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Meet the Naturalist- Lunchtime Hikes

Common Sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale

Lunchtime Hikes with the Naturalist

I look forward to meeting more students, staff, and faculty during my first year here as the Naturalist! Join me for a monthly lunchtime hike on alternating first Tuesday/Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm, Sept-May.  We will meet rain/snow/shine and will cancel only for severe weather, so dress appropriately. The first hike is scheduled for Tuesday September 3, 12-1pm.. This month we will begin at the Lee Center Outdoor Classroom. However, meeting place is subject to change depending on season.

September Hike- Tuesday 9/3, 12-1pm

September is a great time to explore the color, diversity, and abundance of the late-summer prairie. Areas of focus will be later blooming plants of the sunflower family, insects, and observing changes in animal behaviors as winter approaches. Whether you want to learn native plant & animal ID or simply want to get some fresh air outdoors, all are welcome.  This will be a light hike over trails, pavement, and some grass. Hiking shoes are recommended.

Lunchtime Hike Schedule

Tuesday 12-1pmWednesday 12-1pm
September 3- Meet @ Lee Center Outdoor ClassroomOctober 2
November 5December 4
January 7February 5
March 3April 1
May 5
Whorled Milkweed, Asclepias verticillata, with Great Black Wasp, Sphex pensylvanicus


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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: www.theurbancanopy.org/careers
Please contact Joseph Taylor, Farmer's Market Lead, The Urban Canopy<http://www.theurbancanopy.org/>,
1400 W. 46th Street Chicago, IL 60609
Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/TheUrbanCanopy>

  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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Earth Week 2019, Session Descriptions

Visit here for a calendar of events.

Bird Walk: Paul Gulezian, assistant biology professor (Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.) Walk the grounds of the Des Plaines campus and discover what birds are living near us or visiting for the season. Binoculars and field guides will be provided.

Wildling Kin: Chicago’s More-than-Human Worlds:Gavin Van Horn, Director, Cultures of Conservation at the Center for Humans and Nature Stories provide a bridge between the sciences and the humanities, offering a critical means of communicating and reflecting upon urban wildlife issues. Join Gavin Van Horn, the author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds (University of Chicago Press, 2018), in exploring the importance of story as a means to knowing the city and its nonhuman denizens. Van Horn will highlight his recently published book as well as the “City Creatures” project, which he leads for the Center for Humans and Nature. Comprised of an interdisciplinary collective of authors and artists, this project utilizes the power of art, poetry, and personal narrative to draw attention to urban animals and our shared urban habitats. Van Horn will draw examples from the City Creatures Blog; the edited volume City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness (University of Chicago Press, 2015); and The Way of Coyote to illustrate the ways in which stories can deepen appreciation for the ways in which our lives are entangled with urban wildlife. Funding provided by a grant from the Oakton Educational Foundation to the Environmental Studies Concentration.

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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. 


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Nature Center Host (paid position, weekends only)

Location:  Spring Valley Nature Center

Weekend Nature Center Host
Seasonal (April – Oct.); Weekends (Sat & Sun, 10:30a.m.-5:00p.m.)

Job Description:The Weekend Nature Center Host position at Spring Valley Nature Center is a seasonal, part-time position responsible for delivering welcoming, informative, safe and enjoyable experiences for visitors to the Nature Center and Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground.  This individual will actively engage with the public, facilitate interactive experiences that support Spring Valley’s educational mission and be an available presence to answer questions and provide information about the site.  

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TreeKeepers Course in March

TreeKeepers is running a forestry volunteer training program at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs beginning in late March. TreeKeepers learn how to help keep trees green and growing, volunteering in a variety of situations from street tree care and tree planting to woodland stewardship and advocacy.

The TreeKeepers Program is an eight day course with classroom and field components. Lessons are taught by nationally and world-renowned experts. Some of the topics covered include tree biology, soils, tree identification, pruning, tree selection, planting and mulching, and pests and diseases. The certification course costs $128 (limited scholarships available). Included in the tuition are a TreeKeepers Program Manual, safety glasses, and upon graduation, a TreeKeepers certificate, badge, and a t-shirt.

If you’re interested in becoming a Certified TreeKeeper, please contact Al De Reu (adereu@openlands.org). For more information about the program, please visit http://www.openlands.org/treekeepers.


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Student Conservation Association openings for all female crew in Chicago!!

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is
America’s #1 conservation service organization.
We’re seeking female crew member applicants to
conserve natural areas in the Chicago Park District!

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work alongside a crew of 10 young-adult women, ages
18-25, to complete various conservation projects within
Chicago Park District natural areas. Activities include using
hand and power tools to complete projects such as:
trail/park maintenance; habitat restoration; invasive species
removal; herbicide application; and leading stewardship
days. Crew member’s work will focus on projects at the
following sites: Hegewisch Marsh, Indian Ridge Marsh,
Big Marsh, Sherman Park, Washington Park, McKinley
Park, Ping Tom Park, and the Burnham Wildlife Corridor.
The crew will also participate in environmental education
workshops, certificate trainings and outdoor recreation.

APPLY TODAY!
Email resume and cover letter to both Daiva Gylys at
dgylys@thesca.org and CM Tena at ctena@thesca.org
with subject line “2019 All Women’s Crew.”
Apply Early! Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.
thesca.org

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