We've had the pleasure of enjoying some time in the Greater Chicago area this weekend to do a few programs in the area. National Trails Day was spent at Waterfall Glen Preserve volunteering time for an invasive species eradication project, clean up effort, and Leave No Trace Presentation. Volunteers cut down Buckthorn and Honeysuckle trees to promote native habitat growth, while others picked up trash around the preserve's grounds. After logging some stewardship hours we presented to a group of Cub Scouts from the region.
This morning was spent at Blackwell Forest Preserve's Just for Kids Fishing Durby, educating young fishermen how to apply Leave No Trace skills to their trade. Afterwards we presented to a group of REI employees for a PEAK training workshop. Three REI stores from Chicago were in attendance to learn how to teach Leave No Trace. The workshop was fun, and ended with each store gearing up for summer and doing PEAK programs in their community. Thanks Illinois for a great time, now we are off to Missouri for a Boy Scout, Order of the Arrow, Arrowcorps event.
Topher and Alexis