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Central Students Explore Watershed and Prairie at Illiniwek Park

Central students at Illiniwek Park

Central High Honors Biology and Environmental Club students recently spent the day at Illiniwek Park in Hampton, Illinois, learning about our watershed and prairies. Students spoke with Illiniwek’s park ranger, Mike Peterson, about native and invasive plants as well as prairies and their benefits to riverine ecosystems. Students also heard from Betsy Bainbridge with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who led activities related to the mussel relocation at the new I-74 bridge. The entire day was organized and led by Meghan Elgan and Mike Coyne-Logan from Living Lands and Waters. Students also participated in activities to demonstrate biomagnification in ocean species as it relates to microplastics and the monarch butterfly migration and alterations to habitats. To finish the day, students got to hike through the park, enjoy the beautiful views, and remove some of the invasive garlic mustard located on the trails.