Capital Area

Thank you for your interest in the Michigan State University Extension Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP), an educational program for those who are enthusiastic about learning science-based ecosystem management principles and sharing this knowledge with others to help improve their local communities. Through this program, participants will learn essential strategies to understand and help restore and conserve ecosystems in Michigan communities. 

The Capital Area (Clinton, Eaton, Ingham) cohort will host their weekly evening sessions from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, from Sept. 13 to Nov. 15, 2023. Weekly evening sessions will meet at natural areas across the Capital Area in Lansing, East Lansing, Haslett, Okemos, and Bath Township. Exact locations and speakers are listed below. Although most locations are not easily accessible via public transit, cohort leads will assist in arranging transport/carpooling as needed. Please note, there will not be weekly evening sessions on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, 2023.

The Capital Area cohort's field trip will be on Sept. 30, 2023. 

Capitol Area Schedule 





Sept. 13

Program Orientation; Foundations of Conservation: Ecological Foundations; What is a Natural Community?

Woldumar Nature Center

Rachel Hackett, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Sept. 20

Foundations of Conservation: Society & Conservation

Harris Nature Center

Emma Campbell, Meridian Township

Sept. 27

Aquatic Ecosystems: Lakes

Lake Lansing Sailing Center

Paige Filice and Lois Wolfson (retired), MSU Extension

Sat., Sept 30, 1/2-day field trip starting at 9 a.m.

Field Trip

Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center


Oct. 4

Aquatic Ecosystems: Streams 

MSU Campus - STEM building

Ruth Kline-Robach, MSU

Oct. 11

Aquatic Ecosystems: Wetlands

Bengel Wildlife Center

Drew Monks, Michigan Wildlife Conservancy

Oct. 18

Terrestrial Ecosystems: Forests   

Bengel Wildlife Center

Georgia Peterson, MSU

Oct. 25

Terrestrial Ecosystems: Grasslands 

Woldumar Nature Center

Carolyn Miller, MSU

Nov. 1

No Class



Nov. 8

No Class



Nov. 15

Putting it All Together: Capstone Project Celebration

MSU Campus - STEM building


For cohort and content related questions, please reach out to Georgia Peterson at or Alexa Warwick at

For general questions and registration assistance, please contact Shelby Warner at or 517-884-7076.