An educational program designed for those interested in science-based ecosystem management principles and sharing this knowledge with others to help restore and conserve ecosystems throughout Michigan communities.

Fall 2024 program locations will be announced soon.

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Participate in the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) and explore the foundations of conservation in Michigan and its diverse terrestrial, wetland and aquatic ecosystems. Learn how you can apply your knowledge at the local community conservation level.

2024 Hybrid Program

  • 10 weeks of instruction delivered  between September – November 2024 consisting of the following components:  
    • Weekly online course content to review and complete on-your-own via the course web site

    • 3 hours of weekly in-person lecture and field instruction with local cohort (depending on location, this in-person time will be held one night per week on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) 

    • 1 – 2 Saturday field experiences to explore ecologically diverse natural communities in the local program area.

  • Selection of a Capstone (Applied) Project related to restoring and conserving Michigan’s ecosystem, completed with guidance provided by a local mentor

  • Certification of Completion available

Topics covered by the Conservation Stewards Program include:

  • Foundations of Conservation
    • Ecological Foundations & Michigan Natural Communities
    • Michigan Conservation Heritage
    • Society & Conservation
  • Terrestrial, Wetland and Aquatic Ecosystems 

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Reporting Volunteer Hours

The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program no longer requires Conservation Stewards to complete and report their volunteer service or advanced training hours.

Existing Michigan Conservation Stewards who have previously completed the program are encouraged to continue submitting their volunteer service and advanced training hours monthly or annually to MSU Extension via this reporting form. Hours are due by December 31 of each calendar year.