iLearn is a student-centered development program in which teams of undergraduate and graduate students work together to complete a project on a topic related to parks, recreation, and conservation. Teams will share their presentation as part of a virtual competition with other educational institutions, and all projects will be judged by leading industry practitioners in Illinois. The winning team will have the opportunity to present their project at the annual IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

The 2022 iLearn competition will challenge student teams to develop a sustainability project proposal for a park district, as part of a $1,000,000 grant to implement a new sustainability program that will improve the District’s environmental efforts by 20%. Teams will have three months (September – November) to complete their projects before meeting with judges to discuss the proposal, and the winning team will be announced in December.

Benefits of iLearn Participation
1. Cooperative working experience with a focus on teamwork, research, and public speaking.
2. Mentorship from current industry professionals.
3. Exposure to potential internships, job opportunities, and the ability to network with current practitioners.
4. Opportunity for scholarship to attend and present at the 2023 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference.

iLearn is generously sponsored by the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation

Learn more about the 2022 iLearn Program and what to expect for the competition. Team entry forms must be completed by Friday, September 9, 2022. For questions, contact iLearn Chair Deanna Angelini-Johnann (Gurnee Park District) at [email protected].

iLearn Team Entry Form