Join the Great Stewards Challenge!

The Great Stewards Challenge provides an opportunity to preserve the Great Lakes and public lands.

Michigan State University Extension is excited to be part of the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI). As a member, MSU Extension and other NEMIGLSI network partners invite everyone to become stewards of the Great Lakes and public lands through the Great Stewards Challenge.

The Great Stewards Challenge is an opportunity for residents and visitors to northeast Michigan to provide stewardship for the region’s rich natural resources. For more than 15 years, NEMIGLSI has fostered place-based stewardship education in area schools and communities. Now they invite the community to join in place-based stewardship education projects through the Great Stewards Challenge.

It’s easy to participate! Just visit the challenge site and use the map to find a public land location near you. Choose your challenge activity then go outside and take care of yourself and our land! Once completed, share your interest by returning to the challenge website and clicking on the link to tell your story and share what you discovered on public lands.

share how you cared;  when you return from the field, use the button below to let us know how you took care of our public lands

The public land system of the United States is one of the most unique and enduring traditions of the country: the beautiful idea that the heritage of the country does not belong only to current citizens, but also to all future generations. Public lands include forests, lakes, rivers and streams, deserts, mountains, plains, wetlands and more. The people are the owners of these public lands and these lands are for our direct benefit and for the benefit of all future generations – a responsibility known as stewardship.

“We are heirs to the greatest heritage a people has ever received, and everyone must do their part if we are to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” -Teddy Roosevelt

Whether you live in northeast Michigan or are just traveling, the Great Stewards Challenge is an opportunity for family and friends to enjoy the outdoors while helping preserve our public lands. Join the Great Stewards Challenge and help take care of public lands in northeast Michigan today.

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