2008 Natural Resources Volunteer Course
New Hampshire’s Natural Resources
Volunteer Program – Applications Now Being Accepted
Do you enjoy
learning about New Hampshire’s outdoors and sharing with others? Are you
concerned about the future of New Hampshire’s forest, wildlife, and water
resources? Are you on a member of conservation commission, land trust, or
watershed association or have thought about becoming more involved in your
community? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, New Hampshire’s
Natural Resource Volunteer Program can provide you with many opportunities.
in September 2008, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, along with
several natural resources agencies*, will host New Hampshire’s Natural Resources
Volunteer Program - core training for Community Tree Stewards, Earth Team and
Wonders of Wildlife volunteers. Space is limited so apply early!
The course consists
of 12 sessions that include: local ecosystems, watersheds and changing land use;
wildlife species and habitats; soil and water resources; working with local
governments for natural resource management; land conservation and protection;
tree identification, evaluation, planting, and care; threatened and endangered
plant and animal communities; sustainable living, integrated landscaping, and
climate change; and what you can do to help make a difference. (The course may
also be taken for college credit through Great Bay Community College, Manchester
Community College, or the University of New Hampshire.)
provide participants with a comprehensive background in natural resources, and
in return participants have a wide variety of opportunities to volunteer.
Program graduates volunteer through each of the partnering agencies’ programs:
Community Tree Stewards, Wonders of Wildlife, and Earth Team Volunteers, and/or
they can volunteer in their own communities.
Graduates from New
Hampshire’s Natural Resources Volunteer Program help inventory natural
resources; permanently protect thousands of acres of land; develop community
gardens and landscapes; discover endangered species; join conservation
commissions, watershed associations, and lands trusts; deliver educational
programs to adults and children; write and publish articles; and measure some of
the largest trees in New Hampshire! Since 1991 the program has assisted over
100 New Hampshire communities.
The next courses
are being offered at the Community Colleges from 8:45am – 4pm on Wednesdays in
Stratham, and Fridays in Manchester beginning on September 3, and September 5,
2008, respectively. Each site will host the series of 12 sessions through
November 21, 2008.
A $75.00 course
fee** includes extensive resource material. Participants are asked in return to
volunteer 40 hours over a two-year period of time through a wide variety of
projects and activities that focus on New Hampshire’s natural resources.
* New Hampshire’s
Natural Resource Volunteer Program is sponsored through a unique partnership of
local agencies responsible for protecting and managing the state’s natural
resources including: University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, New
Hampshire Division of Forest and Lands, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department,
the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and County Conservation
** A fee is charged
for this program to cover costs. A limited number of scholarships are available
to individuals unable to pay. University of New Hampshire Cooperative
Extension programs and policies are consistent with Federal and State Laws and
regulations on non-discrimination regarding race, color, religion, gender, age,
national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veterans status, or marital
status. UNH, USDA - NRCS, and New Hampshire counties cooperating.