The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP), coordinated by Michigan State University Extension, convened a unique group of partners for a new statewide Master Naturalist™ effort. Partners designed a curriculum, implemented a pilot program, and evaluated program processes and impacts. Extension staff used pre- and post-program questionnaires, achieving a 97% program retention rate and an 85% response rate. The CSP attracted a new Extension audience, increased learners' ecosystem knowledge, improved attitudes toward resource management, and fostered skills for accessing ecological information. The CSP achieved its goal of assisting adult learners in gaining skills necessary to complete conservation management volunteer activities.
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Van Den Berg, H. A., & Dann, S. L. (2008). Evaluation of an Adult Extension Education Initiative: The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program. The Journal of Extension, 46(2), Article 11. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol46/iss2/11