AmeriCorps NWF accepting applications through July 29

Special to The Log

AmeriCorps NWF Environmental Stewards is now taking applications for the 2015-2016 program year. The goal of AmeriCorps, a component of the National Service Network, is to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to help meet communities' critical education, public safety, environmental, and other human needs. AmeriCorps is often referred to as the "Domestic Peace Corps." Members gain an opportunity to make a big difference in their lives and in the lives of others.

The local AmeriCorps team serves Okaloosa and Walton Counties by working hard to protect and restore our precious natural resources. Winner of 2014’s Florida AmeriCorps Program of the Year, NWF Environmental Stewards partner with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) to provide a workforce that helps to implement and enhance important environmental programs. Primarily, NWF Environmental Stewards acts as a mobile education team, bringing Grasses in Classes — a monthly, hands-on environmental science education program--to around 2000 Okaloosa and Walton County third and fifth graders. When the NWF Environmental Stewards are not in the classroom, they take a direct role in the restoration of vital oyster, salt marsh, coastal dune lake and wetland habitats. Members of the NWF Environmental Stewards commit to 12 months of service and receive a living stipend, an educational award and limited benefits.

If you or someone you know is interested in spending a year serving our community, please go to to learn more about the program.