Nature Stewards Program


Become a Nature Steward and learn about your local environment, meet like-minded people, and find ways to get outdoors and volunteer!

Nature Stewards is a 10-week program that will introduce you to your local and wider Victorian ecosystems and natural places, including:

  • Rocks and soils
  • Fungi, plants and animals
  • Climate and seasons
  • Ways to care for Country
  • Being a citizen scientist, conservation volunteer, advocate for nature, or a nature guide
  • How and where you can get outdoors and volunteer in your area


  • Manningham
  • Melbourne
  • Melton

This program is open to anyone over the age of 18, however preference is currently given to residents of the Manningham Council, City of Melbourne, and City of Melton (Other locations in the near future, subject to funding).

20 places available, via application, for each program location.


Orange jackets on beach: Wilsons Promontory NP Friends of the Prom volunteers, Parks Victoria

Questions about the program



  • 10 x Weekly classes (3 hours)
  • 4 x Field sessions  (4 hrs)
  • Certificate of completion


  • Over the age of 18
  • Best suited to those with little or no formal environmental education 
  • Willing to try, or continue, environmental volunteering
  • Able to take part in Saturday field trips (4 during program, 4 hours in length)

Dates & Times

Manningham Council program
Mondays, 7th October to the 16th December (exc. Melbourne Cup),  9.30 – 12.30pm | Field sessions Mondays or Saturdays TBA

City of Melbourne program
3rd October to the 7th December | Classes Thursday evenings, 6 – 9pm | Saturday field sessions

City of Melton program
5th October – 14th December |Classes on Saturday mornings, 9.30 – 12.30pm | Saturday field sessions


Three crouching, 1 standing: Friends of Bats and Bushcare volunteers at Yarra Bend Park, Parks Victoria


Spring locations, within Manningham Council, City of Melbourne & City of Melton

Nature Stewards is proudly funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP), together with the Manningham Council, City of Melbourne and City of Melton.

Key Supporters: Parks Victoria, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria & Victorian National Parks Association