The Natural Land Institute has been awarded a grant of $7,500 by the Community Needs Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
Jerry Paulson, Natural Land Institute executive director, said the grant will be used to expand opportunities for community service and hands-on experiences for children and young adults interested in conservation and the natural sciences.
Paulson said the grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will give the Natural Land Institute additional resources to engage youth in activities such as monitoring water quality, conducting plant and animal surveys and collecting and planting seeds for restoration of prairies and wetlands at the Nygren Wetland Preserve and along Kinnikinnick Creek. Programs with students from the Regional Learning Academy will be expanded, and the Natural Land Institutes Explorer Scout Post will be resumed.
The Natural Land Institute has helped preserve more than 12,000 acres of natural land to protect native plants and animals during the last 45 years, Paulson said. The need for direct involvement by young people has grown since we began restoring land at the Nygren Wetland Preserve, Colman Dells and at other northern Illinois sites.