The 3-day Keystone training program is held each fall. Training focuses on forest ecology and management, wildlife management and land conservation. The training involves both indoor and field components. See a sample program. In addition to the intensive weekend training, participants are also given a significant amount of take-home resources. Room and board are covered with the exception of a modest registration fee. After becoming a Keystone Cooperator by attending the training program, UMass Extension continues to support graduates of the program, called Keystone Cooperators, through Keystone Reunions and Refresher Courses.
In exchange for this significant investment in training and resources Keystone Cooperators agree to return to their communities and volunteer at least 30-hours of their time to a project or projects of their choosing. Learn more about past Keystone Cooperator projects.
The Keystone program educates those in a position to make a difference for Forest Conservation; you do not need to be a forest landowner. Applications are reviewed for applicant experience, connectedness within the community, special skills, and diversity.
The next annual training will be held in October 2023, at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA in partnership with Women on the Land. As such, we are seeking women and gender minority applicants. Applications open June 12, and close September 22, 2023. Decisions will be made early October. Apply to the Keystone Training Program.