NLI is pleased to announce that Connor McClelland has joined our team this summer. Please join us in welcoming him! Read more about him below and if you see him at one of our preserves, be sure to say hi and let him know how glad we are to have him assisting our stewardship staff with land management and restoration activities.

My name is Connor McClelland and I am NLI’s AmeriCorps service member this summer. I started in June and will be completing 450 hours this summer wrapping up in late August to early September. I have been helping Zach, Tyler, and Laura with seed collection and invasive management, as well as numerous other conservation activities in order to uphold the quality of NLI’s numerous land management properties. I grew up in Rockford and spent most of my childhood attending camps at Severson Dells Nature Center. I attribute my love for nature and conservation to my late grandfather Lowell Edwards who inspired me to always love and protect our natural resources. This fall I will be going into my senior year at Knox College in Galesburg Illinois, where I am engaged in numerous extracurricular activities. I am double majoring in Environmental Science and Secondary Education. After graduation this spring it is my plan to move out to Seattle where I will find a job in education and hopefully attend the University of Washington to earn a masters in forestry or restoration ecology while teaching. I am incredibly thankful to Ann Wasser of Severson Dells for connecting me with the AmeriCorps program as well as to NLI for hosting me this summer and giving me a great hands on work experience.