an interest in the local environment and great outdoors are encouraged to apply
for Greater Geelong’s inaugural Nature Stewards program.
will teach 20 participants about our natural environment, through topics such
as geology, soils, climate, fungi, plants, water, animals and conservation land
Funded by the
City and run by Outdoors Victoria, the program will educate people with an
interest in the environment and encourage them to become volunteers and
course begins on 2 May and runs until 11 July, with weekly three-hour classes
to be held at Leopold Community Hub.
trips to significant properties and locations are also on the itinerary.
facilitator Rustem Upton will lead the program, with support from specialist
guest presenters and volunteer group showcases.
are now being taken at www.outdoorsvictoria.org.au/nature-stewards
The program is
open to anyone over the age of 18, however preference will be given to those
who live in Greater Geelong.
It is best
suited to people with little or no formal environmental education, who are
either involved with local groups or want to explore environmental volunteering
inspiration from well-established Master Naturalist programs in the United
States of America, Nature Stewards began last year in the City of Melbourne and
City of Melton.
cohort of graduates have gone on to join or start local volunteer groups, begin
environmental business ventures or pursue further study.
will be the first Victorian regional municipality to offer the program.
The City will
also provide an outline of environmental volunteering opportunities at the
Geelong Nature Forum.
The forum is
being held at the National Wool Museum on Saturday 28 March.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher
is a great way to give residents the confidence to join and lead environmental
protection efforts in our local community. There are huge
environmental and social benefits in encouraging more people to get outdoors
and to contribute to conservation activities – either in public reserves or on
Cr Eddy Kontelj, Chair, Environment
residents with an interest in the environment to consider joining Geelong’s
first Nature Stewards program. You will learn
more about local ecosystems and natural places, meet like-minded people and
learn about how you can get involved with local groups doing great work on the