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Volunteers Wanted for Tree Planting in Alton, Illinois

May 7 @ 9:00 am 2:00 pm

EAST ALTON – Volunteers will help the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRRECsm) and the Three Rivers Project plant trees on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Riverfront Park and from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hampton Gardens in Alton Illinois.

Throughout the day volunteers will help plant trees across the two locations. All necessary tools will be provided but if participants have their own gardening gloves, those would be great to bring along.

This spring, Alton-based organizations will be planting trees purchased through a Recover, Replant, Restore! (RRR) grant from Trees Forever” Trees Forever Field Coordinator Emily Ehley said.

This project is also funded in part by Ameren Illinois, through their “Right Tree Right Place” as well as Swarovski Waterschool.

“The City of Alton has also been a wonderful partner, the work we are doing would not be possible without their willingness and enthusiasm to help us with this effort” Director of Environmental Education at NGRREC, Sarah Fisher said.

This event is leading up to the main planting day, taking place on May 25 at Riverfront Park and along the Landmarks and Broadway corridor in Alton Illinois.

After planting, all newly added trees will be maintained and watered throughout the summer months by volunteers and NGRREC staff.

Registration is required to ensure we have enough equipment for all volunteers.

For more information on the volunteer day visit www.ngrrec.org or contact Fisher at (618) 468-2783 or saafisher@lc.edu.

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠)
Founded in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College, NGRREC is dedicated to the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education, and outreach related to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains, watersheds, and their associated communities. To learn more about NGRREC, visit www.ngrrec.org.