Michigan Conservation Stewards Program - Kalamazoo

Date: September 8, 2016 - October 20, 2016
Time: Thursday Evenings from 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Kalamazoo Nature Center 7000 N. Westnedge Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49009-6309
Contact: Anna Kornoelje at 269-381-1574 ext. 18 or akornoelje@naturecenter.org or Misty Klotz at 269-671-2263 or klotzmis@msu.edu

Thank you for your interest in the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP), a volunteer leader training program for those who are enthusiastic about learning science-based ecosystem management principles and sharing this knowledge with others to help improve Michigan communities. CSP is ideal for individuals interested in Michigan’s natural communities, current conservation issues, outdoor recreation, nature study, natural area management, and a variety of other topics such as lake/stream monitoring and habitat restoration. Through participation in this program, you will learn essential strategies to help restore and conserve ecosystems in Kalamazoo County and throughout Michigan.

Becoming a Conservation Steward involves the completion of the following: 1. Classroom and field-based training led by experts in various fields of conservation and natural resources, including lectures, interactive learning and field experiences; 2. Self-paced online learning modules provided via Michigan State University’s Desire2Learn (D2L) course management interface which  participants will complete on their own; and 3. Volunteer service including the completion of an in-class Capstone Project related to an area of interest as well as additional community volunteer service related to restoring and conserving Michigan’s ecosystems.

Program partners for the Kalamazoo Conservation Stewards Program include Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station and Kalamazoo Nature Center.

The first class will take place at:

Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N. Westnedge Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI  49009-6309
Telephone: 269-381-1574

More directions available at: http://www.naturecenter.org/Home/PlanYourVisit/Directions.aspx

2016 CSP Kalamazoo consists of approximately 40 hours of instruction:

  • Seven in-person sessions (18 hours of instruction) will be held on THURSDAY EVENINGS from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC). The 2016 dates are:

    • September 8: Program Overview & Michigan Conservation Heritage
    • September 15: Ecological Foundations and Ecoregions
    • September 22: Terrestrial Ecosystems
    • September 29: Invasive Species/Climate Change
    • October 6: Aquatic Ecosystems
    • October 13: Invasive Species/Climate Change
    • October 20: Capstone Project Presentations/Graduation


  • Two FULL-DAY SATURDAY FIELD SESSIONS (14 hours of instruction). The 2016 dates/locations are:
  • Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Terrestrial Field Experience at KNC in Kalamazoo, MI.
  • Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Aquatic Field Experience at Kellogg Forest in Augusta, MI.
  • Five SELF-PACED ONLINE LEARNING MODULES will cover the following content: (1) Michigan’s Unique Conservation Heritage & Making Choices for Natural Resources Management; (2) Ecology 101; (3) Forests and Forest Ecosystems and Management 101; (4) Introduction to Lakes and Wetland Ecosystems & Management; and (5) Invasive Species/Climate Change. (approximately 10 hours)

To become a certified Michigan Conservation Steward, participants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Attend all classes (indoor and outdoor field experiences) and complete online learning modules
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer conservation service within one year (including hours spent on in-class Capstone Project)
  • Comply with the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program Volunteer Agreement and Code of Conduct.

To maintain your certification, Michigan Conservation Stewards must complete the following annually:

  • 20 hours of volunteer conservation service on approved projects
  • 8 hours of advanced training
  • Comply with the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program Manual of Policies and Procedures and the MSU Extension Volunteer Agreement and Code of Conduct

Program Registration Fee: $250. Last date to register is Aug. 26, 2016. A full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee will be assessed to those requesting a refund on or after August 19 and up to seven business days prior to the start of class.

Scholarships: Not available for the 2016 Kalamazoo Program

For complete registration details please visit the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program page.           

Enrollment: To enroll in CSP, please complete the online registration and agreement forms. Payment is required at the time of enrollment.


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