalist application to learn about the local flora and fauna.