Registration Open for 2013 Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program

Registration has been extended for the 2013 class for Rutgers Environmental Stewards in Atlantic County which will begin January 23, 2013. Designed for the non-scientist interested in learning more about environmental issues, Environmental Stewards is based on the format of the Master Gardeners Program with students completing 60 hours of in-depth training over the course of 20 weeks. After completing this part of the training, students have the opportunity to apply what they've learned by completing a project based on their area of interest for certification as a Rutgers Environmental Steward.

With each class, a different speaker covers a topic like soils, geology, water, climate change, environmental regulations or renewable energy. Leadership and communication skills are also addressed in the training which is designed to empower students with knowledge and tools to help them work with others to solve real environmental issues. At its core, the program looks to help people to address environmental problems and bring about positive change in their communities. It's a great program, named Winner of the 2007 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.

The program has been running for several years in three locations across the state. The topics covered are similar in each program, but we are working to make the Atlantic County program most relevant to our local audience and to utilize some of the area's great academic and environmental leaders and experts to be sure that students get not only good information, but information that considers the unique environmental issues and features of our area.

Classes will be held Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the ACUA on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Twp. beginning January 23, 2013. Click here for an application or visit for more information. Call ACUA with any questions at 609-272-6950 for more information. The fee for the course is $250.

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