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December Hike Into the Woods

Wednesday, December 4, 12-1pm

We’ll explore the woods and discover the ways it remains a living, dynamic system despite the oncoming winter. We will also take a moment to contemplate how we can incorporate the forest’s teachings into our lives at this time of year.

Meeting Location is outside of exit 10, near the Performing Arts Center, Athletics Office and Parking Lot A

2019-2020 Hike Dates
September 3Tuesday, 12-1pm
October 2Wednesday, 12-1pm
November 5Tuesday, 12-1pm
December 4- Meet @ Exit 10Wednesday, 12-1pm
January 7Tuesday, 12-1pm
February 5Wednesday, 12-1pm
March 3Tuesday, 12-1pm
April 1Wednesday, 12-1pm
May 5Tuesday, 12-1pm

Lunchtime hikes are on alternating first Tuesdays/Wednesdays of each month from 12-1pm, Sept-May.  We will meet rain/snow/shine and will cancel only for severe weather, so please dress appropriately.

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Power Up: Exploring Alternative Energy Careers, Thursday November 14, 2019

Join other teens and college students in learning more about the current state of alternative energy in our world, the career prospects now and in the future, and how you can best prepare yourself to be part of this shift. Contact today to get involved!

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October Hike With The Naturalist

Wednesday, October 2, 12-1 PMmeet @ Lee Center Outdoor Classroom

This month’s hike will take us out of our busy schedules and into the peaceful, relaxing woods. We’ll take time to re-balance & explore while learning about the forest that makes this campus so special. Long pants, socks covering ankles, and hiking shoes are recommended due to off-trail walking.

Lunchtime Hike Schedule

Tuesday 12-1 Wednesday 12-1
September 3 October 2
meet @ Lee Outdoor Classroom  
November 5 December 4
January 7 February 5
March 3 April 1
May 5

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Seasonal Farmer’s Market Positions for Urban Canopy

Urban Canopy is a small farm here in Chicago and they are currently looking to hire seasonal and Market Managers for some of the Farmer's Markets they will be attending this Summer. We are looking to spread this opportunity to students in Chicago interested in learning about the local food system. 

Careers Page:
Please contact Joseph Taylor, Farmer's Market Lead, The Urban Canopy<>,
1400 W. 46th Street Chicago, IL 60609

  Job Description: Farmers Market Booth Manager 
    Summary:       The Urban Canopy is a young and diverse organization working on cutting edge issues at the intersection of  urban agriculture and sustainable food. We are seeking a skilled Farmers Market Booth Manager to  represent The Urban Canopy at farmers markets by selling locally grown food at farmers markets, engaging in  conversation with market-goers, networking with local vendors, educating people about & enlisting them for  UC services, and performing community outreach. Booth Managers represent and maintain all of The Urban  Canopy’s environmental, economic, and social missions.   
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Creating Justice: A Celebration of Art in People’s Movements, April 20

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 1 – 8 p.m., Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus

  • Workshops, presentations, and art making from 1 – 6:30 p.m. (Ten Hoeve Center)
  • Free dinner and live music show by ¡ÉSSO! from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Oakton Cafeteria)
  • This event is free and open to all. Please register! Full schedule coming soon.

Presentations, workshops and performances:

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Audubon Habitat Restoration Paid Internships–Apply Now!

For over a decade, Audubon Great Lakes has trained young adults for careers in conservation through our Audubon Wings Internship program. Annually, Audubon hires, trains, and supervises Restoration Interns, who work on lands managed by the Forest Preserves of Cook County and Chicago Park District, respectively.

The Audubon Habitat Restoration Internship is a 16-20 week program focusing on ecological restoration and land stewardship. Interns are seasonal, full-time (40 hour/week) employees and provided competitive hourly salary. Interns work outside in various extreme weather conditions and must be able to commit to a flexible schedule throughout the program, as weather determines the workday. Previous experience in habitat restoration is not required, but interns are expected to complete necessary trainings and certifications in order to complete assigned projects in the field. During the program, interns will carry-out work orders to remove invasive vegetation, collect and distribute native seeds, plant native plugs, and participate in prescribed burns.

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Nature Instructor (part-time)

  • Nature Instructor (part-time)
  • Location:  Friendship Park Conservatory
  • For more details, and to apply–click HERE

    Mt. Prospect Park District was incorporated in June 1955 and is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Chicago. Encompassing more than 454 acres, the Park District provides recreation programs, facilities and services to portions of Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village with a total population of 215,000. Mt. Prospect Park District offers its residents a total of 32 parks and recreational facilities including, a 3-1/2 star golf course, neighborhood playgrounds, pools, fitness centers, ball diamonds, biking and walking paths. We are searching for part-time, Nature Instructor. The Nature Instructor is responsible for creating and presenting educational and outdoor skill programs for children including, but not limited to insects, food chains, animals, birds, ecology, and nature. Must be at least 21 years old.The pay range for this position is $8.25-$11.00 per hour.