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2013 marks the 6th year of partnering with New Trier High School

Every year the sophomore students at New Trier are given new advisers and together they decide on a team building service activity. Lucky for them, they don't have to look much further than their “own backyards” to plan a stewardship activity. For the past six years BackYard Nature Center has been one of the sought after organizations for these advisery projects.

The service/learning activity actually starts at 8:15am in the advisery classroom with a 20 minute discussion about the concepts of stewardship and invasiveness. Most often, the groups opt for cutting and burning buckthorn trees, or pulling garlic mustard, two invasive species that are found in abundance in the area, especially in the Skokie Lagoons. Please note that the girl adviseries have been just as passionate about the task as the boys. The added benefit for all is a great sense of accomplishment, a fascinating balance of both peacefulness and exhilaration of being out in nature, and of course, a lot of fun and wonderful memories. A big thank you goes to the site steward volunteers and the Volunteer Resources Department of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Here's to another six years!

New Trier Classroom Elizabeth Plank's Sophomore Advisery (NTHS) - September 25th, 2012

Thank you New Trier High School students for your outstanding enthusiasm and superior work!

For further information about service/learning programs in nature, contact BackYard Nature Center at