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Teachers, Parents, and Valued Partners in Watershed Education and Conservation:

We have exciting news to share that impacts our watershed education and outreach programs.  This spring, construction will begin for an outdoor classroom pavilion, public parking lots, and the installation of Low Impact Development (LID) elements at the Watershed Sanctuary to better serve you and offer a unique educational experience.  Thank you for your continued support and patience throughout this renovation process!  Due to heavy construction traffic and excavation work, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership will offer limited programming at the Watershed Sanctuary between March and June 2015.  We are offering an after-school pilot program for K - 5th graders with a maximum capacity of 18 kids, which will run from January 26 to May 29, 2015.  
As always, the IRWP staff is happy to come to your school or meeting place for classroom programs and presentations, with special highlights on Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development, as well as site-specific conservation projects like tree planting and creek cleanups.  Also, check out our 2015 event calendar for opportunities outside the classroom!
We apologize for the inconvenience, but please know that risk management and public safety are of utmost importance to us.  We will work hard to accommodate small-scale programs at the Watershed Sanctuary during this time, particularly those that take place in areas that are not under construction, but we are unable to accommodate large groups of students for full-day educational programs until construction on the outdoor classroom is complete.   
If you already have a program scheduled at the Watershed Sanctuary for spring 2015, an IRWP staff member will soon be in touch with you to discuss potential program modifications.
Keep an eye on the Watershed Sanctuary this spring and summer, as big things are about to happen!  We appreciate your understanding.  Thank you, and we’ll see you soon!
Teachers and Administrators: Please watch your school mailbox for IRWP Education Resource Packets this spring!  These materials will be disseminated at NWA schools over the next couple of months.
THANK YOU to our wonderful partners, sponsors, and volunteers who make good things possible!

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