The Calumet Stewardship Initiative is offering a special training series for volunteers who are dedicated to environmental stewardship. The 2014 Volunteer Leadership Training Series will educate participants about the ecology of the Calumet region and help them develop the skills necessary to become leaders in monitoring and managing natural resources at local waterways and nature preserves.
Staff from Shirley Heinze Land Trust, The Field Museum, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Chicago Park District, Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Openlands are working together to host the series, which will consist of four workshops held on Saturdays between Feb 22 and April 19. Participants will be required to attend volunteer events at local nature preserves in the intervening weeks to apply their knowledge and gain mentorship from other local land stewards. The course will begin with an overview of the geology, hydrology, ecology and cultural history of the region. Then, participants will gain hands-on experience in leading volunteers in the field, coordinating volunteer workday events and safely conducting tasks such as burning brush. Some workshops will also satisfy additional training requirements needed to volunteer with the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
“We are very pleased to be working with our partners to offer this training series again,” says Paul Quinlan, Stewardship Director for Shirley Heinze Land Trust. “The previous series, held in 2012, really helped to cultivate some of our best volunteers – folks who are still very active in our mission today.”
Registration is required by February 7. A $40 registration fee covers course materials. Scholarships are available. Click here more information and to register http://goo.gl/kZr9h3