Alternative Spring Break 2016: Restoration Ecology in the Cook County Forest Preserves

(source: FPDCC)

(source: FPDCC)

College students! Spend your 2016 spring break gaining valuable experience and learning environmental land management skills in the oldest and largest Forest Preserve in the nation by becoming a Land Management Crew Volunteer in their Alternative Spring Break program.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) create an emerald jewel around the City of Chicago. Learn about how the FPCC manages these valuable natural resources, the tools used to do the job, and ways they 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.

Applicants may choose a week from March 7 – March 28 to work. Click here to view the FPCC’s Alternative Spring Break 2016 poster (pdf) for more information, or click here to apply.

From the FPCC website:

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, with more than 69,000-acres, is the largest forest preserve district in the United States. It receives an estimated 40 million visits each year, providing an escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities. Within its boundaries are rare habitats that offer plant and animal diversity on par with the rainforests of the world. This natural heritage offers something for everyone.

Please direct any questions about the program to Joe Swano:

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