Michigan Conservation Stewards Program - Kalamazoo

Date: July 27, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Location: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49009-6309

Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) is 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 Washtenaw County and throughout Michigan. 


The First Class will be held at:

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

More directions are available at: http://naturecenter.org/Home?Directions.aspx 

Program Registration and Fee: $250

*Last day to register is Saturday, September 5, 2015. A full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee will be assessed to those requesting a refund on or after August 21st and up to seven business days prior to the start of class.

To enroll in CSP, please complete the online registration and agreement forms. Payment is required at the time of enrollment. Last day to register online is September 6, 2015.
For registration details please visit the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program

Accommodations: Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information: For more information contact Bindu Bhakta at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 248-858-5198. You can also contact Anna Kornoelje at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at (296) 381-1574 ext: 18.

Class are held: Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

More About the Class:

Becoming A Conservation Steward involves completion of the following:

  1. Classroom and field-based training
    • Training will be led by experts in various fields of conservation and natural resources, including lectures, interactive learning and field experiences.
  2. Self-paced online learning modules

    • Online learning will be provided via Michigan State University’s Desire2Learn (D2L) course management interface which participants will complete on their own.
  3. Volunteer Service

    • This includes 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.

In order to become a Certified Michigan Conservation Steward, participants must attend all classes, indoor and outdoor field experiences, and complete online learning modules. Participants must also complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer conservation service within one year, including hours spent on in-class Capstone Project. Finally, participants must comply with the MSUE Volunteer Agreement and Code of Conduct.