WEST WINDSOR, NJ -- The Mercer County Park Commission announced on Friday that registration is now open for the 2021 Rutgers Environmental Steward program. The program prepares adult volunteers to tackle environmental issues in their local community by offering training in climate change, soil health, alternative energy, water resource protection, invasive species, habitat conservation, pollinator health, environmental policy and more.
Following a 20-week training course, Rutgers Environmental Stewards complete an internship project of their choosing, often by teaming up with a local environmental organization.
Because of the ongoing pandemic, the stewardship classes will be offered virtually this year on Tuesdays between January 26 and June 1 running 5:00pm until 8:00p.m. In addition, Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering one statewide, online class this year on January 22. To register for classes, CLICK HERE.
In 2020, Mercer County became the eighth county in New Jersey to offer the Rutgers Environmental Steward program, hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County. Having completed the training program, each member of the inaugural Mercer County graduating class will now develop and complete an environmental project in their community as part of their certification process.
The 2020 Mercer County stewardship class graduates included: John Fitton, Megan Hnath-Brown and Stephen Kuntz, Hamilton; Sudha Petluri, Bordentown; Alan DeFalco and Roseann Greenberg, Allentown; JAnnette Loveless, Joan Reilly and Theodora Wang, Lawrence; Sharon McCrae and John Norton, Pennington; George Point, Karen Prager and Helen Trpisovsky, Princeton; Kariina Rand, Stockton; and Susan Dill Wendrzycki and Jessie Webb, Trenton.
For more information about the Rutgers Environmental Steward program in Mercer County, please contact Margaret Pickoff, Mercer County Horticulturist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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