Michigan Conservation Stewards Program in Oakland County: Spring 2013 Session scheduled for February 23 to April 29, 2013

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, and Managing Forestlands, Grasslands, Wetlands, and Lake and Stream Ecosystems. 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 program consists of nine evening classes held from 6-9 pm on MONDAY EVENINGS (February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 8, 15, 22, 29 (April 29th session runs from 6-10 pm) at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford. Three ALL-DAY SATURDAY field sessions will be held from 9-4 pm on February 23 at the E.L. Johnson Nature Center, Bloomfield Hills; March 23 at Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake; and April 13 at Independence Oaks County Park, Clarkston.

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

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 at:


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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