The ‘Eco-Troubadour’ at Jarrett Prairie Center April 17

The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department is once again bringing Stan Slaughter to Ogle County for Earth Day 2006.

Elementary and middle school children in Ogle County will have the opportunity to have Slaughter, the Eco-Troubadour, perform at their school.

Slaughter has sung and played his guitar for more than a half-million school children and adults. He sings a repertoire of original and old favorite Earth songs, focusing on recycling, composting and household hazardous waste while educating students about environmental issues. Slaughter is also an award-winning educator.

Nineteen lively performances will take place in the schools from April 10 through April 19. There will also be a free evening performance at the Byron Forest Preserve Jarrett Prairie Center Monday, April 17, at 7 p.m., where the public is welcome.

More than 10 years ago, armed with a master’s degree in biology and a distinguished teaching background, including Kansas City Metro’s “Junior High Science Teacher of the Year Award,” Slaughter set out on his mission to spread the environmental word across the U.S. Since then, because of his highly acclaimed accomplishments in environmental education, Slaughter was honored with the “National Educator of the Year” award by the U.S. Compost Council, as well as other awards.

The Eco-Troubadour’s highly-rated educational programs are among the top in the U.S. He has written 40 environmental songs, and his published music CDs represent some of the most comprehensive and educationally appropriate environmental music.

In a warm and lively style, Slaughter teaches his audience about environmental issues and performs well-known and original environmental songs, including sing-alongs like “Landfill Blues,” “Don’t Let the Goo Get You” and the “Recycle Shuffle.”

Slaughter said: “I play sing-alongs, because I believe that singing helps to internalize the message. The words are teaching tools for each environmental topic.”

Joy Bliton, Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department environmental engineer and solid waste specialist, said: “His educator status, program educational value, and energetic performance are the best we have seen. We have been bringing him back to Ogle County every two years, and encouraging schools to schedule a performance.”

Slaughter has also been featured in many newspapers, radio and television interviews, and in videos for Fox Network and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

For more information about Slaughter, visit, or call the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at 815-732-4020.

From the April 12-18, 2006, issue

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