Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for the Master Watershed Steward Certification Course?
Anyone interested in becoming a Master Watershed Steward, must attend an Informational Orientation. Informational Orientations last about an hour and are designed to provide detailed information about the Certification Course and the role of a Master Watershed Steward. Orientations dates for the upcoming course will be posted in early summer 2018.
Once an Informational Orientation is completed, candidates may submit an online application found on our website in late summer 2018. WSA will accept up to 35 people in the Course.
How long does it take to become a Certified Master Watershed Steward?
Typically, classes begin in mid to late October and meet a few times a month through April with a break for the winter holidays. From April to November, Steward Candidates work on completing their Capstone Projects and graduation is held in December. Overall the certification process is about 13 months. We are currently working on innovating our course and this format is subject to change.
How much will this course cost?
The Certification Course costs $250. Limited scholarships are generally available for those who indicate a need on their application.
Does my Master Watershed Steward Certification expire?
Certified Stewards maintain their certification annually by:
- Completing at least 8 hours continuing education
- Contributing a minimum 40 hours of community service on restoration efforts within their community
- Attending 3 networking meetings.
Will I have to pay for my own project?
No. During the course, Steward Candidates will learn to identify and apply for grants and other funding to secure money for their restoration projects. WSA also raises funds through private donations and grants to support parts of Steward Capstone Projects.