Conservation Stewards Program Volunteer Training
Oakland County, MichiganMSU ExtensionConservation Stewards Program Volunteer Training

Conservation Stewards Program Volunteer Training

Conservation Stewards Program trainingThe Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (MCSP) is a volunteer training program that teaches individuals about all aspects of ecosystem management.  Through this program participants learn how to understand, promote, support, actively contribute to and/or lead significant volunteer conservation management activities on public and private lands.

Classroom sessions, self-paced online modules, and field-based sessions offer hands-on learning opportunities focused on ecological foundations, natural resource decision-making, forestlands, grasslands, wetlands, lakes, streams, agriculture, land use and volunteer opportunities.  Instructors include MSU faculty and MSU Extension staff, representatives from the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and a variety of instructors from local organizations.

Requirements for becoming a Conservation Steward:

  • completion of the core curriculum (40+ hours of in-class learning and field training)
  • 40 hours of volunteer conservation service within one year
  • 8 hours of advanced training and an additional 40 hours of volunteer conservation service are required for annual recertification

Examples of volunteer service:

  • mapping and monitoring invasive species on public lands
  • designing and installing a rain garden at a school to help manage stormwater
  • educating individuals on strategies to manage invasive species (ex. phragmites, garlic mustard)

Click here to view an overall evaluation of the Conservation Stewards Program, 2006-2013.

The next Oakland County Conservation Stewards Program is scheduled for September- October 2018. Please contact Cathy Morris at 248-858-1639 for more information or visit for complete program details. .  

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