Girl Scouts to earn Water Drop Patch at Nygren Wetland Preserve

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The Natural Land Institute of Rockford is offering Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn their Water Drop Patch by participating in a workshop at the beautiful Nygren Wetland Preserve near Rockton. The workshop will be Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the preserve at 2810 W. Rockton Road.

Lucas Bradley, NLI’s new education coordinator, said Scouts will earn the Water Drop Patch by participating in interactive sessions that demonstrate the unique importance of wetlands. “Scouts will learn about how wetlands help keep water pure and provide habitat for many unique plant and animal species. They will also have a chance to participate in some hands-on restoration activities,” Bradley said.

To register, call the Natural Land Institute at 815-964-6666. There is a $7 fee to cover snacks, supplies and the Water Drop Patch, which the girls will receive at the end of the workshop. Registration is needed by April 13, and payment is required by May 2. Girls must provide their own lunches.

The Natural Land Institute offers many other engaging, fun activities for all Scouts to help them meet service requirements. These include stewardship activities at the Nygren Wetland Preserve such as adopting a plot in the native plant nursery and participating in the annual Spring Planting Day Saturday, June 9. Opportunities are also available at the Stone Bridge Nature Trail near Rockton, the Colman Dells Preserve southwest of Rockford and the Pecatonica Ridge Prairie near Pecatonica. For information, contact Lucas Bradley at the Natural Land Institute, 815-964-6666.

The Natural Land Institute envisions a world in which people recognize we are a part of nature and act with the knowledge our future depends on preserving the natural systems that support all life on Earth. It is a not-for-profit, land conservation organization founded in 1958.

from the April 4-10, 2007, issue

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