Thursday, May 5, 2016

Boone County Conservation District Internship


The Boone County Conservation District is seeking applications for a Habitat Restoration Technician interns! Deadline has been extended until one more position is filled. Check out the link for further information.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Environmental Education Summit

Paid Summer Conservation Internship

R.E.A.P and Nature Fiesta Volunteer Opportunity

REAP Workday Volunteers gather at Kishwaukee Gorge Forest Preserve on April 16 to remove invasive plant species

Restoration. Education. Appreciation. Preservation.
R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday
Saturday, May 21st (9-Noon)
Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve
5801 Perryville Road, Cherry Valley  
(Afterwards, we'll join Nature Fiesta being held at 5360 Mulford Road!)  
RSVP and enjoy fresh air and exercise
Bring your family and friends!
Questions?  Simply call us at (815) 877-6100.  
Proper outdoor workday attire is recommended: long pants, 
long sleeve shirts,sturdy shoes/boots (no sandals, please).  
We'll supply the work gloves and snacks!
Click HERE for future R.E.A.P. Workday locations

Volunteers Needed for Nature Fiesta 2016
Saturday, May 21st (Noon-4pm, after the REAP Workday)
Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve
Celebrate local nature with our multicultural bilingual public event, "Nature Fiesta". Nature Fiesta includes a variety of environmental education activities designed to connect families with our local nature. Guided hikes, exhibits, games and crafts will help teach about monarchs, birds, wildflowers, rivers and other topics than can be explored in natural areas through the summer. 
 Contact Kim at (815) 877-6100 or e-mail to find out how you can help!  

"Making the Great Lakes Greater", Student Research Feature

Three NIU undergraduate students Cora Dyslin, Adam Czamanske, and Charlie Oliver are studying towns and counties around the Great Lakes region that are actively working to preserve and protect those waterways. By doing so, they hope to uncover strategies  other communities can use to improve lakes and rivers across the country. All three are working alongside Eric Zeemering, who teaches in NIU’s nationally respected Master of Public Administration Program, and who works with the university’s Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Antibiotic Water Contamination Research Opportunity

Seeking an undergraduate with a strong work ethic to carry out antibiotic water contamination research. Research will begin as soon as possible and can count towards independent study credit. 

Must be comfortable with basic excel and algebra,  creating precise dilutions using a pipette and scale, and performing time sensitive tests. Training will be provided and project will be overseen by Tia Willens. 

Research centers around applying IDEXX Dairy Snap kits to test for antibiotic residues in water. These kits are currently used in the dairy industry to monitor antibiotics in milk. 

If interested, please contact Tia Willens at for more information.