Submitted by National Wildlife Federation

Are you interested in creating areas for wildlife? Do you want to do your part to keep Thurston County wild? Now is your chance to become a Habitat Steward™. National Wildlife Federation and Veteran Conservation Corps are offering a specialized 24-hour training program to teach you how to help others create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards, and other community areas. The training will take place every Tuesday in April from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Lacey Veterans Services Hub (4232 6th Ave. SE, Ste. 202, Lacey). The workshop includes two Saturday field trips on April 8 and 29. Plan on full days.

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A previous corps of Thurston Habitat Stewards celebrate completion of the course.

This training is engaging, fun and highly informative and you get to meet and interact with local conservation professionals and other similarly interested folks. Expert speakers from Center for Natural Lands Management, Washington Native Plant Society, WSU Thurston County Extension, Stream Team, and other local organizations will speak about a variety of topics including, but not limited to, rain gardens, gardening for wildlife, native plants, noxious weeds, habitat restoration, bird identification and conservation, pollinators, current science in the Puget Sound, site mapping and much more.

The cost of the training is $30 to cover classroom materials. Note: scholarships are available! No one will be turned down due to lack of funds. We will provide coffee, tea, and snacks at each training session – you are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner. To register for the training, please visit http://nwfolympia.brownpapertickets.com/ or contact Sarah Bruemmer at WAHabitatCoordinator@nwf.org or (206) 577-7809.

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