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Contact:  Laura Probyn

517-432-1555, ext. 171






EAST LANSING, Mich. – People interested in the outdoors, natural resources, conservation and the region’s environmental issues are invited to attend the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program at the Michigan State University (MSU) Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) near Hickory Corners, Mich.

This 40-hour course will meet March 23-25 at KBS, April 14 at the Kalamazoo Nature Center and May 18-20 at KBS. 

The first weekend session will include a look at conservation heritage, ecological foundations and stream ecosystems and management, nocturnal ecology and owl calling. There will also be a volunteer expo highlighting conservation volunteer opportunities in southwestern Michigan.

The April 14 event will offer an outdoor look at grassland ecosystems and management.

The final weekend will highlight forest and wetland ecosystems and management, making choices in management, beginning birding, frog and toad surveys, and agriculture and environmental stewardship.

Sessions include detailed, professional lectures on ecology and Michigan’s natural features, as well as hands-on field learning experiences at KBS and surrounding areas to learn about plants, trees, wildlife, stream aquatic life, wetlands, forest ecology, grasslands, prairies and invasive species. 

Modeled on MSU Extension’s Master Gardener program, the Conservation Stewards Program starts with 40 hours of educational sessions. Those who complete the coursework are then asked to donate 40 hours of volunteer conservation service to receive their final certification as Conservation Stewards.   

Instructors include MSU faculty and Extension staff members, representatives from the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, naturalists and scientists from KBS and the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources biologists. 

The $295 registration fee for participants who commute is due March 9.  For those who wish to stay overnight at KBS for a full field station experience, additional lodging and meal fees will apply.  Space is limited to the first 30 registrants.

The full program brochure and registration materials are available at www.msue.msu.edu/reg_sw.  If you have questions, contact Laura Trombley at KBS about registration matters (269-671-2444; tromble1@msu.edu), or Shari Dann at MSU about program content and learning experiences (517-432-0267; sldann@msu.edu). 

The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program is sponsored by MSU Extension.





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