Projects that Millikin students have helped with include collecting and cleaning native prairie seed, fence removal, stream cleanup, invasive species removal, tree and prairie plantings, tree measuring, and other miscellaneous tasks. We incorporate these classes into our existing work schedule to not only assist with current projects, but to demonstrate how our job changes with the seasons. I think students find that aspect of our job in the conservation field appealing.
According to Horn, “Students in my courses love working with the MCCD to improve our local environment. While most of Millikin’s biology majors will not have careers in ecological fields, work at the District provides them with a better perspective of our natural world and how individuals can work with local organizations to make a difference.”