LISBON – The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties will offer habitat stewards, a volunteer education program, in cooperation with the National Wildlife Federation this fall.

It is scheduled on alternate Saturdays, beginning Sept. 11 and ending on Nov. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties’ Extension office in Lisbon Falls, with two local field trips planned. the extension faculty and other experts will be presenters on a variety of topics.

Participants in the program learn to enhance habitat for wildlife in yards, schoolyards, workplaces and other public and private spaces in our communities. In return for 30 hours of training, they volunteer 50 hours mentoring others to enhance wildlife habitat, or on habitat projects. No experience or education is required to become a habitat steward. The program provides the knowledge and skills to support volunteer activities.

Because class size is limited, applications will be screened for people who commit to the communtiy volunteering expectation and have enthusiasm for community service, wildlife, and habitat enhancement. All applications must be received before Aug. 23. The $50 program fee will cover basic costs. For more information and an application form, contact the extension office at 800-287-1458 or 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls, ME 04252.

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