The 2014 Rutgers Environmental Stewards program, which helps non-scientists to become citizen-scientists begins the first week of January and typically runs through May.
An innovative partnership between Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Duke Farms Foundation, the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program teaches participants about land and water stewardship, best management practices, environmental public advocacy, and leadership.
The curriculum is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the New Jersey. Academics are joined by colleagues from government and the non-profit sector to share understanding and insights with the students.
“Students don’t only receive facts, but also are introduced to a network of expert individuals and organizations who can be of service to them in the future as they wrestle with solving local environmental problems,” said Bruce Barbour, agricultural and resource management agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the program’s originator.
“This can be among the most meaningful six months in your life,” adds Barbour, who has led the program for years and well worth the $250 fee.
Training in Warren County is offered at RCE of Warren County, 165 Route 519 south, Belvidere. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from January to May. Cost is $250. For more information, contact Milly Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-475-6505.