FREC booklet available

Four Rivers Environmental Coalition, promoting the watersheds of the Rock, Sugar, Pecatonica and Kishwaukee rivers, has prepared a new booklet, its Fall 2003 Calendar of Events. This is a guide to environmental events and organizations to help residents discover the rivers, prairies, woodlands, wildflowers and wildlife in our area.

The booklet introduction states: “Dozens of environmental organizations in our area provide marvelous opportunities for students, families and individuals of all ages to explore our natural heritage. Perhaps you’re looking for educational programs that meet school curriculum for field trips, home school or scout troops. Or maybe you’d enjoy the adventure and fun of a fossil hike, wildflower walk or bird banding tour. Let this seasonal brochure be your guide…”

Organizations listed include: Atwood Environmental Education “Let’s Go See” Program, Rockford Park District; Atwood Outdoor Education Center; Boone County Conservation District; Burpee Museum of Natural History; Byron Forest Preserve; DeKalb County Forest Preserve District; Kishwaukee River Ecosystem Partnership; Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden; Macktown Living History Education Center; Natural Land Institute; The Nature Conservancy; North Central Illinois Ornithological Society; Northwest Illinois Audubon Society; Oakdale Nature Preserve; Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County; Sand Bluff Bird Observatory; Severson Dells Education Foundation; Sinnissippi Audubon Society; Sugar-Pecatonica Rivers Ecosystem Partnership; Upper Rock River Ecosystem Partnership; Wild Ones—Rock River Valley Chapter; Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful; YMCA Camp Winnebago.

The free booklet is available at any of the organizations listed above. According to Jamie Johanssen, director of marketing and community relations of the Four Rivers Environmental Coalition: “It is also on the forest preserve district Web site each quarter. The new one’s not on there yet, but if somebody doesn’t get the paper copy, you could view this information on the Web site.” She said those interested could call the office at (815) 877-6100, and if anybody needs a small supply of them, such as a scout leader recently requested, “we would send them a couple dozen.”

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