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Saturday, February 23
 

10:15am

Artecito: Art Creation that Deepens Environmental Understanding
OPEN Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Park Zoo collaborated to create a family program in the Little Village community. This program, Artecito, provides events for nature learning and art activities in different locations in the neighborhood. We will share our experiences as well as show ways nature content can be more deeply understood through the arts.

Presenters
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Eduardo Camacho

Community Learning Facilitator, Lincoln Park Zoo
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Luis Crespo

OPEN Center for the Arts
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Alma Dominguez

OPEN Center for the Arts
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Ali Schneiderman

Lincoln Park Zoo


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
rms. 54, 56, 58

10:15am

Creating a Forum to Discuss Urban Green Space Through the Lens of Community Health and Safety
This panel will highlight the work of the Marshall Square Resource Network, a coalition of over 40 community groups led by Latinos Progresando, working together toward goals that increase community wellness in Little Village. Panelists will share the successes and challenges of engaging community members and partner organizations in conversations about green space through the lens of community health.

Moderators
avatar for Forrest Cortes

Forrest Cortes

Community Stewardship Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy and Chicago Park District, The Nature Conservancy and Chicago Park District

Presenters
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Dan Fulwiler

CEO, Esperanza Health Centers
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Jennifer Idrovo

Neighborhood Network Director, Latinos Progresando
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Gladiz Nava

Community Outreach Coordinator, Openlands
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Adela Perez

Community Engagement Coordinator, Latinos Progresando
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Julia Vega

Parent, Kanoon Elementary School


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
rms. 40, 41

10:15am

Social Media: The Modern Digital Ecosystem
Social media channels are diverse ecosystems of the digital age. It can be difficult to determine how to grow your social network. The COD social media team, with more than 25,000 followers between platforms, shares best practices, ideas, and answers to your social media questions. They will demonstrate how to expand your social reach beyond your industry and position yourself as a thought leader.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Calhoun

Amy Calhoun

Marketing & Communications, College of DuPage Marketing Department


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
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10:15am

SPLIT SESSION: Inspiring Help and Community Engagement / The Friends of Cook County Forest Preserves
Inspiring Help and Community Engagement
Patricia Hayes, Volunteer Site Steward, Orland Grassland (FPCC)
Things change, they stay the same, never so true when it comes to engaging the human spirit.  Outreach tools are many, varied, and changing.  Reaching people with a compelling message confounds the best of communicators.  What stays the same is knowing your subject and your audiences and conforming to them.  The presenters will talk about these basics and lead an interactive discussion to get you started or try new methods.

The Friends of Cook County Forest Preserves
Hillary Peters, Radhika Miraglia, Friends of the Forest Preserves and Eriko Kojima, Volunteer Steward (FPCC) 
This presentation will discuss how Friends of the Forest Preserves (FOTFP) works with volunteers and stewards in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. It will highlight how FOTFP supports ecological restoration through its partnership with volunteers. The three speakers will talk about their first hand experience with the many volunteers they work with.

Presenters
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Patrcia Hayes

Volunteer Site Steward, Orland Grassland (FPCC)
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Eriko Kojima

Volunteer steward
Life is beautiful and each day is a precious gift I accept with gratitude. I strive to live it with humility, a sense of humor and detachment. Towards all who cross my path I offer love, kindness and positivity. I dedicate each day to serve the earth and its creatures. Let's do it... Read More →
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Radhika Miraglia

Friends of the Forest Preserves
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Hillary Peters

Crew Manager, Friends of the Forest Preserves


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
rms. 55,57

11:15am

Chicago Nature: Spreading the Good Word
The Chicago region is home to more natural area than 35 of the 59 national parks and more native plant species than ANY national park. Yet, most Chicagoans are unaware. So, photographer Mike MacDonald created ChicagoNatureNow.com to help Chicagoans fall in love with local nature. Come and be inspired by beauty, and learn how to use the website to spread the good word and to spark volunteerism at your site. Visit ChicagoNatureNOW! for more information


Presenters
avatar for Mike MacDonald

Mike MacDonald

President, ChicagoNatureNOW!
I'm a conservation photographer, writer, and public speaker. (See www.ChicagoNature.com) But most of all, I'm a Nature Matchmaker. My mission is help Chicagoans fall in love with Chicago nature and to, ultimately, increase the number of volunteers who work to restore our precious... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
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11:15am

Effective Use of Social Media for Stewards and Conservation Organizations
Whether you’re a steward building a volunteer network, a conservation organization promoting its programs, or a foundation communicating with donors, social media can play an important role. 3 presenters will share their insights into effectively and affordably using social media in recruiting, marketing, educating, entertaining, and motivating your audiences. Audience questions and comments follow.

Presenters
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Brian Basilico

B2b Interactive Marketing
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Jim Cudney

President, 12 Moons Group
Earth-rider, communications specialist, photographer. My company, The 12 Moons Group does online marketing and development for companies and organizations. I also work at Red Buffalo Nursery doing natural areas restoration and am a volunteer steward at Salamander Springs, a Dundee... Read More →
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Caitlynn Martinez-McWhorter

Social Media Specialist, McHenry County Conservation District
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April M. Williams

Volunteer Steward, Steward Dundee Township Open Space and Cyberlife Tutors
Dixie Briggs Fromm Nature Preserve, a 66 acre Illinois State Nature Preserve in Algonquin, IL. is my happy place. The best volunteers ever join me there the first Saturday of each month. Come out and see how much fun we have while restoring this remnant prairie. I am active with... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
rm. 44

11:15am

PHNRC - How We Created a Successful Stewardship Organization
Starting with a dream, the Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission has become a successful volunteer organization.  Armed with knowledge, imagination, curiosity, relentless ambition and the good will of volunteers and city counterparts, the PHNRC has achieved beyond what should have been possible. Commissioners will explain what they did, how they did it and their challenges and successes.

Presenters
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John Kamysz

Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission
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Edward Madden

Commissioner, Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission
We are working to restore several natural areas in our community.
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Seth Marcus

Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission
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Jill Moskal

Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission
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Dana Sievertson

Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission
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agnes wojnarski

Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
rms. 55,57

11:15am

Programa ProTEJA: A Partnership for the Conservation of Nature and Empowerment of Communities
We will present on the collaboration of Enlace Chicago and Lincoln Park Zoo to create Programa ProTEJA – a nature program in the Little Village community. Using the train the trainer model, the zoo teaches the curriculum to neighborhood leaders, who teach a group of educators, who facilitate the lessons. Both organizations will discuss their experience and the program’s impact on the community.

Presenters
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Amanda Benitez

Director of Community Health, Enlace Chicago
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Gregoria Marquez

Enlace Chicago
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Silvia Montoya

Enlace Chicago
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Maria Herrera

Public Health Coordinator, Enlace Chicago
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Ana Ruiz Perez

Lincoln Park Zoo
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Ali Schneiderman

Lincoln Park Zoo


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
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11:15am

SPLIT SESSION: The Past, Present, and Future of TreeKeepers / Project Quercus: Conserving Oaks on Private Land in McHenry County
The Past, Present, and Future of TreeKeepers
Al De Reu , Openlands
Openlands TreeKeepers Program has trained nearly 2,000 volunteers over 27 years. As Openlands looks to expand this program, various challenges exist, from cultural and linguistic barriers to municipal workers’ hesitation to working with volunteers. Efforts must be made to reach new audiences, sustain current volunteers, and engage new municipal partners in order to expand the TreeKeepers model.

Project Quercus: Conserving Oaks on Private Land in McHenry County
Lisa Haderlein , The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
The Oak Recovery Plan for the Chicago Region identifies work with private landowners as a key to successful oak conservation. Lessons learned from twelve years of implementing The Land Conservancy of McHenry County's Project Quercus will be shared to help inspire and inform others in the region working to tackle conservation of the 70% of the region's oaks that are located on private property.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Haderlein

Lisa Haderlein

Executive Director, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
I have been Executive Director at The Land Conservancy of McHenry County since 2002. Currently, I serve as a Network Architect for the Vital Lands Illinois project, and was previously a board member for the Prairie State Conservation Coalition. I am passionate about oak conservation... Read More →
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Al De Reu

TreeKeepers Program Manager, Openlands


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
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12:30pm

From a Cup to the Community: How Monarch Butterflies Have Migrated Into the Hearts of Chicago Families
In this storytelling session, we’ll share what families are doing to take care of monarchs in their own neighborhoods, after leaving the nature center with a caterpillar in a cup. Creating a ripple effect of monarch mania in the community, these families are metamorphosing hearts and homes. Easy and low-cost/free how-to ideas of raising monarchs will also be shared.

NOTE: Lunch Session times and durations may change. Please check back before conference day to confirm.

Presenters
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Liza Fischel

Chicago Park District, North Park Village Nature Center
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Sean Shaffer

Naturalist, Chicago Park District


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
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12:30pm

Hackmatack NWR - Case Study
Hackmatack NWR, has core habitats large enough to provide secure nesting habitat for area-dependent birds and wildlife corridors. Large natural areas will be critical support of viable populations of wildlife and vegetation. It can also assist in the moderation of extreme weather events and mitigation planning, while providing critical green infrastructure and nature-based adaptation support.

Presenters
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Steven Byers

Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
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Vince Mosca

Senior Ecologist, Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
rm. 48

12:30pm

Plant Love Stories LIVE@Wild Things
Plant Love Stories are stories about plants that have a special place in our lives - we believe that everyone has a plant love story. This session will begin with an introduction to the Plant Love Stories website. The main event will be a series of speakers telling 3-5 minute plant love stories. At the end there will be an opportunity for audience members to tell their stories.

NOTE: Lunch Session times and durations may change. Please check back before conference day to confirm.

Presenters
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Rebecca Barak

Chicago Botanic Garden


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
rms. 52, 53

12:30pm

Telling The Conservation Story - Best Practices In Traditional and Social Media
Telling the Conservation Story - A panel of public affairs and outreach specialists will host an interactive discussion about best practices in traditional and social media and new approaches to public engagement. What has worked well? How and why? Audience participation is encouraged.

NOTE: Lunch Session times and durations may change. Please check back before conference day to confirm.

Presenters
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Stacina Stagner

Communications Manager, The Forest Preserves of Cook County
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Gelasia Croom

Associate Director Of Communications, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois
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Brandon Hayes

Director of Communications, Openlands
Brandon Hayes has spent his entire career in nonprofit communications. Before Openlands, he was at the youth arts education organization, Marwen, and was a publicist for Goodman Theatre. Additionally, he is a photographer and essayist, chronicling all fifty-nine US National Parks... Read More →
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Vera Leopold

Grants Manager & Development Associate, The Wetlands Initiative


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
rm. 46

12:30pm

Vibrant Communities—People & Nature; A Listening and Engagement Session
Chicago Wilderness, a diverse alliance of close to 200 members, envisions a vibrant region where people and nature thrive together. This ‘listening session’ and guided discussion will help shape the future direction of CW. Share your voice and ideas for what CW can do and be.

NOTE: Lunch Session times and durations may change. Please check back before conference day to confirm.

Presenters
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Mark Bouman

Field Museum
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lorena lopez

Field Museum
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Laura Milkert

Field Museum
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Laura Reilly

Chicago Wilderness


Saturday February 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
rms. 42, 43

1:30pm

Building Green Connections in Your Community
Get creative with your connections. We often overlook many "outside the box" opportunities to collaborate with the local entities in our towns. When missions overlap, why not partner instead of compete? The Glen Ellyn Park District has worked with schools, service groups, churches, libraries, businesses, village commissions, and non-profits to offer environmental stewardship and educational opportunities.

Presenters
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Renae Frigo

Naturalist, Glen Ellyn Park District


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
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1:30pm

Community Outreach and Chicago Park District Nature Centers
Do you find it challenging to differentiate “outreach” and “marketing” while developing Community Outreach? Are you interested in finding new ways to engage volunteers or be of service to the community? Hear from Chicago Park District Nature Centers on new, practical approaches to community engagement. Learn about outreach strategies for field trips and timebanking as a method to foster exchange.

Presenters
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Teishetta Daniel

Chicago Park District
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Amaris Alanis Ribeiro

Center Director, North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago Park District
The North Park Village Nature Center is a public facility with 46 acres of nature preserve, open 7 days a week, and provides year-round programs that serve more than 50,000 yearly visitors. Amaris is experienced in environmental science education, coordinating community engagement... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
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1:30pm

Linking Ecosystems, Crossing Boundaries: The Barrington Greenway Initiative
The Barrington area is at the heart of 4 counties, 6 villages, and 2 townships all with disconnected conservation plans. By forming a strategic partnership between county forest preserve districts and multiple conservation non-profits, the Barrington Greenway Initiative is making headway towards connecting and restoring thousands of acres of natural area. Learn who we are and what we are doing!

Presenters
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Kevin Scheiwiller

Restoration Manager, Citizens for Conservation


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
rms. 52, 53

2:10pm

Building a Vibrant Stewardship Community: Our Adventures at Somme
A personal case study of new leadership over three years. Discussion of guiding principles for a vibrant volunteer site stewardship community. Exploring positive ideas that enhance collaboration and joining with others on our respective journeys. Apprenticeship. Mentors. What we do different with seeds, rare plants, and invasives - through the seasons. How to empower volunteer leaders to arise.

Presenters
avatar for Eriko Kojima

Eriko Kojima

Volunteer steward
Life is beautiful and each day is a precious gift I accept with gratitude. I strive to live it with humility, a sense of humor and detachment. Towards all who cross my path I offer love, kindness and positivity. I dedicate each day to serve the earth and its creatures. Let's do it... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm
rms. 54, 56, 58

2:10pm

The Nuts and Bolts of Community Engagement
Engaging the public in creating a cleaner river is imperative as it will be through people's personal and political actions that we see positive changes. What does engagement really mean? Friends is happy to share how we’ve been successful in creating a community of river stewards.

Presenters
avatar for Annette Anderson

Annette Anderson

Volunteer and Event Specialist, Friends of the Chicago River
I enjoy organizing communities to value and take care of their water resources. My experience is in values based communications, volunteer management, and event planning. You can also talk to me about dogs, yoga, music, Chicago, traveling... if I don't know about it, I'd love to learn... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm
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2:10pm

Wild Indigo Nature Explorations: A Model Framework for Building Culturally-Resonant Programs in Collaboration with Communities of Color
By building programs in collaboration with community, Wild Indigo helps to address the barriers that make natural spaces inaccessible to communities of color, and begins to dismantle perceptions that nature is not for them. Three Wild Indigo educators present on their experiences using the Wild Indigo framework for engaging diverse communities in Chicago, IL; Lake County, IL; and Detroit, MI

Presenters
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Sanaa Green

Audubon Great Lakes
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Charmeise Jackson

Audubon Great Lakes
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Carina Ruiz

Audubon Great Lakes


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm
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2:50pm

Broadening the Base: Community Outreach and Engagement
A panel of local experts will share their knowledge on community outreach and engagement in the field of conservation. Discussions on how to network in a specific community, reach people using video and social media, and attract diverse audiences will take place followed by a question/answer session.

Presenters
avatar for Nina Baki

Nina Baki

Community Outreach Coordinator, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Nina Baki is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Over the past 15 years, Nina has worked in the field of conservation connecting people to the outdoors through interpretive programs and activities.  Currently, Nina works on outreach and engagement... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Hayes

Brandon Hayes

Director of Communications, Openlands
Brandon Hayes has spent his entire career in nonprofit communications. Before Openlands, he was at the youth arts education organization, Marwen, and was a publicist for Goodman Theatre. Additionally, he is a photographer and essayist, chronicling all fifty-nine US National Parks... Read More →
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Mila Marshall

University of Illinois at Chicago


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:50pm - 3:20pm
rms. 42, 43

2:50pm

Is the Glass Half Full? The Science and Art of Science Communication
An engaged and empowered public is necessary to tackle conservation issues. This interactive presentation focuses on science communication. There is pervasive negative messaging in the field of environmental science. Science communication can break down apathy and inspire conservation action. This presentation will investigate how conservation issues are framed and effective science communication.

Presenters
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Maggie Warren

Advance Inquiry Program, Brookfield Zoo


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:50pm - 3:20pm
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2:50pm

The Impact of Public/Private Partnerships
The Forest Preserve Foundation, a public/private partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, will present reflections on our strategic plans. We'll discuss how lessons learned through our first plan implementation have shaped and will guide our second plan vision, identify our opportunities, and position us to meet new challenges.

In this session Mike Nowak will interview Shelley Davis and live stream the interview on Facebook.

Presenters
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Shelley Davis

Forest Preserve Foundation

Sponsors

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:50pm - 3:20pm
rms. 55,57

2:50pm

The Power of Art to Engage, Inspire & Inform
We need new tools to cut through the digital clutter and engage audiences in critical environmental issues. Art does just that. It spurs curiosity, cultivates wonder. It can be interactive, surprising, evocative—memorable. New partnerships seize on this powerful way to promote learning and action. An artist and an environmental communicator offer case studies and insight into what’s possible.

Presenters
avatar for Barbara Cooper

Barbara Cooper

Artist
Barbara Cooper works in sculpture, drawing, and public art. Additional projects include gardens and structures for dance and theater. Depending upon the objective of the project, she utilizes diverse media such as wood, metal, paper, glass, and found objects. Manipulating solid material... Read More →
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Christine Esposito

Founder & Chief Connection Officer, The Ex.Change Project / Terracom
Christine Esposito has been an environmental communicator for more than 30 years. She launched Terracom in 1990 to help green organizations grow in impact through strategic communications. Most recently, through Terracom’s Ex.Change Project, she has used the power of science-inspired... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:50pm - 3:20pm
rms. 52, 53

3:30pm

Friends of the Chicago River: A Q&A on How to Build an Environmental Organization
Sparked by a magazine article headlined “Our Friendless River” 40 years ago, Friends of the Chicago River today has a dozen employees, 6,000 supporters, and oversees projects ranging from school programming to wildlife habitat restoration to influencing policy. In a Q&A, executive director Margaret Frisbie talks about the challenges and successes of running a non-profit environmental organization.

Presenters
avatar for Margaret Frisbie

Margaret Frisbie

Executive Director, Friends of the Chicago River
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Andrew Herrmann

Communications Director, Friends of the Chicago River
Communications director for Friends of the Chicago River, an environmental non-profit whose mission is to improve and protect the Chicago River system for people, plants and animals.


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
rms. 55,57

3:30pm

Women in Conservation
Join a round table discussion on women in conservation. As women take a greater role in the field navigating a career path can be challenging. An open discussion group will allow for shared experiences and ideas for future opportunities. The speaker will share her career path and experiences and will be joined by other women in local conservation organizations.

Presenters
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Melina Frezados

Forest Preserves of Cook County


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
rms. 40, 41

4:10pm

Turning Buckthorn Into Toys and Kids Into Stewards
Buckthorn is a wonderfully unfortunate bane/boon. It is a beautiful, tough, and hearty scourge. So why not make the bully do some good for once? Learn simple tools and safe techniques to turn buckthorn into something better. Engage the youngest stewards and keep them coming back. Empower children with the trust of real tools to fuel their imagination, empathy, and ability to help the natural world.

Presenters
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Sean Shaffer

Naturalist, Chicago Park District
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Sarah Sheldon

Nature Preschool Teacher, Chicago Botanic Garden


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:10pm - 4:55pm
rms. 42, 43

4:10pm

Urban Symbiosis: A Discussion on the Impact of Natural Areas’ Stewardship on Human Communities
A panel discussion on the ways that urban natural areas stewardship benefits human communities, beyond the obvious ecological merit to this work. This panel will explore the central question of “how does our work provide benefits to the communities to which our natural areas belong?” and discuss how communication of these benefits can drive community engagement efforts.

Moderators
avatar for Forrest Cortes

Forrest Cortes

Community Stewardship Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy and Chicago Park District, The Nature Conservancy and Chicago Park District

Presenters
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Katie Flores

McKinley Park Natural Area Community Steward, Chicago Park District
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Carla Lents

Palmisano Park Natural Area Community Steward, Chicago Park District
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Ann Whelan

Loyola Beach Dunes Community Steward, Chicago Park District


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:10pm - 4:55pm
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