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"All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts.  The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants and animals, or collectively, the land ... a land ethic changes the role of Homo Sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it ... it implies respect for his fellow members, and so also respect for the community as such"

---- Aldo Leopold, "Sand County Almanac"



Summer Newsletter

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Current Events and Announcements



DVDs of the documentary film "Everglades of the North"

are available for purchase

The DVDs of the documentary "Everglades of the North are for sale through Lakeshore Public Television and you can place an order now by calling (219) 756-5656.  The cost of the DVD is $24.95, which includes shipping and handling.   They are still being processed and will not be shipped out until mid-December.

The Grand Kankakee Marsh

"Never in all my world travels, have I found a more perfect spot, not a more tantalizing river."

-- General Lew Wallace

Author, "Ben Hur"

Once known as the Northern Everglades, the Grand Kankakee Marsh was one of the largest wetlands in North America.  This riparian Garden of Eden covered much of present-day Northern Indiana and Illinois, and was home to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet.

Native Americans considered the Grand Marsh's waters to be nature's womb.  Louis XIV would claim the land as "New France."  Sportsman and market hunters called it "paradise". Industrialists made their fortunes from its seemingly endless natural resources.  For centuries the marsh gave and man took.

Links for more information on the Grand Kankakee Marsh:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife goals for reviving the grandeur of the Grand Kankakee Marsh:

Waterfowl U.S.A., Northwest Indiana Chapter:

The Documentary "Everglades of the North" on Facebook:

The Indiana Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration Project:

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Public Radio WKCC 91.1 FM

at Kankakee Community College


programs that focus on topics related to conservation, sustainability and the environment


Outside with Chicago Sun Times outdoor columnist Dale Bowman, is a locally produced, half hour programs featuring interesting talks with local outdoors men and women about birding, fishing, hunting and hiking adventures along the rivers and in the woods and prairies of Illinois.

This program is aired each Monday at 4:30 p.m. and rebroadcast Sundays at 12:30 p.m.

Bioneers is another series of programs with a sustainability focus which can be heard Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

The Green Minute messages feature KCC faculty, staff, and students providing tips about how to live a more sustainable lifestyle, conserve energy and resources and even save money. These are aired on weekdays.

Learn more at or call the station at 815-802-8230.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Hi everyone!  We have some really special volunteer days and tours planned at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.  Bring your family and friends and come join us!  Click here for a full event calendar:   

To RSVP for Volunteer Days: Please contact Gemma Guenther, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, by phone at  

815-423-2148 , email


Volunteer with The Nature Conservancy:

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Birding in Kankakee County

There is a very active Audubon Club in Kankakee County. Click the following links for resources, & to download documents :

Kankakee Valley Audubon Fall Field Trips


Species Checklist

Bi-Annual Birdcount Participant Checklist

Do your own birding, and turn in your data here:

Birding Data:

eBird: Global tools for birders, critical data for science

bulletRecord the birds you see
bulletKeep track of your bird lists
bulletExplore dynamic maps and graphs
bulletShare your sightings and join the eBird community
bulletContribute to science and conservation

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How to Enter the Hidden World of the Birds

Free video with Jon Young ....

Birds are the sentinels of the forest - they alert other animals to our presence, often long before we even know they are there.

The birds also tell us a lot about our own state of being, as we move on the landscape.

How can we see the more elusive animals of the forest?

Or get a deeper window into the lives of the birds right outside our door?

In this video, Jon Young takes you on a "virtual walk."  Learn how to see more of the hidden world of nature right in your own backyard.

Happy Bird watching!

You can view the videos here:

In the following video, Jon Young takes us further into the world of bird language.  We can get back to "baseline" ... which is the first key to understanding the deeper language of nature.  Find out how here:

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More Events and Activities:

Sustainability Office  at Kankakee Community College

Midwest Permaculture  for upcoming events

Center for Sustainable Community  for upcoming events

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Scholarship Announcement

The Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District is seeking applicants for its Richard L. Witt scholarship.  This $750.00 college scholarship is open to students who are residents of Kankakee County and who are pursuing a program in forestry, conservation, environmental science or a related area.

Requirements for eligibility:

1) Completed at least 48 semester hours (or equivalent) of college transfer courses with at least 16 hours in the sciences.

2) Grade point average of at least 2.2 on a 4.0 scale.

3) A copy of his/her letter of acceptance from the accredited 4 year college or university where the scholarship will be applied.

4) Two letters of reference from college instructors to include at least once science instructor.

5) A written statement describing his/her interest in forestry, conservation, environmental science or a related area.

             Application forms and instructions are available at the Forest Preserve District Office at 3301 Waldron Road, Aroma Park, Illinois, or by calling 815-935-5630.



Green Drinks Kankakee



2014 Programs to be announced


The event is sponsored by the Council for Community Sustainability, a public outreach group created as part of the sustainability initiative at Kankakee Community College.

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Kankakee River  Valley Forest Preserve District

3301 Waldron Road P.O. Box 13 Aroma Park, Illinois 60910

phone: 815-935-5630

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last updated on July 23, 2014