How to Start, Manage and Revitalize Your Stewardship Group
Our three-part guidance from experienced stewards will assist you on how to form a new group, how to manage and grow your group, and, for the weary or burnt-out, how to revitalize your group.
Getting Started - Forming a New Stewardship Group
A checklist for people who are considering stewardship
How to Start a Stewardship Group
About The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
Sketch in Your Goals
Briefly Identify Your Partners
Identify Core Volunteers
Identify Your Agency Partners.
Identify Other Supporters.
Build Your Starting Organization
Enlist Stewardship Mentors
Form a Steering Committee
Connect with the Agency Which Manages Your Wilderness
Decide on a Name
Join the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
Draft Mission and Case Statements
Brainstorm Strategies / Dream
Move from Steering Committee to Formal Organization
Create a Board of Directors
Raise Start-up Money
Settle Your Basic Organizational Structure
Draft Articles of Incorporation
Open a bank account
Set Up Needed Committees
Design a logo / Establish your Identity
Investigate Liability Coverage
Get Structures Set Up for Your Volunteers
Get Out There!
Move to Maturity
Obtain 501(c)(3) Status
Establish Sound Fiscal Management
Launch a Fundraising Campaign
Launch a Membership Campaign
Formalize your relationship with your agency partner
Get Out There and Have Fun!
How to Start a Wilderness Stewardship Group