The RORG Team welcomed Piper Siblik from the summer of 2022 to the spring of 2023 thanks to a NIFA Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates grant. Under the guidance of RORG Director Eliana Brown and Landscape Designer Layne Knoche, Piper built an interactive virtual map of the garden to help RORG volunteers maintain the garden while building on our public outreach and education efforts.
Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Restoration Ecology and Geography + Geographic Information Sciences
Piper was a senior at UIUC pursuing a dual major in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences concentrating in Ecosystem Stewardship and Restoration Ecology and Geography + Geographic Information Sciences concentrating in GIS. In her free time, Piper enjoys outdoor recreation, critical analysis of pop culture and media, and cycles through periods of intense dedication to various athletic pursuits such as bouldering, ice-skating, and basketball. With a background in restoration and ecology, Piper gravitated towards to Red Oak Rain garden due to its native vegetative diversity and value as a community resource.
Past Student Teams
Spring 2022 – Sydney Nielsen
Spring/Summer 2021 – Sandra Bjerga
Fall 2020: ENVS 492 – Lauren Lindow, Ariel Gomez, Maggie Nutter & Nina Jurko