John Cawood

John Cawood joined Openlands as Education Program Coordinator in 2013 after working with Openlands on a contractual basis for several years. He coordinates Openlands’ Eco-Explorations program and the Birds in my Neighborhood program. Prior to working for Openlands, John was known as “Nature Dude” at the Elmhurst Park District, where he developed a new set of environmental education programs. He has also served as an evaluator for environmental education programs throughout the Midwest. John is inspired by the natural beauty of the Great Lakes region and brings a passion for place-based education.


  • B.A., Biology, Albion College
  • M.S. Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

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