Applications for the City of Whittlesea’s Nature Stewards spring program will close on September 3. ​

The City of Whittlesea’s Nature Stewards spring program applications are now open for residents wanting to develop their skills to help preserve the natural environment.

The 10-week course, by Victorian National Parks Association in partnership with City of Whittlesea, allows residents to learn skills and knowledge to help protect the environment.

The introductory program allows participants to connect with their community and discover more about their local environment with hands-on experience, including field trips into bushlands such as Quarry Hills Parkland, learning practical techniques and valuable experience that could lead to future volunteer opportunities.

Mel, a participant in last year’s Nature Stewards program, said the course offered a broad range of knowledge and experiences across environmental topics.

“Highlights for me were learning about ecological burning practises, First Nations knowledge and care for country, forest bathing and the benefits of connecting with nature, and how to communicate climate change science confidently and effectively,” she said.

Applications close on September 3.

For more information or to apply, visit vnpa.org.au/programs/nature-stewards-3.