Nature Stewards

Nature Stewards

Program Information

Nature Stewards is a 10-week program that 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

Got any questions? Contact us: naturestewards@outdoorsvictoria.org.au

This program is open to anyone over the age of 18, however preference is currently given to residents of the council areas.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, part/all of the Nature Stewards programs may have to be delivered online at short notice, using ZOOM. All participants will need access to a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet and a decent connection to access the internet. In following current Government directions, participants and staff of 2022 programs will need to be fully COVID vaccinated, to ensure COVID safe programs.

Program places available via application for each program location.

Program Info

  • 10 x Weekly classes (3 hours)
  • 4 x Field sessions  (4 hrs)
  • Certificate of completion

Expectations

  • Over the age of 18
  • Best suited to those with little or no formal environmental education
  • Willing to try, or continue environmental volunteering
  • Able to take part in Saturday field trips (4 during program, 4 hours in length)

Current Programs

Spring program:

Jul 23 – Oct 01
Saturdays, 9:30 – 12:30pm

Six to seven Field sessions to follow approx. 1 – 4.30pm on given dates (to be confirmed)

Leopold Community Hub,
31-39 Kensington Road, Leopold
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$140 Full fee (CoGG resident),
$70 Concession*

*Concession: healthcare card holder, pensioner & full-time student

Sep 17 – Dec 03
Saturdays, 9:30 – 12:30pm

(Excluding Grand Final weekend, Melbourne Cup Long weekend)

Saturdays classes: 9.30 – 12.30pm, with four field sessions to follow approx. 1 – 4.30pm on given dates (to be confirmed)

Janefield Community Centre, 
Bundoora + the final weeks at Kirrip Community Centre, Wollert East
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$250 Full fee (City of Whittlesea resident)
$350 Full fee (Non-City of Whittlesea resident)
$90 Concession*

*Concession: healthcare card holder, pensioner & full-time student

Oct 01 – Dec 10
Saturdays, 9:30 – 12:30pm

With four field sessions to follow approx. 1 – 4.30pm on given dates (to be confirmed)

(Excluding Grand Final weekend, Melbourne Cup Long weekend)

Saturdays classes: 9.30 – 12.30pm, with four field sessions to follow approx. 1 – 4.30pm on given dates (to be confirmed)

Lucas Community Hub, Lucas
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$90 Full fee (City of Ballarat resident)
$350 Full fee (Non-City of Ballarat resident)
$90 Concession*

*Concession: healthcare card holder, pensioner & full-time student

Our Vision

A vibrant community throughout Victoria of well-informed and trained citizens, actively engaged in conserving, observing and interpreting nature.

Our Mission

The Nature Stewards program promotes environmental literacy and stewardship of nature through discovery, action, and ongoing learning. The program directly supports participants in training and volunteering, thereby generating benefits for the wider community and the environment.

About the Program

The Nature Stewards program was initiated in Victoria by the McGregor family, with inspiration and advice from the well-established Master Naturalist programs in the USA. The concept was further developed with collaborators across many Victorian organisations from government, the not-for-profit sector, and other interested individuals. Outdoors Victoria runs the program, with different partners hosting the programs in given locations.

Outdoors Victoria together with the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP), and local hosts provide funding and support for the program.

Each program consists of 10 weekly class sessions and 4 field sessions, providing a total of 46 hours basic training. During this time participants will learn together about the Victorian and local environment, through topics spanning geology, soils, climate, fungi, plants, animals, conservation land management, volunteering and citizen science, and environmental interpretation, given from western and local Aboriginal community perspectives. The class sessions have an expert facilitator, together with presentations from specialist guest presenters and local volunteering group showcases.

Additionally, the program offers a chance to meet others in the local community and gain information and practical skills to assist in connecting with and getting active in nature, and where to find local environmental volunteering opportunities.

Testimonials




Apply to become a Nature Steward and learn about your local environment, meet like-minded people, and find ways to get outdoors and volunteer!


The Nature Steward program is proudly supported by:

Funded by

Our founding partners and supporters