Alternative Spring Break: Restoration Ecology in the Cook County Forest Preserves

College students! Spend your 2015 spring break gaining valuable experience and learning environmental land management skills in the oldest and largest Forest Preserve in the nation by becoming an Alternative Spring Break Land Management Crew Volunteer.

Restoration volunteers work at Deer Grove East forest preserve (source: FPDCC)

Restoration volunteers work at Deer Grove East forest preserve (source: FPDCC)

The Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) create an emerald jewel around the City of Chicago comprised of 69,000 acres of a variety of ecosystems. Learn about how the FPCC manages these valuable natural resources, the tools used to do the job, and ways we are adapting to environmental changes in a highly urbanized environment. Typical work days include invasive species removal, brush pile burning, tree care and removal, herbicide application, prescription burning and other general land management responsibilities.

More information and application details are available here: pdf.

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