There are many wonderful resources on the campus here at Trinity Christian College, and we also have connections with local conservation organizations.
Trinity Trail We have a short trail on campus that follows alongside Navajo Creek. Although we are currently working on removing invasive species from the area, there are still many lovely native wildflowers, such as spring beauty, jack-in-the-pulpit, and Virginia bluebells. Students in my classes have surveyed stream invertebrates and plant abundance here.
Campus Wildflower Basins We have two basins that help us mitigate the effects of storm water run-off on campus, and they are both planted with native prairie and wetland plants.
Campus Organic Vegetable Garden This garden consists of several raised beds by the Bootsma Bookstore & Cafe (BBC). Anyone is welcome to help out the garden and enjoy the produce.
Trinity Creation Care Commitee (TCCC) This committee includes faculty, staff, and students who are dedicated to caring for God's creation. Recent efforts have included raising awareness for practices we can do in our everyday lives to be bettter stewards and a creation care accountability group that met after chapel.
Lake Katherine Nature Center Just across the road from campus, this nature center provides many opportunities for recreation, study, and internships. The Trinity community has "adopted" a hillside prairie on the grounds, and we are working to reduce invasive species there and promote native prairie plants.
Other Local Nature Preserves If you aren't from the area, you may be surprised to find that there are many parks and preserves quite close to campus. The Chicago area has a great network of county forest preserves, which include areas of forest, prairie, wetlands, and lakes. Some of my favorite spots to visit are the Indian Boundary Prairies, which are managed by The Nature Conservancy, and provide a stunting display of prairie wildflowers.
Cooperativity: The Science & Religion Club This Trinity group hosts events to learn about topics relating to faith and science. Outside speakers have included John Walton and Scot McNight, and Trinity faculty have also spoken on topics such as animal testing and environmental stewardship.