Michigan Conservation Stewards Program

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) offers Michigan Conservation Stewards Program in Oakland County. The FALL 2012 session is scheduled for September 8 to November 10, 2012.

Are you looking for a great opportunity to learn about conservation and natural science and assume critical leadership roles through volunteering your time, knowledge, and skills in conservation management in your community? Individuals who take part in the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) can learn how to effectively take part in informed, scientifically based conservation and resource management and work to sustain healthy ecosystems across Michigan.
MSUE and its partners are offering this volunteer training and leadership program designed for individuals who are interested in natural resource conservation and ecosystem management, natural history, outdoor recreation, natural areas, the region’s environmental issues and challenges, and strategies to help restore and conserve ecosystems in Oakland County.
Topics include:
·         Conservation Heritage
·         Ecological Foundations
·         Making Choices to Manage Natural Resources
·         Emerging Ecosystem Issues
·         Managing Forestlands, Grasslands, Wetlands
·         Lake and Stream Ecosystems and Management
There will also be a volunteer expo highlighting conservation opportunities available in southeastern Michigan. The series of classes, led by experts in various fields of conservation and natural resources, will include lectures, interactive learning and field experiences.
This intensive 10 week program consists of eight Wednesday evening classes (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.), one Tuesday evening class (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.), and three Saturday field sessions (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) beginning September 12, 2012 and continuing through November 10, 2012. Evening sessions are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building (41W) Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford. Saturday sessions will be held at the E.L. Johnson Nature Center, Bloomfield Hills (September 8); Independence Oaks County Park, Clarkston (October 6); and Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake (November 10).
Three Saturday field sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at E.L. Johnson Nature Center (Bloomfield Hills), Independence Oaks County Park (Clarkston), and Indian Springs Metropark (White Lake).
Early registration fee is $275/participant if application packet and payment are received on or before Friday, August 10, 2012. Late Registration fee is $300/participant if application packet and payment are received on or after Saturday, August 11, 2012. Deadline to register is Friday, August 31, 2012. Space is limited. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Limited scholarships may be available.   
Program partners include ITC Transmission, Michigan State University, the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services, Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, and Clinton River Watershed Council.
Become part of the network of dedicated, well-prepared volunteer Conservation Stewards who understand, actively contribute to or lead significant conservation management activities on public and private lands!
Obtain a brochure and an application packet online here or call (248) 858-0887 to request registration materials by mail. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, August 31, 2012. Please call (248) 858-0887 for more information.