Eleanor Schumacher

Project Wingspan Illinois State Coordinator


Working in agriculture and conservation since 2010, Eleanor Schumacher is thrilled to join the P2 team. Eleanor transitioned from city-life in Chicago, working as an event planner and family entertainer to farm-life in Southern Illinois and a career in conservation. She has served as an Apiary Inspector at the Illinois Department of Agriculture for eleven seasons. Fascinated by the correlation between pollinator habitat quality and bee health, she pursued studies in Pollination Ecology and received a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from University of Illinois in 2018. A cherished experience was working as Resource Conservationist for the Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District from 2017 through 2019, where she enjoyed conservation planning, engineering, event planning, and leading a prairie management collective, the Madison County Prairie Partners. Eleanor is an all-around bee enthusiast, operating forty honey bee hives within a ten mile radius of her and her husband’s Prairie Farms Dairy Farm. In her free time, Eleanor enjoys writing articles and giving presentations, playing guitar, managing her own four acres of pollinator habitat, and volunteering as an Illinois Master Naturalist.