Ways to Learn

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More Than a Paycheck

Author: 
Meredith Riley

The Milwaukee River Valley has been transformed thanks to the hard work of the students enrolled in the Earn & Learn program, created by the city of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board and the Milwaukee Department of City Development.

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Community Benefits from a Lasting Tribute

Author: 
Joan Campau

Land trusts are not often in a position to work directly with developers. But in December 2011, Rensselaer Land Trust cut a deal with the family of the late John B. Staalesen, which donated 23.6 acres for a preserve in the city of Troy, New York.

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Trading Concrete for Green Space

Author: 
Kendall Slee

Removing asphalt and concrete to make way for green space on Chicago school playgrounds has become routine for Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation and the only such group with a regional scope in the greater Chicago region.

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Conservation with a consciousness

Author: 
Shelia McGrory-Klyza

For 37 years Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF), situated in one of the wealthiest counties in the country, has successfully helped preserve open space and farmland in coastal New Jersey. It was business as usual, until new leadership decided it was time for a change — to expand the organization’s reach to benefit the whole community, not just the affluent.

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Citizen Science Makes a Difference

Author: 
Shelia McGrory-Klyza

Every year from May to August you’ll find volunteers from the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) with nets and waders in the middle of the Little Tennessee River in North Carolina. What began as academic research 25 years agohas now become citizen science biomonitoring programs, reaching over 1,600 individuals annually.

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Learning Today to Steward Tomorrow

Author: 
Sheila McGrory-Klyza and Christina Soto

Lake Forest Open Lands Association in Illinois has long emphasized environmental education. Since its founding in 1967, it has acquired or reserved more than 800 acres that it has restored and now maintains for the benefit of the community.