Local Environmental Resources and Organizations

Agricultural Watershed Institute, Decatur, IL: AWI's mission is to conduct research and educational programs on practices and policies to improve water quality; maintain or restore ecosystem health; and conserve and manage land and water resources in agricultural watersheds.

Mercy Gardens, Decatur, IL: Our purpose is to create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for low-income residents through growing vegetables and fruits sustainably.

Environmental Education Association of Illinois, Urbana, IL: The Mission of the Environmental Education of Illinois (EEAI) has been to maintain a vital network that supports and advances quality environmental education throughout the state. Since inception, EEAI has provided leadership at the local, state and national level within the environmental education community by providing and supporting professional development services to the formal and non-formal educator.

The I.D.E.A. Store, Champaign, IL: "At The I.D.E.A. Store, we’re passionate about finding fun, functional and creative reuse for the materials we often take for granted.  With a massive and ever-changing inventory of donated materials, projects of all sizes have never been as easy or Earth-friendly.  We’re a store, a community, a donation center – we are a marketplace of items and ideas!"

The Illinois Raptor Center, Decatur, IL: The Purpose of  the Illinois Raptor Center  is  the rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife for their return to the wild; the extension of wildlife and environmental education; to protect threatened and endangered species through education and rehabilitation; to promote humane and responsible treatment of animals; all within the guidelines of local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Prairie Rivers Network, Champaign, IL: Prairie Rivers Network is Illinois’ statewide leader in river protection, conservation, and restoration. Prairie Rivers Network strives to protect the rivers and streams of Illinois and to promote the lasting health and beauty of watershed communities. By providing information, sound science, and hands-on assistance, Prairie Rivers Network helps individuals and community groups become effective river conservation leaders.

Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center, Decatur, IL: Rock Springs Center is the largest park in the Macon County Conservation District properties with a total of 1,343 acres in the southwest area of Decatur, IL. The Sangamon River runs through Rock Springs and several small ponds dot the landscape. A wide range of terrain including forest, wetland, grassland, and restored Illinois prairie make Rock Springs a destination for nature lovers. Rock Springs is also home to a large nature center, a museum, a restored farmhouse, nearly nine miles of hiking trails, and a paved bike trail. Rock Springs is a favorite for families all year round. Rooms and pavilions are available for rent for meetings and events.