Call for community volunteers to assist with events sponsored by The Nature Conservancy

Academics,

The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics extends three community service opportunities from The Nature Conservancy to all members of the community.

First, volunteers have been requested to prepare for the grand opening of the Dr. James K. Bissell Nature Center in Rock Creek, Ohio.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12 and Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, volunteers will assist with projects including interior and exterior painting, preparing the entrance garden, weeding and grooming the grounds, trail maintenance and general cleaning. Lunch will be free.

Those interested in helping on both days may camp overnight on site. For more information on this event or to arrange an overnight stay, contact Jacqueline Bilello at jacqueline.bilello@tnc.org.

Next, in celebration of National Lands Day, Friends of Kent Bogs will host interpretive hikes at the Kent Bog wetlands complex. The hikes will take place Saturday, Sept. 30, near Streetsboro, Ohio.

Volunteers will provide parking assistance and information from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at each site, Herrik Fen, Kent Bog and Triangle Lake Bog. Contact Ken Schneider at ken.schneider@tnc.org for more information.

Finally, on Saturday, Oct. 21, the Bissell Nature Center will celebrate its grand opening. Fun hikes, activities and tours are planned. Volunteers are needed to assist with activities and parking from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students have been encouraged to attend these events. Dr. Johnathan Tedesco, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics said, “In addition to their service value, these type of events provide LEC students with networking opportunities as well as a way to develop the soft skills that will help them develop into well rounded scientists.”

Continuing, he said “The faculty in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics believes that education does not stop at the classroom door. Opportunities like these allow students and members of the LEC community to engage in meaningful ways with the community.”

To learn more about the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and its partnerships, contact Dr. Tedesco at jtedesco@lec.edu. Visit http://www.nature.org/ for more about The Nature Conservancy.

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