Schedule

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Opening Ceremonies
4:00 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Gateway Building
Free and open to the public!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Dinner
5:30 p.m.
Contemporary Arts Center

Keynote Lecture
6:30 p.m.
Contemporary Arts Center

Monday, April 29, 2019

Clean Water Celebration Environmental Classroom
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center

Keynote Lecture
9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Peoria Civic Center

Skip the Straw

Pledge to skip the straw starting April 29 to help reduce plastic straw usage.

Learn more →


Opening Ceremonies

 

April 28, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Gateway Building
200 NE Water St., Peoria, IL
Free and open to the public!

Parade of Waters and Native American Blessing of Waters by Jimmy Lakota, Brian Fox Ellis with Native American and African Drum performances by Oba William King and Chip Roberts.

The public is invited to bring a small container of surface or groundwater for the blessing.


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Keynote Speaker

April 28, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Contemporary Arts Center
305 Water Street, Peoria, IL
Free and open to the public

Hannah Testa is a sustainability advocate, international speaker and founder of Hannah4Change, an organization dedicated to fighting issues that impact the planet. She excels at partnering with businesses and government to influence them to develop more sustainable practices. Hannah has received numerous honors and awards, including the Teen Earth Day Hero by CNN, the Young Superhero for Earth Award by Captain Planet, the Action for Nature International Young Eco-Hero Award, the Gloria Barron Prize, and many others. She is a board member, advisor, and youth ambassador for several organizations.

Take a look at her accomplishments: Hannah4Change.org

Dinner

April 28, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Contemporary Arts Center
305 Water Street, Peoria, IL
$25 – Adults
$15 – Students

Join us for a dinner before keynote speaker Hannah Testa takes the stage.

Registration for the keynote and dinner has closed. Contact cleanwater@sunfoundation.org with questions.


Environmental Classroom

 

April 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center
201 SW Jefferson Ave
Peoria, Illinois
Registration is closed. Contact cleanwater@sunfoundation.org with questions.

No pre-registration required for the general public.

Schools (grades 4-12), homeschools, and other groups are asked to pre-register to schedule their session choices.

The Environmental Classroom is full of interactive exhibits, streams, and breakout sessions for students and community to participate in.

Keynote Presentations 
You Are the Change! presented by Hannah Testa, with guest musical performances by The Blank Stairs. Presentations at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Environmental Streams 
Showcasing topics from aquatic life, watersheds and recycling.

Interactive Exhibits 
Environmental topics, art, STEM and more! 

Special Event Sessions 
Presentations by artists, storytellers, field scientists, youth citizen scientists, national and state environmental organizations.

Zero Waste
We strive to make this event zero waste by providing Zero Waste Stations throughout the venue.


Other Details

Learning Standards

All of our activities have learning standards listed for your convenience in planning your day.

(CC) Common Core, (ELA) English Language Arts, (SL) Speaking and Listening, (W) Writing, and the (ILS) Illinois Learning Standards: Science or (NGSS) Next Generation of Science Standards, (SS) Social Sciences, (FA) Fine Arts, (MA) Media Arts, (MU) Music, (VA) Visual Arts, and (FL) Foreign Language

Bus Funding

If you would like financial support for transportation, there are options for you:

  • The Central Region Groundwater Protection Committee, Peoria County Sustainability, and Tazewell County Solid Waste Program, are offering schools within Mason, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties financial support to pay for transportation of students to this event. Funding through these sources are awarded on a first come first serve basis. Apply →

  • Schools in Marshall Putnam Counties, call Stacy at the Marshall Putnam Conservation District for instructions: 309-364-3991 ext. 3. 

Making Waves Award 

Making Waves Awards for those who have gone above and beyond to protect and preserve clean water and the environment in the categories of: student, teacher, school, individual, government, organization.

Zero Waste

We strive to make this event zero waste by providing Zero Waste Stations throughout the venue. Learn more →

Volunteer

If you and/or your students are interested in being part of this event by helping in the planning, by presenting, by exhibiting, or by volunteering, apply today!