By fostering a sense of ecological awareness and responsibility in children and adults alike, Habitat Stewards make a difference in Delaware. Mentors in the community, Habitat Stewards assist their friends and neighbors with the creation and restoration of landscapes that are both wildlife-friendly and good for the environment. Native wildlife, citizens of the community, and neighboring communities all feel the rewards of these efforts.
As volunteers for the Delaware Nature Society, Stewards aim to create more habitat for native wildlife, cultivate an appreciation for native plants and animals, and improve water quality in our watersheds. Stewards lend a helping hand to their neighbors, local schools, businesses, and places of worship to help them attain Backyard Wildlife Habitat certification. This process may include inventorying potential wildlife habitat areas, selecting appropriate native plants, documenting the project by taking photographs or making sketches, and helping others improve their gardening skills.
As a Habitat Steward you will also have the opportunity to:
- provide hands-on learning opportunities for students by working with local schools to create outdoor, living classrooms
- promote wildlife gardening to homeowners and the general public
- share your expertise and train others to become Habitat Stewards
All you need is a strong interest in the natural world, a desire to protect our environment, and a willingness to help others. No other experience or expertise is required to become a Habitat Steward. The Delaware Nature Society provides various Backyard Habitat training workshops and programs throughout the year to ensure Habitat Stewards are prepared to assist their community members. All Stewards attend a one-day introductory training session and then choose from a variety of programs throughout the year to enhance their knowledge of wildlife gardening and native plants and animals. In addition, Habitat Stewards are provided with a resource notebook focused on natural landscaping, habitat creation, and wildlife. Stewards also receive contact information for the Delaware Nature Society's Backyard Habitat partners (local nurseries, garden centers, and landscape professionals), other Habitat Stewards, and the National Wildlife Federation.
For more information about upcoming Habitat Stewards training sessions, please contact us at 302-239-2334 ext. 142, or by E-mail