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 the Water—you are invited to bring a small container of water from your local surface or groundwater source and be a part of the ceremonies.


Keynote Speaker

Hannah-testa-clean-water-celebration.jpg

April 28, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Contemporary Arts Center
305 Water Street, Peoria, IL
Registration required
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
Registration required
$25 – Adults
$15 – Students

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


Environmental Classroom

April 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center
201 SW Jefferson Ave
Peoria, Illinois
Free, registration required for schools/groups

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

Each part of the day may be supporting student performance of the Illinois State Learning Standards in one or more of the following areas:

  • Common Core English

  • Language Arts: Listening & Writing;

  • NGSS Science: Life Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Technology & Application as well as Cross Cutting Concepts;

  • Social Sciences: Geography & History;

  • Fine Arts: Music, Visual, Theater; Foreign Languages

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.

Pre-registration will begin in January 2019.

Financial Support

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

  • IDNR provides money through its Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant. This grant provides up to $500 per teacher. This grant must be applied for by January 31, 2019.  

  • 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, download the application.

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

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!

Schedule

Sunday, April 28, 2019

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

Dinner
5:30 p.m.
Contemporary Arts Center
Registration required

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

Registration deadline: April 15

Monday, April 29, 2019

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