Innovative program prepares city dwellers for nature-based careers

Shawnee National Forest is working with Greencorps Chicago — a group dedicated to teaching urban residents how to steward nature. The five volunteers will explore, learn and tackle projects across the forest as part of an innovative nine-month-long job training program. By spending eight weeks with Shawnee staff, these city dwellers learn hands-on skills that prepare them for positions in horticulture, urban agriculture, tree care, landscaping, carpentry and ecological restoration.

Group photo of the Greencorps YCC group Greencorps-and-Cache River-YCC, Panther Den trail work

While here, Greencorps Chicago volunteers will collect data for an invasive species inventory, reconstruct a trail in Panther Den Wilderness, work alongside the Hoosier pack team in wilderness and assist with construction of a new picnic shelter at Pine Hills Campground.  

Learn more about Greencorps Chicago.