Emma Buckardt, Deerfield, Lake County
Emma was the 2015 winner of the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Conservation Achievement Scholarship. Since early childhood, Buckardt and her family have volunteered for the Lake County Forest Preserve District. Among the projects in which she has participated are teaching people about the importance of nature and preparing an insect collection. A graduate of the second class of the Center for Conservation Leadership, Buckardt served as a non-paid intern working on land management projects, including removal of invasive species and planting native species in their place.