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Become an Ecological Restoration Leader in 2012

2012 is here. What will you do this year? Do you want to improve your community? Meet others interested in nature conservation? Get outside and have fun? Learn new skills? If so, we have just the thing for you!

Photo: Laura Milkert

The Calumet Stewardship Initiative Volunteer Leader Training Course 

The Calumet Stewardship Initiative is hosting a five-part volunteer workday leader training course in 2012. The free training program is designed for individuals interested in taking part in and leading local ecological restoration activities in the Calumet Region. Participants will learn the basics of ecological restoration, how to successfully lead a volunteer restoration workday, control invasive species, and identify native plants.

The class series will be held once a month on Saturdays at various Calumet natural areas in both Indiana and Illinois. The format will be a mix of classroom and field-based trainings, with space for practical, hands-on learning.

Following the course, participants will have the opportunity to fill specific volunteer roles at nature preserves throughout the Calumet Region. Interested participants are asked to contact Rebecca Schillo at The registration deadline is January 27, 2012.

Sponsored by: The Field Museum, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Save the Dunes, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Chicago Park District, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and Friends of the Parks.