Washtenaw County

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 Washtenaw County cohort will host their weekly evening sessions from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, from Sept. 13 to Nov. 15, 2023. Weekly evening sessions will meet throughout Washtenaw county. Exact locations and speakers will be announced once available. Please note, there will not be weekly evening sessions on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, 2023.

The Washtenaw County cohort's field trips will be on Oct. 7 and Oct. 21, 2023. 

Washtenaw County Schedule 





Sept. 13

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

Matthaei Botanical Gardens 

Sheila Schueller 

Sept. 20

Foundations of Conservation: Society & Conservation

Waterloo Farm Museum and Malan Waterfowl Production Area  

Waterloo Farm Museum Staff Member 

Sept. 27

Aquatic Ecosystems: Lakes

Sharon Mills and Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve


Oct. 4

Aquatic Ecosystems: Streams 


Catherine Riseng

Sat., Oct. 7

Aquatic Field Day

Independence Lake County Park 

Erick and Ashley Elgin

Oct. 11

Aquatic Ecosystems: Wetlands

Mary Beth Doyle Park & County Farm Park


Oct. 18

Terrestrial Ecosystems: Forests   



Sat., Oct. 21

Terrestrial Field Day



Oct. 25

Terrestrial Ecosystems: Grasslands 

Independence Lake 


Nov. 1

No Class



Nov. 8

No Class



Nov. 15

Putting it All Together: Capstone Project Celebration

Montibeller Park 


For cohort and content related questions, please reach out to Jason Frenzel at jfrenzel@hrwc.org.

For general questions and registration assistance, please contact Shelby Warner at warner80@msu.edu or 517-884-7076.