The Atlantic County Utilities Authority will once again be hosting classes for the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program. The program is an extension of Rutgers University that is intended to give people a greater understanding of the environmental sciences.

The noncredited seeks to provide participants with the knowledge, tools and resources to address environmental issues.

The course is offered in five counties throughout the state. In the Atlantic County area, classes will be at the ACUA on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township. The 20-week course will run 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 24 through June 6.

The cost is $250. Each week, a guest lecturer who is an expert in the field will talk about a particular topic.

Some of the subjects scheduled for this year include geology, understanding the watershed, climate change, water conservation, land management, invasive species and stormwater management.

Two field trips are scheduled, one to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, and the other an exploration of local waterways on the pontoon fishing boat The Duke of Fluke.

Participants will meet experts in their field and other people with similar interests.

To become a Rutgers certified environmental steward, you are asked to perform a 60-hour internship on the subject of your choice. This is an opportunity to get involved with a local community or environmental organization, to work on a particular environmental project.

More information can be found at envirostewards.rutgers.edu or by contacting local coordinator Amy Menzel at amenzel@acua.com or 609-272-6950.

Sustainable Downbeach is working toward creating a healthier, friendlier community with an eye on protecting the environment. For information or to get involved see Sustainable Downbeach on Facebook.

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