AmeriCorps: Environmental Educator

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Friday, August 14, 2020, 5:00pm


Rockford, IL
United States

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Severson Dells Nature Center has been providing nature education for all ages in northern Illinois for over 40 years on our 369 acre campus and at school sites across northern Illinois. Members support school field trip programs and after school programs to help students learn about local habitats, predator and prey interactions, food webs, animal and plant adaptations and basic ecology of the area. During the term of service, Members will receive training in all of the above topics, best practices in environmental education, group management, and have the opportunity to develop and try nature-based lessons and community programs of their own. Severson Dells encourages people of all backgrounds and social identities to apply. Severson Dells makes reasonable accommodations for service and interviews.

Member Duties: The goal of this service term is to empower AmeriCorps members to build the capacity of Severson Dells Nature Center to grow science literacy in northern Illinois. Service members develop and implement projects that are key to maintaining quality programming at Severson Dells and teach visiting school groups. Service members may also work with an additional community partner organization at which to complete an additional project that furthers science literacy within the community. Members will receive training on local ecology, best practices in environmental education and science literacy, and group management techniques. Service at Severson Dells will also provide opportunities for members to participate in professional development with the Environmental Education Association of Illinois.

Service times are typically Tues.- Sat. 8am-4pm, but some evenings required.