Nature Steward Program now open to all residents aged 18 years and over

17 Apr 2023

The Nature Steward Program is now open to all Strathbogie residents aged 18 years and over.

Originally the program was capped for those aged 18-29 years, however, Council is calling on all nature enthusiasts over 18 years now.

Are you interested in rocks, soil, fungi, plants, and animals? Do you want to learn about climate change and seasons? Or ways to care for Country and manage private property?

You can sign up to be a part of the Nature Stewards program and get the tools to become a citizen scientist, conservation volunteer, advocate for nature and/or nature guide.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Laura Binks said the program would run on Saturdays from May 6 to June 17, 2023, shifting between venues in Violet Town, Euroa and Nagambie.

“The program will be hosted by Council and will be run by conservation experts, connecting curious people with their local and wider habitats,” she said.

“It’s a great way to gain knowledge, learn practical skills and meet like-minded others in the local community.

“Participants will discover all sorts of ways to help nature at home and through local volunteering.”

The program will begin each week with a lecture followed by an educational field trip.

Cr Binks said the course was being offered in partnership with DEECA and Victorian National Parks Association.

Applications for the Nature Stewards Program close on April 23, 2023 and the course is subsidised for Strathbogie Shire residents.

To register, visit the Victorian National Parks Association’s website.