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Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) Class - St. Clair Co.

CSP consists of the following components, totaling approximately 45+ hours of instruction:

Seven in-person sessions will be held on one evening a week from 6 - 9 p.m.  (21 hours of instruction):

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  • Program Overview
  • Michigan Conservation Heritage
  • Ecological Foundations and Ecoregions
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems : Grasslands
  • Invasive Species/Climate Change
  • Aquatic Ecosystems: Streams
  • Capstone Projects and Commencement

Two full-day Saturday field sessions will be held on Saturdays from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (14 hours of instruction):

  • Terrestrial Field Experience
  • Aquatic Field Experience

Self-paced online learning modules will cover the following content (approximately 10-12 hours):

  • Michigan’s Unique Conservation Heritage and Making Choices for Natural Resources Management
  • Ecology 101
  • Forests and Forest Ecosystems and Management 101
  • Lakes Ecosystems and Management
  • Wetland Ecosystems and Management
  • Climate Change/Invasive Species

Initial CSP requirements consist of:

  • 45+ hours of basic ecological training (including attendance at in-person sessions as well as completion of online learning modules, and completion of required assignments, activities, learning reflections and program evaluations).
  • 40 hours of conservation service annually (opportunities will be shared by the local office of MSU Extension and local partners as they become available). An in-class Capstone Project must also be completed, and counts toward your initial 40-hour service requirement.
  • In subsequent years, 8 hours of advanced training plus 20 hours of volunteer service are for annual recertification (as selected by the individual conservation steward).

Fall 2018 Course Offering Information

Kalamazoo CountySeptember 10th - October 22nd

St. Clair CountySeptember 11th - October 23rd

  • Seven weeknight sessions held on Tuesdays (6 - 9 p.m.) and two Saturday field sessions (Sept. 22 & Sept. 29, 9 - 5 p.m.). Limited partial scholarships are available.
  • For more information, contact Kirsten Lyons ( or 810-294-4965).
  • Register here

Oakland CountySeptember 15th - October 24th 

  • Six weeknight sessions held on Wednesdays (6 - 9 p.m.) and three Saturday field sessions (Sept. 15, Sept. 29, October 20, 9 - 5 p.m.). Registration fee is $250/person. Limited partial scholarships are available.
  • For more information, contact Bindu Bhakta ( or Cathy Morris (248-858-1639).
  • Register here