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Grainger Everyday Heroes: Natural Resources Coordinator

6/15/20
Grainger Editorial Staff

-And about 10,000 years ago, the glaciers melted. And that water came down through the Starved Rock area, and it actually carved out all of the rock formations that you find here at Starved Rock. My name is Jolyn. I am the Natural Resources Coordinator here at Starved Rock. I have worked here at Starved Rock for the past 13 years. And I started with the maintenance crew. At the time, it was the only job available. I wanted in, so I went ahead and took that position.

When I get here at eight o'clock in the morning, I have a daily conditions report, I make sure that I put whether or not we have waterfalls running in the park, so that visitors, as they walk in the front door, that's the first thing that they can see. And then at nine o'clock we open up the building. And then a lot of times, we'll do a guided tour during the day. So maybe at one o'clock, I'll lead a guided tour for the general public. Again when we do that, we talk about the flora and fauna, we talk about the history of the park, the trail system, how to get around, that type of thing. It's working with the public, it's a lot of education, leading the guided tours, and seeing the looks on people's faces when they see the canyon for the first time or they learn about the turkey vultures and their disgusting habits that they have. It's just so exciting, definitely working with the public.

Yeah, we have to have teamwork. We all have to work together, we all have to have communication and know what each facet is doing. And do the best that we can for the visitors that we have coming in. It's pretty exciting to be able to come out here. You never know what the day might bring. You never know what you're gonna see out here. You never know what wildlife or what bird you might see on a day-to-day basis, so it's so exciting. The reason that I do what I do here at Starved Rock is for the love of nature, it's the love of working with the public and educating the public, and again, we want them to have the best experience possible while coming here to Starved Rock.

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