Become a Natural Resources Steward
Do you enjoy learning about NH's natural history and resources? Are you concerned about the future of NH’s forest, wildlife, and water resources?
Are you a member of a conservation commission, land trust, or watershed association, or have thought about becoming more involved in your community?
The Natural Resources Stewards Program may be for you!
In exchange for education, participants are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service within two years in their own communities or through a partnering agency's program. Graduates from the Natural Resources Steward Program have volunteered in over 40 different natural resources-related areas of their choosing.
Open to all, the Natural Resources Stewards Program each year offers a 12-session course held on Fridays from 8:30am - 4:00 pm beginning in September. The 2016 course will be held in Portsmouth and emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning both indoors and in the field. Participants gain a comprehensive understanding of natural resources stewardship from awareness to activism through topics including:
- NH’s wildlife and their habitats
- Ecosystems and watersheds
- Soil and water resources
- Land conservation and protection
- Tree identification, evaluation, planting, and care
- Invasive species identification and management
- Sustainable living and Intro to Permaculture
- Ecological landscaping
- Climate change and energy efficiency and conservation
- Working with local government–what you can do to help make a difference