Become a Rutgers University Environmental Steward

January 21st, 2020

Photo Credit: Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

The Watershed Institute will be one of several environmental nonprofits involved in the 2020 Rutgers Environmental Stewards program, offering training and internships to local volunteers.

Formed in 2005, the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program helps volunteers protect the environment in their communities. Since its inception, the program has trained more than 650 volunteers in projects involving climate change, soil health, alternative energy, water resource protection, invasive species, habitat conservation, environmental advocacy and other topics.

During weekly classes starting in February, the stewards will immerse themselves in topics ranging from wood ducks to the Green Amendment to green infrastructure. The programs will be run in Mercer County and other New Jersey counties for 20 weeks until June.

Experts at the Watershed will teach sessions on climate change, habitat restoration, sustainability and rain gardens and other green infrastructure projects.
In order to become a Certified Rutgers Environmental Steward, course graduates must complete a 60-hour volunteer internship of their choosing.

The program, which costs $260, will hold classes starting Feb. 5 on Wednesday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, 1440 Parkside Avenue, Ewing, NJ. There may be some field trips to the Watershed, local streams and other places.

Registration is capped at 25 participants so apply soon. For more information and to register for the program, visit or call Margaret at (609) 989-6830.

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