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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2009

Several Earth Day in the Parks Events Rescheduled
Significant rain forces some parks to postpone events

SPRINGFIELD – More than 1,500 students are scheduled to visit Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) state parks for the third annual Earth Day in the Parks event.  Earth Day in the Parks is an initiative of the IDNR to introduce students to environmental stewardship. Unfortunately, due to significant rain fall, several parks have decided to postpone/reschedule their Earth Day in the Parks events.

The following list has been updated to reflect schedule changes. The dates in bold have been changed. Please call your local park with any questions about event scheduling.

Earth Day in the Parks sites:   Date    Participating School

Apple River Canyon State Park  April 29th       Warren Community Unit
8763 E. Canyon Road                 School District #205, Warren
Apple River, IL  61001     Time: 12:15pm – 2pm 
Phone: (815)745-3302  

Argyle Lake State Park   April 30th Brown County High School,
640 Argyle Park Road      Mt. Sterling 
Colchester, IL  62326      Time: 9:30am- 11:30am 
Phone: (309)776-3422

Big River State Forest    Postponed Galesburg High School,
RR 1, Box 118        TBD Galesburg
Keithsburg, IL  61442      Time: 9am - noon
Phone: (309)374-2496

Cache River State Natural Area  May 6th Century Elementary School,
930 Sunflower Lane      Ullin
Belknap, IL  62908      Time: 9am-11am
Phone: (618)634-9678

Eagle Creek State Recreation Area  April 30th Sullivan Middle School,
R.R. 1 Box 198-B      Sullivan
Findlay, IL  62534      Time: 9am – 1pm
Phone: (217)756-8260

Franklin Creek State Natural Area  April 30th Kishwaukee Education
1872 Twist Road      Consortium, Malta
Franklin Grove, IL  61031      Time: 10am - noon
Phone: (815)456-2878

Gebhard Woods     April 30th Peru Washington M.S.,
401 Ottawa Street       Peru
P.O. Box 272        Time: 9:45am - noon
Morris, IL  60450
Phone: (815)942-0796


Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area  April 30th Tobin Elementary School,
5010 N. Jugtown Rd.       Burbank
Morris, IL  60450      Time: 10:15am – 12:15
Phone: (815)942-2899
     
Hamilton County Conservation Area Cancelled   Ina Grade School,
R.R. 4, Box 242      Ina
McLeansboro, IL  62859     Time: 9am – 11:30am
Phone: (618)773-4340

Hidden Springs State Forest  April 30th Cowden- Herrick H.S,
R.R. 1, Box 200      Cowden
Strasburg, IL  62465      Time: 9am-11am
Phone: (217)644-3091

Illinois Beach State Park    April 30th John T. Magee M.S.,
Lake Front       Round Lake
Zion, IL  60099      Time: 10am - noon
Phone: (847)662-4811

James “Pate” Phillip State Park   April 30th Lincoln M.S.,
2050 W. Stearns Road      Schiller Park
Bartlett, IL  30103      Time: 10am-12:30pm
Phone: (847)608-3100

Johnson Sauk Trail State Park  May 6th Bureau Valley H.S.,
28616 Sauk Trail Rd.      Manlius
Kewanee, IL  61443      Time: 10am–11:30am
Phone: (309)853-5589

Jubilee College State Park       May 7th Brimfield E.S.,
13921 West Route 150                Brimfield
Brimfield, IL 61517      Time: 9:30am- 2pm
(309)446-3758

Kankakee River State Park   April 30th Kankakee Trinity
5314 West Rt. 102      Academy, Kankakee
Bourbonnais, IL  60914      Time: 10am- noon
Phone: (815)933-1383

Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area May 12th Lena-Winslow Elem.
8542 North Lake Road     School, Lena
Lena, IL  61048      Time: 10am - noon
Phone: (815)369-4282      
     
Lincoln Trail State Park    May 4th  Marshall North Elem.
16985 E. 1350th Rd      School, Marshall
Marshall, IL  62441      Time: 9am – 11am
Phone: (217)826-2222

Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife Area   April 30th Holy Family School,
10906 Kickapoo Park Road     Danville 
Oakwood, IL  61858      Time: 9am- 2pm
Phone: (217)442-4915

Mississippi Palisades State Park  May 5th Scales Mound Comm.
16327A IL Rte. 84      Unit School District
Savanna, IL  61074       #211, Scales Mound
Phone: (815)273-2731     Time: 9am - noon

North Point Marina    April 30th Robert Abbott M.S.,
701 North Point Drive      Waukegan
Winthrop Harbor, IL  60096     Time: 9am - noon
Phone: (847)746-2845
         
Silver Springs State Park   April 30th Boulder Hill Elem.,
13608 Fox Road      Montgomery
Yorkville, IL  60560      Time: 9am- noon
Phone: (630)553-6297

Spitler Woods State Natural Area        Rescheduled Cerro Gordo M.S.,
705 Spitler Park Drive      TBD  Cerro Gordo
Mt. Zion, IL  62549      Time: 8:45am-11am 
Phone: (217)864-3121

Volo Bog State Natural Area   April 30th Special Education District of
28478 W. Brandenburg Road     McHenry Co., Woodstock
Ingleside, IL  60041       Time: 10am – 1pm
Phone: (815)344-1294
       
William Powers State Recreation Area April 30th The Willows Academy,
12949 Avenue O       Des Plaines
Chicago, IL  60633       Time: 10am - noon
Phone: (773)646-3270
 
Wolf Creek State Park   May 1st Mattoon Middle School,
R. R. 1, Box 99      Mattoon
Windsor, IL  61957      Time: 8:30am - noon
Phone: (217)459-2831


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