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Kids in Action - April 2021

Natalia Rosinski, Chicago

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Natalia Rosinski is a winner of the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Conservation Achievement Scholarship. She joined fellow biology students her freshman year in high school in volunteering at Cook County’s Arie Crown Forest Preserve assisting in invasive plant removal as a community service project. That work hooked her on conservation efforts and habitat restoration. Summer conservation internships through the Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps led to habitat work at the nearby Theodore Stone Forest, cutting invasive buckthorn, honeysuckle, Canada thistle, canary reed grass and white sweet clover to enhance the woodlands, oak savanna and prairie, helping native species to return and preserving the natural ecosystem. Rosinski also volunteers at Bemis Woods and Bob Mann Woods forest preserves on invasive plant removal.