Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Forest Service and State Park opportunities

Forest Service Offers Planning Tools for Your Fall Colors Vacation

The U.S. Forest Service is urging people to get outdoors, spend time in rural communities and urban forests, and enjoy one of nature's most spectacular seasons with its Fall Colors 2013 Campaign. The Forest Service has launched an online map to help visitors see if trees are peaking in their state. Another map will help visitors find a national forest nearest them to enjoy the colors of fall. For a more analogue approach to trip planning, the Forest Service is once again offering its Fall Colors Hotline – 1-800-354-4595. http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/2013/ 

Recruiting State Park Ambassadors

America’s State Parks (www.AmericasStateParks.org) announces its plans to recruit 2,000 new State Park Ambassadors in 2013. America’s State Parks is seeking young adults between the ages of 16 and 28 who enjoy the outdoors and like to write, blog, take pictures or videos, and use social media to communicate. Ambassadors have a chance to win prizes this summer and fall. Details can be found at:  http://www.AmericasStateParks.org/Recruit-Ambassadors. The State Park Ambassador Program is a youth-led movement started in 2010 that promotes and supports our national system of state parks, encourages healthy active outdoor lifestyles, connects people to nature, and increases public awareness of the value of the almost 8,000 “close to home” state parks around the nation representing some of America’s most valued natural, cultural and historic treasures. National project sponsors include the Coca-Cola Foundation and Stihl, Inc.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Wetlands Conference: Call for presentations

Environmental Lecture

Tom Gillespie of Emory University, is one of the top few researchers in the world looking at the transmission of disease among primates and the implications this has for understanding everything from the evolution of social behavior, to conservation strategies, to public health.

"Understanding the Ecology of Primate Infectious Diseases to Promote Biodiversity Conservation and Global Health", Thurs 26 Sept, 4:00 pm, Davis 308.

"Health and Future of the Gombe Chimpanzees: Eco-Epidemiology of Zoonotic Diseases", Fri 27 Sept, 10:00 am, Faraday 144

Tom's website:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studie




Ecosystem Field Studies

29, 2013 to January 14, 2014
Study, snorkel & SCUBA dive along the Caribbean coast of Mexico **
Gain valuable career skills in hands-on ecosystem field research *
Earn 3 undergraduate transfer credits during winter break *
An opportunity to apply your classroom & textbook learning while immersed in an
incredible Caribbean ecosystem setting!

Open to students from all universities & majors --
Accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula’s Environmental Studies Program -- EVST

291- Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies
for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits.

For all course information visit:

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Exploring Majors Fair

On Tuesday, September 24, the Academic Advising Center will be hosting the Exploring Majors Fair in the Duke Ellington Ballroom from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The fair is designed for all students who want to find out more about majors, minors, and other academic opportunities by allowing them the chance to speak with representatives from each of NIU's academic units in one centralized location. Additionally, the program benefits departments by providing an opportunity to showcase majors, minors, and programs to a wide variety of NIU students. Please promote this event in your classes and whenever you speak with students.
Again, this event is open for all students exploring their academic options--not just for those who are currently without a major.

If you have any questions, please contact the Academic Advising Center at (815) 753-2536.