Nature Works

Most summers, I would wake up around 11 in the morning, and did nothing of value. This summer I feel extremely productive, as I get an early start and I get to do something worthwhile every day. Regardless of the project, at the end of every day, I feel like in some small way, I have helped improve both the ecosystems of the Park and the experience of Park visitors, and it’s a nice feeling to have.
— Juan, 2019 Nature Works Crew Member

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 Outreach

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

Nature Works
  • 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

Nature Works is made possible through generous grants from Boeing, Mysun Charitable Foundation, ESCO Technologies Foundation and Cabela’s.

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.

Important Dates

  • 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