Derek Stedman was so distressed by the loss of natural lands that he and his wife, Amory, not only created a backyard habitat for wildlife at their Newtown Square home, but they also signed up as volunteer habitat stewards with the National Wildlife Federation.
That still wasn't enough. So Stedman qualified as one of the foundation's habitat-steward hosts, and he and Maureen Carbery of West Chester created the Habitat Resource Network of Southeast Pennsylvania.
Today, they will launch their first training program on the grounds of the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford for others who want to be stewards of the environment. Their students, mostly from Chester and Delaware Counties, will learn about the wildlife federation's habitat programs during three days of training. Then they will pledge to volunteer 50 hours over the next year helping to create more wildlife habitats.