Michigan State University Extension and its partners are offering this volunteer training and leadership program to those 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.

This intensive 10-week program consists of nine Monday evening classes (6-9 pm) and three Saturday field sessions (9-4 pm) from February 26 through April 25, 2011. Monday evening sessions are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford. Saturday sessions will be held at the MSU Tollgate Education Center, Indian Springs Metropark, and Independence Oaks County Park. Registration fee is $275.

Obtain a brochure and an application packet online at http://www.oakgov.com/msu/ or call (248) 858-0887 to request an application by mail. The deadline to submit applications is February 4, 2011. Please call (248) 858-0887 for more information.