Stewardship 101 orientation class is usually held on the second Saturday of each month from September through March, and you will be assigned a mentor who will guide you and help you set a pathway to stewardship.
This class is the first step in learning what you need to know to become a steward. Stewardship 101 is an introduction to the Conservancy, the relationship between the Conservancy and City of Scottsdale, the mission of the Conservancy, what it means to be a steward, and meaningful ways in which stewards can get involved. You’ll learn about commitments, resources and tools available to you.
The orientation is fun. It includes “speed dating,” a fast-paced introduction to the programs by program leaders themselves. After Stewardship 101, you are required to participate in one activity in three different programs of your choice (total three activities), complete a Desert First Aid / CCC class and a Sonoran Desert 101 class. Finally, you will complete a simple, open book, online exercise to familiarize you with the website’s content before achieving stewardship. Mentors will help you plan to meet those requirements. On average, most Stewards-in-Training become stewards within six to eight weeks although some graduate more quickly!