The Michigan Conservation Steward Education Program starts, Saturday, September 11.  Register by September 2.

People interested in the outdoors, natural resources, natural history, and the area’s environmental issues are encouraged to enroll in the Michigan Conservation Steward Education Program in Ann Arbor, September 11 through November 3 hosted by Washtenaw County MSU Extension.

  • The 40-hour course begins Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a look at conservation heritage. It continues with evening sessions every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning September 15 and ending November 3.  Saturday sessions are also set for October 9 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sessions offer hands-on education focusing on ecological foundations, making decisions for natural resources, forests, grasslands, stream ecosystems, wetlands, and land use. 
  • This certificate program also has a volunteer component where participants are required to volunteer 40 hours of conservation related service.
  • Course fee is $250 and is due by September 2. 

Applications are available online along with a program brochure at or can be picked up at the Extension office at 705 N. Zeeb Rd.

For questions contact Bob Bricault at 734 997-1678.

Conservation Stewards is sponsored by MSU Extension partnering with Michigan DNR, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, MSU Dept. Of Community Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies, Natural Area Preservation, Stewardship Network, Legacy Land Conservancy, U of M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Huron River Watershed Council, and Washtenaw County Departments: Parks and Recreation, Conservation District, and the office of the Water Resources Commissioner.