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Green Guard Stewardship Program

About the program

Heartland Conservation Alliance’s Green Guard Stewardship Program connects community members to nature in their neighborhood and teaches them how to take care of it. In turn, preserving their natural areas helps them preserve their local identity. An appreciation for nature is a social value that can be learned from the stewards we train as they work in their community. As one’s sense of place evolves so does the pride they take in their community.  In February 2016, Heartland Conservation Alliance launched its first class of stewards partnering with East High School.

2024 Green Guard Stewardship Training

Funded by KC Water, the Green Guard Stewardship Training Program will increase community understanding and awareness of issues facing the Blue River and offer hands-on training to empower people to take action by serving as stewards. The training will focus on water quality education and engage new stewards with ideas for behavioral change across multiple generations.


The training program is FREE and open to any individual. Stewards who complete the training will receive a stipend at the final workshop.  All tools, instruction, and snacks will be provided as well. 


The hands-on training offers fellowship and positive experiences with nature to help change how people perceive nature, care for nature and interact with nature. Green Guard equips Stewards with the right resources and empowers them to address their needs for years to come through exposure to the positive health benefits of nature.

Registration for the 2024 KC Water Green Guard will be open soon!

Keep your eyes on our website, newsletter and social media for updates. 

Past Green Guard Programs

The Green Guard Stewardship Program has hosted with Ivanhoe, Blue Valley, Marlborough and Seven Oaks Neighborhoods. The neighborhood classes convened once a week for 10-12 weeks each spring and fall. A four 4-week version of Green Guard has also been hosted with HCA's Alliance partners across the Kansas City metro area with funding from KC Water.


The program provides a stipend and resources each week. Our partners help teach each class, introducing community members to a wide array of expertise and opportunities. The Green Guard Stewardship Program connects Kansas City communities to environmental knowledge and resources while improving environmental literacy in watershed health, plant identification, biodiversity, community engagement, green infrastructure, how to safely interact with wildlife in the city and land use. In addition, it increases community engagement within civic organizations who work to alleviate poverty by building capacity in order to protect natural areas for the enjoyment of all.

Below we have answered some of the frequently asked questions. For more information contact Jalen at


East High School Green Guard, 2019

  • Who should participate?
    We welcome community members, officials, teachers, local business owners and anyone else who wants to learn and have a voice in conservation! Our program is designed so students and adults can learn together. Anyone 14 years or older is welcome; younger participants must be accompanied by a family member 14 years or older. We encourage those who are interested to contact Sarah at for more information.
  • Does it cost anything?
    NO! Our program is free and will always be free. We are thankful for our sponsors and funders that help us provide this program to you at no cost. You will receive a small stipend at the end of the program because of the generous support of our partners.
  • What if I want to participate, but don't like all of the things that come with being out in nature?"
    It starts with learning about yourself and seeing how you fit in with the environment. It won't take long for you to be naturally drawn to the outdoors. This program will be a great start for you to learn more about nature and all the benefits it provides to you and your community (e.g. clean air, water, a place to recreate, a place to relax and habitat for wildlife).

Marlborough Green Guard, 2019

East High School

Spring 2019

2016 –2018

Seven Oaks
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