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Campton naturalist Jack Shouba honored

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:29 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – The Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District on Thursday honored Campton Township naturalist Jack Shouba for his longtime conservation efforts.

Shouba received the Dick Young Award during the organization’s annual meeting and awards presentation at Riverside Receptions in Geneva.

“This is very meaningful to me,” Shouba said.

The award honors Young’s lifetime commitment to the conservation and protection of natural resources in Kane and DuPage counties. Rather than recognizing individuals for a single project or short-term series of related efforts, the award honors conservationists’ day-to-day efforts over the course of their careers.

Now retired, Shouba, 73, taught biology and chemistry at Lyons Township High School. His résumé also includes teaching such classes as botany and photography at Morton Arboretum and serving as the open space development coordinator for Campton Township.

He said a class he took at the Chicago Academy of Sciences in the late 1960s piqued his interest about the region’s natural history.

After learning about prairies, he said he helped found the Save the Prairie Society, whose first project was the Wolf Road Prairie in Westchester. The project took about 20 years – much longer than anticipated, he said.

Shouba now lives in Campton Hills and helped Campton Township pass two referendums to buy open space, he said.

“I just love the open space,” he said.

He said he enjoys his work with Campton Township.

“Most of it’s fun,” Shouba said. “It’s fun to get out there.”

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