Can the Conservation Stewards Program Help You Put the “Manage” Back in Land and Water Management?

Date: March 19, 2016
Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: MacCready Reserve 9243 Skiff Lake Rd, Clarklake, MI 49234
Contact: Monica Day, daymon@anr.msu.edu, 517-604-9500

The Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) is an acclaimed volunteer development program for the general public to receive a 100-level college equivalent in ecology. Proponents have said that the program provides the training needed to quickly advance the capacity of volunteers. Until recently, the program has only been available in Kalamazoo, Oakland and Washtenaw Counties. In 2015, through collaboration and partnership, the program successfully piloted a new approach. By partnering in the delivery locally and offering content online, the program can focus in-person learning on field experiences.

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) can offer CSP in other locations with the help of a local planning team. The intent of this event is to provide potential planning team members with background information about CSP so that they may evaluate if CSP is right for their community. Key partners for the planning team may include parks, nature centers, nonprofit organizations, conservancies, and conservation districts. Once assembled the planning team will work with MSUE to develop the local CSP program in 2017 or beyond.

Cost: Free (A $5 donation is suggested at the door)

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