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.

There are currently no scheduled offerings of this course.

For information on future dates, or if you would like to have this class brought to your office or organization, please contact us for more information:  

Linda Patterson at or 802-656-7668