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Mighty Acorns nature education program available next summer at Joliet YMCA

JOLIET – The Conservation Foundation is partnering with the Greater Joliet Area YMCA to offer the Mighty Acorns nature education program at the Plainfield location starting in the summer of 2018.

Mighty Acorns is aimed at third through fifth graders to get kids outside for hands-on experiences learning about the environment and how to care for it

The program will be offered at the C.W. Avery Family YMCA at 15120 Wallin Dr. in Plainfield as a two-year pilot program through 2019. The natural areas the Mighty Acorns groups will steward will be either on-site at the YMCA or within walking distance and may include planting a butterfly garden.

The Conservation Foundation offers the Mighty Acorns program to more than 1,000 students each year, giving them opportunities outside of the classroom to discover nature up close and to participate in taking care of local land and waterways through stewardship activities. Mighty Acorns is tied to Next Generation Science Standards, STEM, and Common Core.

For more information, visit jolietymca.org.

With more than 4,000 members, TCF is one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations. Since it was founded in 1972, TCF has helped preserve more than 33,000 acres of open space, restored and cleaned miles of rivers and streams, and educated thousands of kids by engaging them in nature and the outdoors.

TCF’s mission is to improve the health of our communities by preserving and restoring natural areas and open space, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment.

For more information, visit theconservationfoundation.org.

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