Winter/Spring 2013 Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, Oakland County

Date: February 23, 2013 - April 29, 2013
Location: 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328; Saturday sessions in various locations in Oakland County
Contact: Linda Smith, smithlin@oakgov.com; or bhaktabi@anr.msu.edu, 248-858-0887

The Conservation Stewards Program is an opportunity to learn about conservation & natural science and assume critical leadership roles through volunteering time, knowledge, and skills in community conservation management. Individuals learn how to take part in informed, scientifically based conservation & resource management and work to sustain healthy ecosystems across Michigan.

Topics include:

  • Conservation Heritage
  • Ecological Foundations
  • Making Choices to Manage Natural Resources
  • Emerging Ecosystem Issues
  • Managing Forestlands, Grasslands, Wetlands, and Lake and Stream Ecosystems

There will also be a volunteer expo highlighting conservation opportunities available in southeastern Michigan.

Click here to view an informational brochure about the Conservation Stewards Program

The series of classes, led by experts in various fields of conservation and natural resources, will include lectures, interactive learning and field experiences. 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.

This intensive program consists of nine evening classes held every Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 25, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 8, April 15, April 22, and April 29 (April 29 session runs from 6 to 10 p.m.) at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford.

Three ALL-DAY SATURDAY field sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the E.L. Johnson Nature Center, 3325 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills, 48302; March 23 at Indian Springs Metropark, Environmental Discovery Center, 5175 Indian Trails, White Lake, 48386; and April 20 at Independence Oaks County Park, Wint Nature Center, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, 48348.

Early Registration fee is $275 per participant if application packet and payment are received on or before February 1, 2013. Late Registration fee is $300 per participant if application packet and payment are received on or after February 2, 2013.

Deadline to register is February 15, 2013. 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, E.L. Johnson Nature Center, and Clinton River Watershed Council.

Click here to view the application packet or call 248-858-0887 to request registration materials by mail. The deadline to submit applications is February 15, 2013. Please call 248-858-0887 for more information.

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