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Illinois-Indiana Master Watershed Steward Program

Notes on the Event Schedule Change
We unfortunately are postponing this program until next summer, 2025. Due to unexpected circumstances and staff capacity shortages, we are unable to deliver the program at the quality that we would like. We are very sorry to postpone the program and are grateful for your interest in promoting watershed health in Cook County.
If you're interested in participating next summer, please fill out our interest form so we can keep you updated on the program's launch.
Photo of Lake Michigan and Chicago skyline. Text reads: Illinois-Indiana Master Watershed Steward Program, Cook County 2024 Cohort
Event Date(s)
Multiple locations
Event Fee
Become a community leader in water conservation! Join our inaugural cohort!

IL-IN Master Watershed Stewards:

  • Trains and supports community leaders to serve and support the protection and conservation of land and water resources.
  • Helps develop a network of stewards to serve their communities as catalysts for local environmental conservation through education, research and stewardship.
  • Promotes awareness and appreciation for ecological resources.
  • Offers 8 online classes and 2 in-person field trips around Cook County. Select Thursdays and weekends, June 6-August 1.


  • Be able to complete the entire course: 8 2-hour sessions, 2 fieldtrips, and out of class homework.
  • Be a Cook County resident.
  • Be interested in environmental stewardship and building resilient communities.

Cost: $20, fee waivers available.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact