Wayne 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 Wayne County cohort will host their weekly evening sessions from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays, from Sept. 14 to Nov. 16, 2023. Weekly evening sessions will meet throughout Wayne county. Exact locations and speakers will be announced once available. Please note, there will not be weekly evening sessions on Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, 2023.

The Wayne County cohort's field trips will be on Oct. 14 and Oct. 28, 2023. 

Wayne County Schedule 





Sept. 14

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

Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Lily Chen and Joel Stone, Detroit Historical Society

Sept. 21

Foundations of Conservation: Society & Conservation

Belle Isle Nature Center

Marilynn Crowley and Mike Reed, Detroit Zoological Society

Sept. 28

Aquatic Ecosystems: Lakes

Nankin Mills County Park

ECT staff

Oct. 5

Aquatic Ecosystems: Streams 

Plymouth Arts and Recreation Center

Cyndi Ross, Friends of the Rouge

Oct. 12

Aquatic Ecosystems: Wetlands

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

McKenzi Waliczek, Friends of the Detroit River

Sat., Oct. 14

Aquatic Field Trip

Rouge River watershed (various locations)

Friends of the Rouge staff

Oct. 19

Terrestrial Ecosystems: Forests   

Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center

Kelsey Dietz, Michigan DNR

Oct. 26

Terrestrial Ecosystems: Grasslands 

Circle Forest, Detroit

Michelle Serreyn, Michigan DNR

Sat., Oct. 28

Terrestrial Field Trip

Holliday Preserve, Westland

Julie McLaughlin (MNFI) and Lawrence Sobson (DNR)

Nov. 2

No Class



Nov. 9

No Class



Nov. 16

Putting it All Together: Capstone Project Celebration

MSU Detroit Center

Sierra Club staff

For cohort and content related questions, please reach out to Erica Clites at clitese1@msu.edu.

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