Cantigny Foundation

Organization Address:

1 So. 151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

Name and Position of Contact Person:

Jill Gibson, Education and Volunteer Coordinator

Phone Number:

(630) 260-8232

Email Address:

Website Address:

Days/Hours Available for Service Learners:

Monday-Friday 6:00am-2:30pm

Saturday-Sunday 6:00am-9:00am

Description of Organization:

Cantigny Park is the 500 acre estate of the late Robert R. McCormick. On the estate is a 27 hole championship golf course, the McCormick Museum (Robert R. McCormick's home), The First Division Museum, and 27 acres of formal gardens; consisting of annual flower displays, tree and shrub displays, perennial flower gardens, water features, prairie, etc.

Description of Service Learner Role:

In 1993, Cantigny Golf was the 8th golf course in the United States to earn the prestigious classification of "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary".   To reach certification, course personnel demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Resource Management, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

Service Learning Projects will entail the restoration of habitat areas on the golf course.  This will involve the identification and removal of non-native or undesirable vegetation, and the replacement of this vegetation through seeding and plugging of desirable plants.  Project requirements will include; site selection (prairies, woodlands, wetlands), site preparation, plant removal, plant selection, seeding, plugging, erosion control, site follow up, establishment, monitoring, stewardship, and record keeping.

The project will enhance Cantigny Golf's efforts to support golf's environmental opportunities.  Native habitat restoration projects will benefit Cantigny's many environmental programs. These include: the Birding, Waterfowl, Honey Bee, Butterfly, Bat, Aquatic life & Wetland programs.

Organization Requirements:

Punctual behavior, project enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn.  Ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions with a passion for environmental excellence.

A brief interview and screening prior to starting is mandatory.

Number of Placements Available:

No limit.

Contact Information

Career Services
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 3258
(630) 942-2230

Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.