Are you concerned about the environment and want to learn
how to make a difference? Maybe you’re
part of a municipal environmental commission or green team, and you want to do
your best in caring for your community. You can do all this and more as part of
Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program!
Classes will be offered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension
of Middlesex County at the EARTH Center, in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42
Riva Ave, South Brunswick. The 2019 course begins on January 23 and meets every
Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through June 2019.
The Environmental Steward program is designed to explain and
analyze the environmental issues affecting New Jersey. Using science, teamwork,
and natural resources, the Stewards will create plans to face the problems
head-on. You don’t have to be a scientist to be a Steward- all you need is
passion for the environment, education, and volunteering!
Registration, payment and program details for individuals or
municipalities are available at www.RESMiddlesex.eventbrite.com with a
registration deadline on January 18th. The program and materials fee for the
course is $250.
Training sessions are taught by experts from Rutgers
University, and non-profit and government organizations. To become a certified
Rutgers Environmental Steward, graduates of the class portion of the program
must then complete a 60-hour volunteer internship on any topic of their choice.
Internships are unique and intended to align with the interests of the
individual, the needs of the program, and the community.
Class topics include climate change, soil health, energy
conservation, water resource protection, invasive species, wildlife management,
habitat conservation, protecting pollinators, environmental policy, and more.
Field trips to environmentally significant sites around the state are included
as part of the program.
Examples of volunteer projects include:
• Mapping and
eradicating invasive species in local parks
policy makers on reducing plastic waste
native dune vegetation in shore communities
restaurants in composting food waste
green infrastructure like rain gardens or rain barrels
and creating habitat for threated and endangered species
“Students will be introduced to a network of experts and
organizations who will become their environmental allies for years to come,”
said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and
Education Committee. “With over 60 hours of training, the Stewards will be
ready to face all kinds of environmental challenges!
Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said,
“If you want to take action and give back to your community, the Environmental
Stewards program is a great way to make our County a better place. Many
Stewards volunteer with local schools, assist non-profits and green businesses,
or go on to participate in their town’s environmental commissions or green
teams. No previous science degree or experience is needed. Everyone is
For more information on the program, please contact Michele
Bakacs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (732) 398-5274.
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Middlesex County’s EARTH Center is home to the Rutgers
Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County and part of a nationwide network that
brings the research of the State land-grant universities to residents. Offices
throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by the County Board of Chosen
Freeholders, Rutgers University-New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and
the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity
program provider and employer. Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational
programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age,
national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Contact your local
Extension Office for information regarding special needs or accommodations.
Contact the State Extension Director's Office if you have concerns related to
discrimination at 848-932-3584.