2019 Clean Water Celebration

Environmental Classroom School & Group Registration

Please complete the following registration form for your school or large group. You are welcome to join us anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

All special events are on a first come first served basis. You will receive a packet confirming your schedule shortly before the event.

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You Are the Change, Hannah Testa Hannah Testa, Hannah4Change, a 16 year old speaker, advocate, writer, educator, influencer, change maker, and Eco-Warrior will speak to the power that youth have in making a difference right now! CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS ESS3, LS2
Environmental Streams
Three 20 minute sessions that total one hour — Environmental Streams are designed to give teachers and their classes substance and science content about aquatic life, watersheds, and recycling. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS LS2, ESS2, ESS3.
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. — Hands on activities at booths
Please let us know the amount of time you would like in the exhibit hall:
The Peoria Civic Center has graciously allowed you to pack and bring lunches to this event. Remember to think Zero Waste! Concessions wil be available.
Special Event Sessions
Select all sessions that you are interested in attending. You will be scheduled into sessions that fit your time of attendance, activities selected, and your group size(s).
Session 1: Choose Your Path and the Good Red Road with Jimmy Lakota, Native American dancer, Jo Lakota, Native American storyteller and members of Eagle Ridge Drum
(45 minutes) What are your choices? Whatever you choose, travel the Native American Way of conscious living on the earth. Learn through song, drum, dance, and stories of this thoughtful way of living and gain a new perspective on your impact, your conscious choices. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS ESS3, SSG2 • facebook.com/EagleRidgeandFriends
Session 2: The History of Science, as Told by Mark Twain and performed by Warren Brown, Mark Twain Scholar
(45 minutes) Mark Twain said “Inventors are the creators of the world—after God.” This presentation is a first-person Chautauqua-style program by Warren Brown as Mark Twain. You will journey on water, land, and air, sharing insights from the Diaries of Adam and Eve to friendships with inventors and thoughts about Galileo and Newton. CC: ELA S • wbmtwain.com
Session 3: The Comic Mis-Adventures of Lewis and Clark with Brian “Fox” Ellis as Meriwether Lewis
(45minutes) Brian “Fox” Ellis, Storyteller and educator; Join the Corps of Discovery in this humorous and informative blend of story, songs, journal excerpts and Native American folklore. Imagine an evening in Philadelphia with some of the greatest scientific minds in Early American history where Meriwether Lewis reveals for the first time many of the scientific findings of the Corps of Discovery. Encountering grizzly bears and collecting soil samples, capturing prairie dogs and hunting for antelope, Lewis cataloged 122 new animal species and 178 new plant species. In this original performance Lewis sings the praises of the geology, the diverse flora and fauna, and the web of life that binds us to the land. The expedition was first and foremost a scientific expedition and this program brings the scientific process to life in what one reviewer called “the perfect blend of science and stand-up comedy.” CC ELA SL / ILS: NGSS LS1 • foxtalesint.com
Session 4: Pick IT UP! Oba William King, Poetic Storyteller, JUSTUSarts Educational Entertainment, Sun Foundation Arts and Science in the Woods Instructor
(45 minutes) This workshop is designed to empower students to commit to the importance of playing their part in the survival of Mother Earth. From the simplest action of picking up trash and debris, all the way to taking personal responsibility for the environment around them. CC: ELA SL & W / ILS: NGSS ESS2, ESS3 / FA-MA:Cr11.1 • obawilliamking.com
Session 5: Dr. Coldwater’s Watershed Wellness Show presents: The Time Machine The Pertinence of Place with Matthew Jones, storyteller
(30 minutes) Dr. Coldwater is a scientist with a special mission-bringing you the wonders and wizardry of our watery world. Interact with a voyageur who appears from the past to speak of the places you know and love. This presentation touches on physics, geography, foreign language, history and biology (along with diversity and extirpation) in this entertaining presentation. CC ELA SL / ILS: NGSS ESS3 / SS.G.1,2,3 / SS.H.1,2,4 / FL29 A,D,E acwater.org/content/educator-resources
Session 6: River Music, Songwriting to Celebrate Humanities Link to the Waters
(45 minutes) Barry Cloyd, full time, touring Singer/Songwriter; With 10 CD’s, 200 plus shows per year and an extensive touring schedule some of Barry’s most effective original songs have been based around and focused on the rivers as their primary subject matter. Barry’s nature classroom for 18 years of his music career has been an authentic paddle wheel riverboat (which he performs on up & down the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers) and his kayak, as he has explored, researched and written about rivers and their amazing historical importance. In this presentation, Barry and his students will work together to bring out their own creativity in a song that they write, and can take with them to sing their passion about what clean water and healthy, verdant rivers mean to all of humanity. CC: ELA SL, W / ILS: NGSS ESS2 / SS.G.2 /FA-MU:Cr1-2-3 • barrycloyd.com
Session 7: Create System Dioramas, a hands-on project, focused on water! – Tim Magner, Nature’s Farm Camp
(60 minutes) We will split up into 4 separate groups: Native Americans, Normal Farmers, Modern City Dwellers and Permaculture Farmers. Each group is given a description of the way their communities live and use the following: Water, Food, Shelter, Energy, Transportation, Waste. Each group then demonstrates small scale renderings of their lives using natural materials provided. Upon completion of the dioramas they present and compare. CC: ELA SL / ILS: SS.G.2,3 / FA- VA:Cr1.1, VA:Cn 11.1 • naturesfarmcamp.com
Session 8: Zoo Conservation, Making a Splash!
Peoria Zoo (45 minutes) Meet several zoo animals while learning about ways we can save water and habitat. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS LS2 • www.peoriazoo.org
Session 9: Endangered or Threatened in Illinois? Adrienne Bauer, Wildlife Prairie Park
(30–40 minutes) Can you name an endangered or threatened animal? Come learn about why some of these animal populations are decreasing and what humans can and have done to help. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS LS2 • wildlifeprairiepark.org
Session 10: Amphibians as Indicator Species – Doug Holmes, resident herpetologist, Peoria Zoo
(30-45 minutes) Find out what amphibians can tell us about the health of our environment while learning about the effects of chemicals on amphibians, the importance of amphibians, and how we are all connected. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS ESS2, LS2 / SS.G.2 • www.peoriazoo.org
Session 11: P2D2 – Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program–Pontiac High School Environmental students
(40 minutes) Hey! If you have a passion for the environment and clean water, come check out P2D2!The International Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program (P2D2) was started as a way to prevent misuse and abuse of prescription drugs while keeping them out of our water supply. Come check us out! CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS LS2 • p2d2program.org
Session 12: OES, Operation Endangered Species –Jenn Carey and students from Parkside Jr. High with Jen Lauermann and students from Pleasantdale Middle School
(40 minutes) Are you interested in saving endangered wildlife? We are too. Operation Endangered Species is all about bringing back the Alligator Snapping Turtle to Illinois! We joined Pontiac Township High School in raising the turtles and now we are able to put them back into the wild! Join us today. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS ESS2, LS2 • operationendangeredspecies.com
Session 13: Water Cycle Adventures, Susie Grana Ingram, Forest Park Nature Center
(45 minutes) Water covers most of the earth and is always moving! Discover the role water plays in every stage of its cycle. You will also meet a native animal that depends on clean water for survival! CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS ESS2 / SS.G.2 • peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center
Session 14: Hunting as a Way of Life, Shae L. Birkey, Caterpillar Inc.
(30 minutes) Hunting is as old as the dawn of time and it continues to serve as a major source of conservation funding and an excellent way to deeply connect with the outdoors. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS LS, SS.H.1,2
Session 15: Nurture Nature or Move: Lessons from AncienNative Americans – Dr. Michael Wiant antropologist, archeologist
(45 minutes) Drawing on archaeological and ethno-historic research, it is clear that some societies so depleted local resources that they were forced to move to a new location. Using this as a conceptual foundation, we consider the impact of meeting our basic needs in the future. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS LS2 / SS.H.1,2 • illinoistatemuseum.org
Session 16: Saving the World One Sip at a Time, Pontiac Township High School students
(45 minutes) Do you want to save the world one sip at a time? Join the Pontiac Township High School Environmental Science students and learn how you can collaborate with your local community to eliminate single use plastic straws. Be the team to make real change in your school. CC: ELA SL / ILS: ESS3
Session 17: Our Watery Blue Planet: presented in the EARTH BALLOON, Earth Adventure
(30 minutes, max 30 students) Earth Balloon is an incredible learning environment - a 20’ inflatable lobe that students enter. Inside, they look at the world from the inside out and make discoveries about how the world works. How is all the water on Earth interconnected? Students will explore water-from fresh water resources to motions of the oceans. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS ESS3 / SS.G • earthadventure.org
Session 18: Clean Water: It’s for the Birds, Dr. Travis Wilcoxen, Millikin University
(30 minutes, 20-30 students) It’s easy to see how polluted water has an impact on animals that live in the water, like fish and frogs. The truth is clean water is extremely important for animals that spend much of their time in the air, like birds. In this session, students will learn about how pollutants in water such as lead, mercury, and pesticides can cause problems for many kinds of birds, from ducks to eagles. CC: ELA SL / ILS NGSS LS2 • millikin.edu
Session 19: Clean Water for Life, Randolph Pankiewicz, Illinois American Water Company Mobile Education Center
(30 minutes) The importance of water as a natural resource will be shown through video, instructor presentation and hands on learning. Topics will include the water cycle, water conservation, water treatment and source water. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS ESS3 / SSG2 • illinoisamwater.com
Session 20: It’s NOT Magic, It’s Science!!! Bradley University Chemistry Club & Dr. Dean Campbell
(45 minutes) Come see the Bradley Chemistry Club perform chemistry demonstrations! They will present chemistry related demonstrations that are science (not magic) in focus and will emphasize the physical and the chemical properties of water. CC: ELA SL/ ILS: NGSS PS1 • bradley.edu/campusorg/chemclub/
Session 21: Flexing your Mussell Knowledge-The Importance of Freshwater Mussels-Mike Coyne-Logan, Meghan Elgan, Living Lands & Waters
(45 minutes) Students will learn about different freshwater mussel species of the Mississippi River and their role in the ecosystem. Students will take on the role of malacologists (mussel experts) by examining mussel specimens and learning about mussel anatomy and their unique life history. This activity includes an interactive game that requires teamwork and collaboration. CC: ELA SL/ ILS: NGSS LS2, ESS3 • livinglandsandwaters.org
Session 22: The Web of Life and Bio-Accumulation, Natalie Marioni, The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center
(45 minutes) This activity begins with a short brainstorming session on what an aquatic ecosystem is, including species and interactions. This will set the stage for the next activity – Bio-Accumulation. In this activity students will act as part of the Mississippi River food web, be either a mayfly nymph, bluegill, largemouth bass, or a human/bald eagle. Student swill learn about the interactions of Mississippi River species within this food web and how plastics accumulate up the food chain and could end up in what we eat. CC: ELA SL/ ILS: NGSS LS2, ESS3 • ngrrec.org
Session 23: Marine Debris: From Land to Sea, Sarah Zack and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
(30 minutes) Our rivers, lakes, and oceans are filled with things that don’t belong there – garbage like plastic bags, newspapers, drink bottles, and food wrappers. Come explore the types of garbage that make up marine debris and what effect this has on our ecosystems. We’ll discover how long different types of marine debris last in the environment before breaking down, and experience what it’s like for an animal that’s entangled in marine debris. Students will leave this hands-on session with a greater understanding of aquatic pollution and how they can help prevent it. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS ESS3C • iiseagrant.org
Session 24: River Commerce, Culture, Conservation and Careers Jennifer Drayna, RiverWorks Discovery; National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (sponsor: CF Industries)
(45 minutes) What do commerce, culture and conservation have in common? They Work! RiverWorks Discovery educates communities about the commerce, culture, conservation, and careers of the great rivers of America and their watershed. During this presentation students will learn about life on the river, using hands on materials, to explore how communities have developed navigation, trade and travel. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS ESS3 / SS.G.2, SS.G3, SS.EC.1 • riverworksdiscovery.org • rivermuseum.com
Session 25: Understanding Plant Blindness, Illinois Botanizer, Chris Benda
(30 minutes) All life as we know it literally owes its survival to plants, yet few people know how to identify them or can explain the importance of their roles in nature. This inability to see the plants that surround us is termed “plant blindness.” This program will challenge your perceptions about plants and teach you ways to inform others about their value to humans and nature. CC: ELA SL / ILS: NGSS LS4 / SS G2 • illinoisbotanizer.com