Give the Gift of Environmental Understanding to Yourself and Others
Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey’s Geology from the people who map it. Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear how New Jersey’s environmental regulations get enforced from a person who actually does the enforcement? Would you like to learn about the role of soils in the environment from the person who runs Rutgers’ Soil Testing lab? These are some of the opportunities available to enrollees in the 2014 Rutgers Environmental Steward Volunteer Training Program.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will offer the Environmental Stewards Program at the EARTH Center, in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings starting January 8 until May 14, 2014.
The curriculum is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the Garden State. Leading authorities from academia are joined by colleagues from government and the non-profit sector to share understanding and insights with the students. “Students not only receive facts, but are introduced to a network of experts and organizations who can be of service to them in the future as they wrestle with local environmental problems” said the programs originator Bruce Barbour of Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
The 60 plus hours of training does not replace a science degree, but helps citizens educate themselves when presented with a real world environmental problem. Communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills are also taught enabling Stewards to be effective in community action and political discourse.
To learn more about the Rutgers Environmental Steward program visit http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/.
To register or for further information contact Meredith Jacob, at 732-398-5275 or email@example.com. You can also download a program application at http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/Contacts.htm .
First classes begin as early as January 7, 2014, so act now!
Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
-Kathy Ernst, NJSTA President
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