Sustainable Landscape Stewards

Sustainable Landscape Stewards - Natural Aquatic Systems

A training course for community leaders


Community members, particularly those who serve in municipal government or on town boards, conservation districts, and watershed groups are encouraged to participate in the five-class training course led by Lake Champlain Sea Grant staff and topic area experts. 

Course description: 

The health and resilience of our waterways are essential to Vermont’s environmental,  economic and social well-being. In a changing climate with more extreme weather events, municipalities, businesses and individual property owners are faced with new challenges in protecting infrastructure while safeguarding water quality.

This Continuing Education course is designed for municipal employees, community leaders, watershed groups, board members and concerned citizens involved in water resources and land use planning. Through a series of five weekly classroom and field presentations, students will gain an understanding of watershed science and how land use changes impact our water resources. Topic experts will provide in-depth coverage of lake, river and wetland processes and current conditions. State and federal water quality regulations will be addressed. Participants will learn how to access online resources and tools for applying course knowledge.

The course will be taught by natural resource experts from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Lake Champlain Land Trust, Lake Champlain Basin Program, the University of Vermont, and the Lake Champlain Sea Grant.

Find a sample course outline here.


Wednesday, September 21, 28 and October 5, 19: 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Saturday, October 15: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: All classes meet at the University of Vermont (except Saturday field presentation) 

Registration fee: $210.00

Rebistration deadline:  September 9, 2016

Eligible for 1.25 University of Vermont Continuing Education Credits


Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations and full refunds can be made until September 9, 2016. However, after September 9,  cancellations can only be made, and refunds will only be provided, if another participant can be found as replacement, and the new participants registers and pays in full. A paid registration can be transferred to another person at any time as long as the registrant information is updated.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Linda Patterson at 656-7668 or by September 9, 2016 so we may assist you.