Calumet Stewardship Initiative

Our Work

Calumet Stewardship Initiative (CSI) engages residents and member organizations in partnerships that advance nature education, environmental stewardship, scientific discovery, cultural understanding, and economic growth. Our members collaborate on projects that enhance long-term ecological and community sustainability in Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois.

CSI member organizations take action in three primary focus areas:

Land Stewardship: The Stewardship Team focuses on ecological restoration efforts throughout the Calumet region. Stewardship Team members train and recruit volunteer stewards, hold regular stewardship workdays, and assess stewardship needs for the region.

Environmental Education: The Education Team coordinates environmental education opportunities throughout the Calumet region. Our members provide environmental education activities to schools and families, offer teachers professional development workshops, and connect people to nature in Calumet.

Smart Growth: The Smart Growth Team engages communities in projects that sustain and improve the region’s quality of life. Projects have focused on green corridor connections, smart stormwater management, and native landscaping.

Mighty Acorns summer campers explore the ecology of the Calumet River. Photo credit: Sandi Weindling, Dunes Learning Center. 2012.

Savanna restoration area at Bur Oak Woods. Photo Credit: Paul Quinlan, Shirley Heinze Land Trust. July, 2012.

Plant Identification Class at Eggers Woods. Photo Credit: Laura Milkert, The Field Museum. September, 2011.

Dunes Learning Center’s 3 day, 2 night, "Frog in the Bog" program combines discovery, adventure, and fun with math, science, and social studies. Photo credit: Dunes Learning Center. 2006.

Volunteers planting trees at "Beans Park," 107th Street and Ave. D, next to the Burnham Greenway.  Photo credit: Judy Lihota, Calumet Ecological Park Association.  September 11, 2011.


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