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Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: BackYard Nature Center (BYNC) is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates the process of connecting children and adults with the wonders of nature. These “wonders of nature” sites include the forest preserves and village parks. The “connecting” process involves the following programs and activities: Stewardship and Service-Learning: Service activities include removal of invasive species including buckthorn, garlic mustard, teasel, and Canadian thistle, seed collection, planting and litter pickup. BYNC can expand the stewardship with a relevant and timely learning experience. Education: BYNC can expand your school’s curriculum with its Nature as Teacher Program (NaT) to include using a nearby natural habitat to supplement the students’ classroom learning experience – the students learn from being out in nature.* Nature-Based Play: BYNC connects children and adults with local natural habitats to promote inquiry and exploration, and develop attitudes, values and actions in the direction of a healthy environment. Support for Healthy habitat: BYNC offers presentations, exhibits and articles that advocate for healthy and biodiverse natural environs. *Nature as Teacher (NaT) Program

Target demographics: the environment, children, adults

Geographic areas served: New Trier Township

Programs: environmental education

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