Senior Sustainability Studies major Melanie Blume is working as an intern with conservation and education staff at the Spring Valley Nature Center and the Volkening Heritage Farm near Roosevelt’s campus in Schaumburg IL. These excellent facilities are part of the 135-acre Spring Valley Conservation Area, the largest and most ecologically significant green space with the Village of Schaumburg limits, and are managed by the Schaumburg Park District.
The Nature Center and the Heritage Farm provide year-round public programming for people in the NW suburban region, and together contribute greatly to the promotion of sustainability, nature awareness, and environmental literacy. Melanie is the first SUST major to intern at Spring Valley; hopefully this is the start of a good trend!
During the Spring 2015 semester, Melanie will reflect on her work at Spring Valley on prairie conservation, seed propagation, invasive species identification and removal at the Nature Center; as well as garden preparation, planting of their extensive vegetable garden, and contributing to Farm to Table programs with a focus on local food production at the Volkening Farm. Look for her upcoming posts on the SUST at RU blog!