A nature steward is someone who has a responsibility to protect the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. This will enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being. A nature steward has a strong desire to improve environmental literacy and stewardship in communities. This coupled with a fascination of native animals, plants, rocks and climate equal local environment champions.

How to become a Nature Steward

To begin with, there are a number of Nature Steward courses around Australia where you can enrol. Specifically, the courses are usually held over 8 – 12 weeks  on weekends at a cost of between $45.00 (concession) up to $175.00. The course is open to anyone over the age of 18. However, preference is currently given to residents of those Council areas where the courses are held. For the most part, the course will introduce you to your local and wider Victorian ecosystems and natural places, including:
  • Rocks and soils
  • Fungi, plants, and animals
  • Climate change and seasons
  • Ways to care for Country and manage private property
  • Being a citizen scientist, conservation volunteer, advocate for nature, or a nature guide
  • How and where you can get outdoors and volunteer in your area
For more information on Melbourne / Victorian programs, visit this program and more, visit Outdoors Vic site here.

Anyone living in the east of Melbourne, you can find more information from Manningham Council here.

Lastly, you may find this post on Leave No Trace Principles interesting as well. Click here.