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Wildlife Prairie Park receives $4000 donation for new education workshop

“Your Watershed and You”
A Check Signing Ceremony was held Monday at the Park Pavilion at Wildlife Prairie Park to...
A Check Signing Ceremony was held Monday at the Park Pavilion at Wildlife Prairie Park to celebrate WPP receiving a $4000 donation for education about the Kickapoo Creek watershed.(25 News Staff)
Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 7:10 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A Check Signing Ceremony was held Monday at the Park Pavilion at Wildlife Prairie Park to celebrate WPP receiving a $4000 donation for education about the Kickapoo Creek watershed. The donation comes from the Friends of Rocky Glen, a non-profit organization working to improve the quality and sustainability of the watershed, and provide more recreational activities in the area.

The donation is to support a new educational workshop called “Your Watershed and You.” The funding will provide over $3000 in new digital microscopes and tablets for the Wildlife Prairie Park education department. Roberta English, CEO of Wildlife Prairie Park, said “We’re here to educate the community and the Friends of Rocky Glen are helping us do that. We are going to teach people about things that they find along the watershed. And this partnership is exciting, because one of the things we’ve been trying to do is offer more educational classes and now we can.”

David Pittman, President of the Friends of Rocky Glen, added “Kickapoo Creek is an impaired stream. It has excess nitrogen, phosphorus, and too much soil erosion.” The watershed itself covers nearly 500 square miles and is made up of rain, melted snow, streams, tributaries, and more.

This new workshop will provide the public and homeowners with information on what they can do to improve the quality of the Kickapoo watershed.

For those looking to learn more and get involved, Friends of the Rocky Glen and Wildlife Prairie Park are partnering again to host the Second Annual Kickapoo Creek Festival on July 29th and 30th at the Park Pavilion. There will be environmental education vendors, a bonfire, food and beverages, and free overnight camping. More information can be found here.

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