In 1967, the proposed Oakley Reservoir on the Sangamon River was the catalyst for the organization that would become Prairie Rivers Network. That year, Bruce and Patricia Hannon and others collected 20,000 signatures in a petition drive to stop the dam that would have put hundreds of acres of Allerton Park underwater.
When: May 21, 2017; noon – 4:00 pm (rain or shine)
Where: Allerton Park Music Barn, 588 Allerton Road, Monticello, Illinois 61856
Bring a picnic, your lawn chairs, a hat, and a full water bottle, and enjoy these planned activities:
- A guided nature — accompany Environmental Almanac creator and PRN board member Rob Kanter on a walk to observe and photograph wildlife, wildflowers, and whatever else we find
- A guided birding walk with local birder and PRN member David Thomas
- The Traveling Science Center — learn about types of habitats and species diversity. Great for kids and adults!
- Stormwater/Rainfall Simulator – Learn what happens to all that rainwater when it falls on the ground. Courtesy of the Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District.
- The Water Project, an ensemble performance developed by local director and civic theater advocate, Latrelle Bright, examining our relationship with water
- A sampling of locally-produced honey and locally-grown artisanal grain breads
- An art and photography exhibit by local artists and photographers
- A River of Hope: Save a Place. Change Your Life — a multimedia reflection on 50 years of stewardship, including readings from PRN member Amy Hassinger’s new novel, After the Dam. Copies of Amy’s book will be available for purchase at the event.