Friday, February 3, 2012

Love to walk in the woods? Become an IC Natural Lands Steward!

Photo by Lee Ann Hill, winner of the Fall 2011 ICNL Photo Contest

You are invited to join Ithaca College Natural Lands (ICNL) in caring for the woods surrounding campus and volunteer in the ICNL Stewards Program. Sign up by attending our informational meeting this Tuesday, 7pm in the Taughannock Falls Room in Campus Center, or send an email to expressing your interest.

ICNL Stewards are the sentinels of the forest, and help monitor for changes in the landscape. Being a steward is a rewarding job not only for the steward themselves but also for ICNL as we work to keep track of the ever changing land of South Hill. Stewards get the opportunity to develop a relationship with the land and be the eyes and ears for ICNL. If you've taken Environmental Sentinels, this is a great way to keep up the skills you learned and practiced in that course.

Stewards are asked to visit their parcel every week on their own time and take a short walk around (or sit still, too) to become familiar with the land and notice changes. Anyone in the IC community can be a steward: students, faculty, staff, and administration. Apart from being a great way to take a break from busy college life, becoming a steward will allow you to learn about South Hill, relate to the land, and can also be a good resume builder.

Please feel free to visit to find out more, or email me at with any questions.

- Madison Vander Hill
ICNL Intern

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