URBANA, Ill. - The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) will host the Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium Nov. 14 and 15 on the Lewis and Clark Community College campus in Godfrey. This two-day symposium will combine professional development workshops with speaker presentations and area field trips.
“The Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium will bring together educators who have an interest in infusing watershed topics into their programming with other professionals to provide an opportunity to learn and develop unique collaborations on important topics around watersheds,” said Environmental Education Manager Natalie Marioni.
Keynote presentations will be made by Sean O’Connor of National Geographic and Chad Pregracke of Living Lands & Waters.
O’Connor is the program manager of educational mapping for National Geographic Education. His experience with educational mapping includes designing maps and interactive map technologies for a range of audiences. His work also involves a strong outdoor education component, helping educators understand best practices in using technology inside and outside of the classroom to enhance field learning experiences.
Pregracke is the president and founder of Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), the world’s only “industrial strength” not-for-profit river-cleanup organization. Pregracke formed LL&W 16 years ago at the age of 23. His crew and approximately 70,000 volunteers have removed more than 7 million pounds of garbage out of our nation’s rivers. Most recently, he was named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year.
The registration fee of $55 includes keynote presentations, concurrent sessions and lunch both days, as well as a reception and dinner Friday, Nov. 14. Some workshops may require an additional fee. Registration is available online at www.ngrrec.org/MRWESregistration.
MRWES co-sponsors include Little River Research & Design, Madison County Planning and Development, Missouri Botanical Garden, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Lewis and Clark Community College, Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, Southwestern Illinois College, and the University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
For more information, contact Environmental Education Manager Natalie Marioni at 618-468-2783 or firstname.lastname@example.org.