Climate Steward Volunteers

Cornell Climate Steward Volunteers Applications are OPEN!

Are you interested in helping Niagara County adapt to our changing climate?

Do you want to learn more about the science of climate change?

Did you ever wish there was a program like Master Gardener Volunteers, but around climate?

Join us to train as a Climate Steward!

Climate Climate Stewards is a statewide program that provides intensive education on climate science, communications, and potential local solutions. Volunteers train and then work on local climate change projects that help support our community's capacity to adapt and be resilient!

From supporting ongoing initiatives and local conservation projects to creating your own project, Climate Stewards is a great way to volunteer to help Niagara County prepare for climate change!

You can learn more about the Climate Steward program here.

Training for Niagara County Climate Stewards begins on March 23, 2023. The program costs $75 (financial assistance is available, please don't let cost deter your application!).

Applications are due by March 20, 2023

Application available here: click for application

Cornell Climate Stewards commit to 12 weeks of training (24 hours) and then complete at least 40 hours of community volunteer work to become a certified "Climate Steward." Climate Stewards become official Niagara County CCE volunteers and may work with CCE staff on climate-based events and programs.

Niagara County Climate Steward training is part of a multi-county training program. Training sessions will be held online except for the last two sessions focusing on your local projects!

Sessions are slated for Thursday evenings from 6 to 8pm with a tentative schedule (may be adapted around school holidays) of:

    • March 23, Orientation
    • March 30, Climate Change Science
    • April 6, Climate Change Impacts

    • April 13, Working with Local Governments & Communities

    • April 20, Climate Change Mitigation

    • April 27, Community Mitigation Strategies

    • May 4, Climate Change Adaptation

    • May 11, Community Adaptation Strategies

    • May 18, Effective Climate Change Communication

    • May 25, Climate Justice

    • June 1, Planning Volunteer Projects

    • June 8, Presenting Volunteer Projects

    • June 15, (tentative if we need to reschedule around holidays/school)

The goal of the training is to help equip participants to feel confident to take actions to address climate change in your community or Niagara County at large, either with educational outreach efforts or steward-led climate projects.

Cost is $75.00   Please email Amanda Henning with questions:


Amanda Henning
Agriculture & Food Systems Team Leader
(716) 433-8839 ext. 231

Last updated March 9, 2023