Middlesex County EARTH Center to offer Rutgers 2019 Environmental Stewards Program

Rebecca Nowalski

Classes for the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program 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 Jan. 23 and meets every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through June.

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.

Registration, payment and program details for individuals or municipalities are available at www.RESMiddlesex.eventbrite.com with a registration deadline on Jan. 18.

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.

Class topics include climate change, soil health, energy conservation, water resource protection, invasive species, wildlife management, habitat conservation, protecting pollinators and environmental policy. Field trips to environmentally significant sites around the state are included as part of the program.

For more information, contact Michele Bakacs at bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu or call 732-398-5274.