Nature Works is...
a collaborative workforce development and experiential education program aimed at teaching St. Louis-area high school students about conservation efforts and environmental job opportunities, while developing their knowledge and skills for the environmental job field.
Interns will be working with environmental professionals in Forest Park as well as in collaborations with other organizations in the St. Louis area, which have included: the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden & the Shaw Nature Reserve, the Saint Louis Zoo and more!
Check out where Nature Works students are now in this 2019 feature! Nature Works: Where Are They Now?
You can read more about Nature Works in this article written for Forest Park Forever by Krystin Arneson: "Training Days: Discovering Green Career Paths in Forest Park"
How It Works...
Classroom activities designed with the teacher to enrich curricula with case studies from Forest Park.
Forest Park Field Experience
The opportunity for classes to work and learn alongside environmental professionals on projects in Forest Park. Bus funding provided.
Paid Summer Internships for Students
Ten paid internships available for high school students working with environmental professionals.
***Applications open on December 30, 2019!
You Can Make an Impact
Restoring and maintaining Forest Park’s natural areas
Removing invasive plant species
Planting native species and learning how to help them thrive
Restoring wildlife habitats
Increasing the size and connectivity of Forest Park’s Wildlife Corridor
Helping with the restoration of 11.3 acres of riparian habitat throughout the Park
Working as a team to complete important Park improvement projects
Sharing gained experience through this program with others (as well as other programs and partnerships)
Gaining knowledge of different environmental jobs
In April 2015, Nature Works was recognized as an official partner with the U.S. Department of the Interior as a member of its 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.
2020 Nature Works Schedule
We are seeking energetic individuals who are interested in working outdoors while exploring and learning about the ecosystems in Forest Park. Positions are primarily assigned to natural areas of Forest Park, however, opportunities may be provided for learning and enrichment in other work zones.
December 30, 2019: Applications Open
March 2-13: Interviews
March 27: Participant offers sent out
April 10: Participant acceptance deadline
June 8: Program starts
July 31: Program ends