The Conservation Stewards Program is a collaborative effort among community-based volunteers and partners, leading conservation organizations and agencies, and educational institutions throughout Michigan. This collaboration will result in a statewide network of dedicated, well-prepared and well-organized volunteer Conservation Stewards who understand, promote, support, actively contribute to or lead significant conservation management activities on public and private lands. Conservation Stewards will provide a strong, informed constituency for the state’s natural resources and biodiversity. These volunteers will engage in informed, scientifically-based conservation stewardship activities to enhance resource management and sustain healthy ecosystems across Michigan, including land and water management, ecological monitoring, restoration, and public education. The network will be supported by an “academy” of statewide and local learning communities with colleagues from across Michigan who have expertise in the science of conservation stewardship.