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School’s Out for Summer!

Being hired in April as the new Keep Indianapolis Beautiful KIB Clubs Coordinator, I was eager to start working with our five partner schools before the students left for summer vacation.  After some standard onboarding (administrative forms, a welcome lunch, facility tours, etc) and some not-so-standard procedures (fleet training aka driving a F-350 dump truck!!), I was ready to spend … Read more

Driving with a Trailer: Learning to Roll with it

Amy Shackelford is one of the 2016 KIB Youth Tree Team leaders. The Youth Tree Team (YTT) works to preserve and maintain the trees KIB plants through our Community Forestry program. YTT seeks to promote professionalism, respect, personal and environmental responsibility, and teamwork in today’s high school students. I consider myself a smart and safe driver.  I even enjoy parallel parking … Read more

What’s the Buzz about Carpenter Bees?

Kristen Hidding is a member of the 2016 Urban Naturalist Program. She graduated from Butler University in Spring 2016 with a degree in Biology. As a part of the Urban Naturalist team, Kristen has the opportunity to work on a variety of green-job inspired projects while tending to Indy’s native landscape.  We hear a lot about honey bees and see pictures of fat, … Read more

From Pests to Pollinators

Alex Hodge is a member of the 2016 Urban Naturalist Program. She is a senior studying Environmental Management at Indiana University. As a part of the Urban Naturalist team, Alex has the opportunity to work on a variety of green-job inspired projects while tending to Indy’s native landscape.  From watermelon seed spitting contests, to picking flowers to arrange as a centerpiece on the dinner table, … Read more

1 Goose, 2 Goose … 527 Geese

Adam Schmutte is a member of the 2016 Urban Naturalist Program. He graduated from Indiana University in Spring 2016 with a degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology. As a part of the Urban Naturalist team, Adam has the opportunity to work on a variety of green-job inspired projects while tending to Indy’s native landscape.  Katie Owens and I … Read more