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Conservation@Home: Online educational adult programs available from The Conservation Foundation

Trish Beckjord
Trish Beckjord

Well, May certainly hasn’t turned out like perhaps what we thought it would be back in early spring. In the time of this pandemic, we at The Conservation Foundation want to reach out to all of you to thank you for your support. We also want to share our hope that you and your family continue to be well and are finding ways to cope with the myriad challenges confronting us as dealing with COVID-19 continues.

We also hope that if you are able, you’ve taken the opportunity to spend time outdoors. Have you gotten out to enjoy any of Kendall County’s Top Nature Walks we listed in last month’s post?

If there ever was a time that helps us truly understand the benefits of spending time in nature to ease our physical and emotional stress, it is now. And what a great way to spend time together as a family. Personally, I have walked Kendall County Forest Preserve District paths and spent time in my own garden. It is hard, however, to shake the pressures, concerns and feelings that separate us.

We also hope you are finding ways to connect by using new technologies – at least new to some of us. TCF has used some of this time to learn Zoom technology as a great tool to reach out to all of you. We have organized a variety of educational webinars we are offering through Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. every Monday and Thursday. Take a moment to check out the programs on our calendar and register. You can stay in calendar view or change to list view by selecting LIST in the upper right corner.

The presentation topics include a variety of subjects such as introducing TCF’s Conservation@Home program, “Planting a Pollinator Garden, Turning Your Neighborhood Pond Into Habitat” and more. We’ve had fun pulling these together and learning the ins and outs of Zoom, so join us.

We are also continuing our Fox River program series that we canceled at the start of the pandemic by bringing it back in Zoom webinar format. Look for “Fox River Dams: Should We Live With Them? Should We Live Without Them?” It is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Attendance is limited to 100 people, so plan to register and join the webinar early if you are interested in this topic.

In the meantime be well, stay safe, and get your Nature Rx.

• Trish Beckjord is program manager of the Fox River Education and Outreach Initiative at The Conservation Foundation.

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