The school was one of 26 selected by random drawing by the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources to participate in the sixth annual
"Earth Day in the Parks" event.
Below is the IDNR news release
explaining the program.
Day in the Parks' promotes natural resources stewardship for
6th annual event in parks across the state on several dates in
April and May
SPRINGFIELD -- More than 875 students will visit Illinois
Department of Natural Resources state parks in April and May for the
sixth annual "Earth Day in the Parks" event, an IDNR initiative to
introduce students to environmental stewardship.
"Students participating in Earth Day in the Parks will have an
opportunity to perform meaningful natural resources stewardship
activities, including planting trees, planting native wildflowers,
developing amphibian breeding pools, building and installing fish
attractors, and a number of other activities," said IDNR Director
Sponsored by the IDNR Office of Strategic Services and Office of
Land Management, Earth Day in the Parks offers students the
opportunity to get outdoors and work in nature. Their hands-on
experiences will lead them to develop a sense of ownership of the
natural resources in the state while also increasing available
wildlife habitat. Students and teachers are encouraged to return to
the park to study the effects of their work.
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"We believe that participating schools realize that this is more
than just a field trip. This is an investment in the future
generation of conservationists," Miller said. "We hope that these
students will continue to visit the parks, not only to check on the
success of their projects, but perhaps to volunteer and develop a
personal connection to a natural place."
School groups were selected by random drawings from an
application process conducted earlier this year. Grants from the
Illinois Conservation Foundation and the Illinois Wildlife
Preservation Fund help to support the events.
For the list of Earth Day in the Parks sites, dates and
[Text from LDN and
Illinois Department of
file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]