Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas
Become a Site Steward
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What is a Site Steward?
Site stewards are the eyes and ears for Minnesota's Scientific & Natural Areas (SNA). Stewards, working with guidance from SNA staff, assist in the goals of land protection, management, and education & research on a site they choose to monitor. Some tasks that may be a part of a steward's duties include:
- Regular visits to the site
- Reporting observations from site visits
- Learning about the protection and management goals for the site
- Participating in site projects and events
Take a look at the complete list of steward responsibilities.
Is being a Site Steward right for me? Consider these factors:
Location, location, location
- How far the site is from you and from the nearest road will factor into travel time to get to it.
- Do you enjoy the challenge of navigating to a very remote spot that is not easily accessed?
- Or do you want to be able to jump right into a nearby site that is on a main road?
- The size of sites vary greatly and will impact the time needed for stewardship.
Lakes and Talus and Bogs, oh my:
- Habitats on a site will determine what you will need to wear or equipment you may need.
Can I get a little help here?
- In general, the closer the site is to larger cities, the greater the chance you will have for volunteers to assist you in site projects.
What can I offer?
- If you're a good birder, botanist, or brush-cutter you can put those skills to use on the right site.
These factors all boil down to the time and effort you're willing to invest in being a site steward!
How can I become a Site Steward?
First, find out which sites are available on this map. And then, Apply online!
If you have questions email us, or call 651-259-5070.
Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).