Learn about the work and professional tenacity that led to a successful green roof at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC). Enjoy appetizers, and a tasting of locally sourced sustainable beer infused with local native flavors (cash bar available for additional purchases). Then go on a scavenger hunt to identify the native plant communities at NGRREC in East Alton.
Read the press release below and download a PDF of the flyer here.
Registration is now closed.
Contact: Nate Keener
Phone: (618) 468-2782
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Scavenger Hunt, Native Landscaping & Green Roof Presentation
at National Great Rivers Research and Education Center - September 4, 2018
A free Eat, Drink, and Grow Native! event in East Alton, IL sponsored by National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) and Lewis and Clark Community College.
Jefferson City, MO and East Alton, IL (August 3, 2018)—The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s (NGRREC) native landscaping and green roof are a success–thanks to the tenacity of native landscape contractors, NGRREC staff scientists, and gardeners at Lewis and Clark Community College. Green industry professionals and the general public alike will learn how to navigate potential trials and tribulations of a green infrastructure project, while also enjoying appetizers and locally sourced, sustainable beer infused with local native flavors at this Eat, Drink, and Grow Native! event in East Alton, IL on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. In addition, guests can participate in a scavenger hunt to identify the native plant communities at NGRREC. The event is being hosted in conjunction with NGRREC’s Neighbor Nights series.
Eat, Drink, and Grow Native! is a series of casual events designed to connect the public with native plant experts and practitioners in a relaxing setting during the growing season. Participants enjoy food and drinks at a local native garden while learning from native plant experts who helped make that installation a reality.
“This will be a great opportunity for professionals and the public to explore a significant native landscaping installation firsthand,” said Lyle Guyon, with NGRREC, “and learn about the successes and challenges we’ve experienced working with native plants at this scale, from design through five-plus years of maintenance.”
Alison Rhanor, also with NGRREC who will speak at the event along with Guyon, added, “Our monthly open house series, Neighbor Nights, is a time for the community to visit our field station, learn about a different highlighted project each month, and meet some of our scientists. NGRREC is thrilled to be partnering with Missouri Prairie Foundation to offer this joint Neighbor Night and Eat, Drink, and Grow Native! event this September.”
When: Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Register at www.grownative.org by September 3.
Where: National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, 1 Confluence Way, East Alton, IL
Founded in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center 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. Grow Native! is a native plant marketing and education program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. The service area of Grow Native! includes eastern Kansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, and northern Arkansas. Learn more at www.grownative.org.