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Indiana Community Tree Stewards Program Fall 2019

Join us at Wesselman Woods to become a state-certified Tree Steward! The Tree Steward program is a course for adults who wish to learn about the disciplines of forestry in an urban setting. This program focuses on a broad range of topics related to urban forestry ecology and stewardship. Participants who complete the course are required to donate 15 hours of volunteer service to their community or state urban forestry programs. These hours can include tree planting, maintenance and care, advocacy for the urban forest, presentations on tree planting, care, or engaging and involving citizens in urban forestry.

The course includes lecture and hands-on learning opportunities both indoors and out of doors with local researchers, professors, and tree steward practitioners. Participants will receive the Indiana Community Tree Steward manual filled with information from each topic in the course. Those who complete the course must take a required exam and complete their 15 hours of service. After completion, the participant will receive a certificate signed by the State Forester, a lapel pin, and a copy of 101 Trees of Indiana. Let us make Indiana greener – become a certified Tree Steward with us at Wesselman Woods!

The following dates for Fall 2019 Tree Steward program are:

October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Cost: $40

Registration Deadline: September  25


Indiana Master Naturalist Course for Adults

Join Wesselman Nature Society for this exciting introductory program of nature discovery and service learning for adults. Topics will include geology & soils, native reptiles, tree & wildflower ID, Indiana ecology, and much more!

The course fee of $135 ($125 for WNS members) includes:
12 classes – morning or evening option
all course-related materials
IMN state accreditation (after completion of 30 service hours)

The Monday evening class meets 6 – 9 PM, February 4 – April 22. The Tuesday morning class meets 9 AM – 12 PM, February 5 – April 23. 

The registration deadline is January 30.

For more information on the state IMN program, visit

For more information on our course, contact Shelby Hall at 812 479-0771 x109 or



Nature Journaling for Adults

Connecting Our Story to Nature: Journaling to Understand Science is a yearlong nature journaling program, supported by a grant from Indiana Humanities. This program will provide opportunities for learners to notice, wonder, and connect to the world around them through the seasons. Each session will begin with a naturalist providing a nature artifact, quote, excerpt from a nature writer’s work, or physical experience and will continue as students record observations and reflections using writing, drawing, painting, or other methods of creative expression.

Journaling both teaches us how to think more scientifically and allows us to connect with our subjects through art and language. Additional prompts and learning tools will be shared via a private facebook group for the parents of enrolled students and for enrolled adults. A nominal fee of $12 per person will hold your spot for the entire year of programming. Class sizes are limited and registration is required.

Two identical sessions are being offered, 12:30 – 2:00 and 2:30 – 4:00. Adults’ nature journaling classes meet the following Sundays, and participants should make every effort to attend each session:

January 6
January 20
February 17
March 17
April 14
May 19
June 16
July 21
August 18
September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15

To register, visit

For more information, contact Alana Fligor at 812 479-0771 x106 or



Hoosier Riverwatch Program

Hoosier Riverwatch is a program of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Watershed Planning and Assessment Branch. The program began in Indiana to increase public awareness of water quality issues and concerns, by training volunteers to monitor stream water quality.

Wesselman Nature Society typically offers a training session each spring. For more information, contact Gena Garrett (information above) or visit the Hoosier Riverwatch website.

Hoosier Riverwatch Monitor Training

Date: TBA