As an Educator focusing on Natural Resources, Abigail Garofalo provides training and education to Cook County residents so that they can better utilize the natural benefits the environment has to offer in an urban environment. As an educator, she addresses environmental issues in the area and works on creating a culture of environmentalism through community building. Her background is in environmental outreach and interpretation through experiences with several summer camps, park districts, and the Morton Arboretum. Abigail is responsible for environmental programming in Cook County with an emphasis on conservation landscape programming and environmental education.
Additional responsibilities include overseeing the Conservation@Home program and the Cook County Master Naturalist- providing their training, continuing education, and organizing community outreach programs for natural resources conservation and sustainable landscaping assistance and education.
Abigail received a bachelor of science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with a focus in Resource Conservation in 2016 and her Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership Education with a focus on Leadership Education and Outreach in 2018, both from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She brings previous work in outdoor education and program development to assist Illinois residents in understanding the natural world.