Become part of the network of dedicated, well-prepared volunteer Conservation Stewards who understand, actively contribute to or lead significant conservation management activities on public and private lands.

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) offers Michigan Conservation Stewards Program in Oakland County.

FALL 2012 Session scheduled for September 8 to November 10, 2012

Program Details:

Individuals who take part in the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) can learn how to effectively take part in informed, scientifically based conservation and resource management and work to sustain healthy ecosystems across Michigan.

MSUE and its partners are offering this volunteer training and leadership program designed for individuals who are interested in natural resource conservation and ecosystem management, natural history, outdoor recreation, natural areas, the region’s environmental issues and challenges, and strategies to help restore and conserve ecosystems in Oakland County.

Topics include Conservation Heritage, Ecological Foundations, Making Choices to Manage Natural Resources, Emerging Ecosystem Issues, and Managing Forestlands, Grasslands, Wetlands, and Lake and Stream Ecosystems. There will also be a volunteer expo highlighting conservation opportunities available in southeastern Michigan. The series of classes, led by experts in various fields of conservation and natural resources, will include lectures, interactive learning and field experiences.

Dates, Times, Locations:

This intensive 10-week program consists of:
eight evening classes held 6-9pm on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS (September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24; and November 7), and one TUESDAY EVENING (October 30) from 6-9 pm all at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford.

Three ALL-DAY SATURDAY field sessions will be held from 9-4 pm on
-September 8 at the E.L. Johnson Nature Center, Bloomfield Hills);
-October 6 at Independence Oaks County Park, Clarkston; and
-November 10 at Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake.


Early Registration fee is $275/participant if application packet and payment are received on or before August 10, 2012. Late Registration fee is $300/participant if application packet and payment are received on or after August 11, 2012.  Space is limited. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Limited scholarships may be available.  Deadline to register is August 31, 2012.

Click here for a brochure and an application packet or call (248) 858-0887 to request registration materials by mail.

Program partners include ITC Transmission, Michigan State University, the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services, Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, and Clinton River Watershed Council.