Meet NLI’s Marketing Intern: Michael Tackett

Meet NLI’s Marketing Intern: Michael Tackett

Hi everyone! My name is Michael Tackett, I am the marketing intern for The Natural Land Institute (NLI). I am 19 years old and I am from Rockford, IL. I enjoy spending my time creating videos with my friends, playing music, and exploring the many nature preserves in...

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Rockton Pelican Fest 2022

Rockton Pelican Fest 2022

On May 21, more than 150 community members, many from Rockton, gathered in Settler's Park and downtown Rockton to visit this year's Rockton Pelican Fest-- an event celebrating the American White Pelican. Local businesses provided specials and activities themed around...

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Zach Grycan Receives Spark Award

Zach Grycan Receives Spark Award

Zach Grycan was recognized for high achievements in prescribed burning with the Spark Award, presented by the Illinois Prescribed Fire Council on May 5, 2022.

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$1 billion America the Beautiful Challenge

$1 billion America the Beautiful Challenge

Announced on April 11, 2022 Big news! The Biden-Harris administration just announced a $1 billion America the Beautiful Challenge that will leverage federal conservation and restoration investments with private and philanthropic contributions to accelerate locally-led...

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Jess Formea: 20 Years of Vital Support

Jess Formea: 20 Years of Vital Support

Someone you don’t see every often, but her presence is vital to her teammates and to Natural Land Institute functioning well, is Jess Formea. She just celebrated 20 years this month as the part-time administrative and IT assistant. Jess’ primary role is to help Jill...

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Kimberly Wheeler Johnsen Celebrates 10 Years at NLI

Kimberly Wheeler Johnsen Celebrates 10 Years at NLI

Kim W. Johnsen celebrated her 10-year anniversary last September as NLI’s Director of Marketing & Membership. When she started in the fall of 2011 she knew she had a huge learning curve. Her background was in theater and downtown association management. However,...

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Winter Tree & Shrub ID Workshop 2022

Winter Tree & Shrub ID Workshop 2022

Have you ever wondered what tree or shrub you are looking at when there aren't any leaves on it? Well, now is your chance to learn how to identify trees and shrubs in the midwest during winter! Take a workshop led by our very own Director of Stewardship, Zach Grycan,...

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Casper Creek Natural Cemetery Protected

Casper Creek Natural Cemetery Protected

New Casper Creek Natural Cemetery Protected by Natural Land Institute “An alternative to traditional burial that memorializes and honors your loved ones and leaves a conservation legacy on the land.” The new Casper Creek Natural Cemetery, located at 870 South Pilot...

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