There are a variety of ways for individuals, families, and organizations to get involved with CSI:
For individuals and families who want to participate in CSI events and activities, we recommend starting with a hike, paddle, bird walk, family festival, or even a Green Drinks gathering (in either Indiana or Illinois). Coming to a work day is a good way to find out if you want to do ecosystem restoration and perhaps eventually become trained in land stewardship. Visit our events calendar to see all the public opportunities that are available now. Contact any one of our member organizations to inquire about additional individual volunteer opportunities.
CSI members range from universities, government agencies, and museums to regional nonprofits and community based conservation, heritage, and development organizations. If you have any questions about your eligibility to join, feel free to contact us. There are two levels of membership to accommodate your organization’s capacities and goals. Benefits of membership include collaborative opportunities, improved impact through coordination, increased visibility, and being part of the go-to network for government, industry, and foundations that want to have an impact on the intertwined ecological and social challenges in the Calumet Region.
The CSI Education Team connects young people and their families to nature in the Calumet region. Through environmental education partnerships with schools, teacher professional development workshops, and public events, our member organizations engage diverse audiences in exploring the region’s rich biological and cultural heritage. Check out our education page to read more about CSI's work with schools, contact member organizations in your area to see how they are connecting to students, and use the events calendar to find a public educational opportunity that is right for you.