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John Levine, Board Member, BackYard Nature Center

Connecting with the Wonders of Nature

About BackYard Nature Center: When we think of wonders of nature, at first blush, a beautiful sunset might come to mind with its myriad shades of oranges and reds.  With BackYard Nature Center (BYNC), we discover a sense of exhilaration, magic and mystery in nature.  To introduce children to the wonders of nature and get them off their screens, BYNC connects with teachers, school officials, New Trier Township, Winnetka Park District, Forest Preserves of Cook County, The Alliance for Early Childhood, Chicago Wilderness friends, service-minded and faith-based organizations, volunteers and contributors.  BYNC brings to the fore the opportunities for children's unstructured play in nature.

About the Speaker: John Levine is involved in both restoration and education initiatives for BYNC. His focus on the board is in the areas of marketing, resource development, and planning. A passionate advocate for nature, John has volunteered with such organizations as The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and Lincoln Park Zoo. He brings BYNC marketing and business management skills, having held leadership positions in the consumer products industry and founded a consulting practice in marketing and innovation. He also writes novels for children. John has a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He lives in Northfield.