Connect with Nature: Join us this fall for “Conservation Talk Tuesdays” webinar series

Michigan Conservation Stewards Program presents six talks that explore Michigan’s beautiful natural resources while looking at the unique cultural perspectives and innovative partnerships needed for successful conservation and restoration.

A graphic for the webinar series

Nature’s beauty surrounds us. Michigan has an abundance of lakes, rivers, and forests all of which take effort to protect, restore, and make available for all of us to enjoy. The Michigan State University Extension Conservation Stewards Program is presenting a free webinar series this fall highlighting some of the extraordinary conservation and restoration efforts in Michigan and how people with different goals and cultures come together to make it happen. Our Conservation Talk webinar series is happening on select Tuesdays throughout October, November, and December 2020 from 12-1 p.m. EST. For each topic, we will take a closer look at diverse cultural perspectives, unique natural ecosystems, innovative conservation partnerships that celebrate ecosystem heritage, efforts to connect people to nature, and ongoing restoration efforts in Michigan.

The Conservation Talk Tuesdays Webinar Series begins on October 20, 2020. Ajee Witherspoon from the Detroit Zoological Society will be speaking on “Connecting Youth with the Outdoors in Detroit: Cultivating the next Generation of Naturalists and Conservationists.”

Online registration is required to participate in this webinar series. Choose individual webinars or register for the entire series:

CSP Webinar_Oct_20_Ajee_WitherspoonThe Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) is a course designed for individuals interested in Michigan ecosystems and sharing this knowledge with others. Conservation Stewards practice community-based volunteer conservation management activities.

Who should attend this webinar series?

  • Anyone who loves nature and conservation
  • Existing Conservation Stewards interested in continuing their learning and networking/connecting with other alumni
  • Natural resource professionals who want to build their knowledge on ecosystem-based management principles
  • Individuals who want to learn more about the Michigan Conservation Steward Program 

The following webinars will be offered at 12 p.m. EST as part of a series: 

  • October 20, 2020
    Connecting Youth with the Outdoors in Detroit: Cultivating the Next Generation of Naturalists and Conservationists.
    Speaker: Ajee Witherspoon, Detroit Zoological Society
  • October 27, 2020
    Up-close and Personal with Bears, American Marten, Fisher, and Deer 
    Speaker: Clay Wilton, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
  • November 10, 2020
    Where Has Our Wild Rice Gone?
    Speaker: Dr. Marie Shaefer, Michigan State University, Department of Community Sustainability
  • November 24, 2020
    Graying in Michigan: Their Past, Present and Future
    Speaker: Nicole Watson, Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife
  • December 8, 2020
    How Habitat Restoration on Belle Isle Can Mitigate Climate Change
    Speaker: Sam Lovall, Friends of the Detroit River & Greg Norwood, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • December 15, 2020
    Perspectives in Conservation: Understanding People and the Landscape to Protect our Natural Heritage
    Speaker: Jesse Lincoln, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Complete information about the webinar series can be found at the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program Webinar Series webpage. To learn more about the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, visit:

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