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Mark Hauser

Friends of the Chicago River
Ecology Outreach Manager
Greater Chicago Area
Mark has been with Friends of the Chicago River since September 2007. He has managed the Chicago River Schools Network since that time, and has recently begun training volunteers to repair gullies, monitor wildlife habitat and conduct plant surveys along the river in support of restoration projects. He attended Ohio State University, where he received an M.S. in Natural Resources with a focus on environmental education. Mark has experience leading service learning projects with AmeriCorps; partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency and New York/New Jersey Baykeeper to clean and monitor the heavily-impacted Second River in Newark, NJ; and restoring habitats all across New York City for the Parks Department and other community organizations. While at Friends, he has supported the environmental education goals of hundreds of teachers, led over 700 field trips to the river, and organized the Student Congress (a river conference for students) for the past 11 years. He has written environmental curricula for the Chicago Park District and the new Chicago Riverwalk and regularly teaches ecology classes for NEIU, UIC, Loyola University, DePaul University, and Roosevelt University.