CLIPterns will receive a professional contact from each field trip location and may apply for summer positions at these locations (in future years) to further develop their career.
Nachusa Grasslands (The Nature Conservancy)
CLIP participants will learn Plant Identification techniques through seed collection and invasive species control activities.
CLIP participants will get a tour of Nachusa’s Seed processing program and learn seed processing techniques (collection, drying, milling, storage, mixing, planting).
CLIP participants will receive a site tour with explanation of varying management techniques utilized at Nachusa (i.e. Bison Grazing, Prescribed Fire, Over-seeding with forb dominant mixes, boom spraying, combine seed collection/processing, stewardship etc).
Indiana Dunes National Park (The National Park Service)
CLIP participants will tour the Fire Program at INDU (i.e. fire cache, equipment, explanation of the role of fire at INDU, how to plan for prescribed fire etc.)
CLIP participants will become familiar with vegetation monitoring protocols for the Fire Effects program ( such as several or more of following: point intercept method, DBH, Pole/Seedling/Over-story Tree ID, crown position of trees, snag ID, damage, percent cover, duff, species diversity quadrats and woody species categories with tallies)
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (United States Forest Service)
CLIP participants will learn vegetation monitoring protocols for the Vegetation GIS Data System (VGS) developed by the University of Arizona.
Students will aid in collecting plant species data, using quadrats on long term transects set up at Midewin (this may include data entry on tablet using VGS).
CLIP participants will receive a site tour with an explanation of land management and restoration techniques utilized by Midewin.
Students will visit the dolomite prairie, wetlands and go on a bison tour.
Glacial Park (McHenry County Conservation District)
CLIP participants will lead an environmental education program (i.e. an educational hike, game and/or lesson).
CLIP participants will receive a site tour and brief explanation of the history of MCCD and Glacial Park.
McHenry County College (MCC)
CLIP participants will tour campus facilities relevant to the CLIP program, including but not limited to:
On site farming facilities
CLIP participants will visit local farms that employ conservative farming practices such as:
CLIP participants will view a demonstration of how to take soil samples and how to analyze key soil properties such as: