Applications are being accepted for Natural Resources Stewards program

Applications are now being accepted for UNH Cooperative Extension’s hands-on program for people who enjoy being outdoors, value nature and want to become stewards of New Hampshire’s forests, wildlife, and water resources.  NRS-2016-Flyer.pdf.

The Natural Resources Stewards program, which begins September 2nd and continues for 12 Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held at Great Bay Community College and the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, NH. The program emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning both indoors and in the field.

Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of natural resources stewardship by learning about tree identification, planting, and care; forest types and the wildlife that lives within them; permaculture; ecological landscaping; land conservation and protection; wetlands; invasive species; and many more topics essential to the well-being of the state’s natural resources.

The program is open to all and is especially helpful for those volunteering on conservation commissions, tree committees, or watershed associations, and for those who maybe aren’t sure yet how they can help but want to make a difference.

In exchange for receiving college-level education, participants are asked to complete 40 hours of volunteer service within two years in their own communities or through a partnering agency’s program.

Space is limited…the sooner you apply, the better your chances of making it into the program.

Co-sponsors of the Natural Resources Steward program include UNH Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and its Wonders of Wildlife Program, U.S. Forest Service, and Great Bay Community College (which offers college credit for the course) in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and County Conservation Districts.

For more information or to apply, visit or call UNH Cooperative Extension at (603) 641-6060 or

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