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Our Work

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Image courtesy of Natural Areas Preservation (TSN Spring Challenge 2023)
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Together for Nature

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, The Stewardship Network (TSN) is an award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a 20-year history of caring for our natural world. With deep roots across the Great Lakes and emerging presences across the country, we continue to build an ever larger and more impactful network of place-based collectives doing the most important work of our lifetimes. Though every TSN Member Community we serve varies in size, shape, and focus, each is a vibrant alliance of diverse stakeholders, working tirelessly and working together.

Think of us as the broad trunk of a tree, sustaining an expanding canopy of flowering branches. While we’re removing administrative hurdles and supporting TSN Member Communities with vital, right-sized, centralized services, they’re out in the field pouring thousands and thousands of annual work hours into our ecosystems. The “branches” then return their hard-won lessons and best practices to us so we can disseminate them to all. It’s a model suited to the scale of modern challenges and we’re just getting started.

Our Mission

We exist to CONNECT, EQUIP, and MOBILIZE people and organizations to care for land and water in their communities

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The Stewardship Network has become an enormous nexus of relevant, specialized knowledge through decades of successful collaboration. While that hard-earned wisdom is leveraged all year long in service of our TSN Member Communities, we chose long ago to dedicate a meaningful portion of our energies to sharing these learnings with the widest audience possible. Today, those activities include:
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The Stewardship Network provides backbone support and technology systems to TSN Member Communities across the nation. Our approach builds inclusivity and diversity into land stewardship efforts and we fully embrace the unique supporting role we play in sparking change through these team efforts. Current TSN services include:
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Through our Member Communities Program, TSN makes collaborative ecological stewardship accessible to everyone, empowering stewards from all walks of life and experience levels to care for our environment together. Every day we build and sustain this diverse network of individuals and organizations to make real impact and generate new solutions to the pressing socio-ecological issues of our time. The work we do with and through our TSN Member Communities is the heart of our organization and is absolutely vital to humanity’s shared future: