Left to right: Four Rivers facility supervisor Tina Riley; Forest Preserve interpretive naturalist Erin Ecker; Forest Preserve Chief Operating Officer Ralph Schultz; Linda Mueller, ONEOK budget analyst and community investment committee member; and Preston Wilson, ONEOK environmental specialist. (Photo by Chad Merda)
ONEOK Partners L.P., a Tulsa, Okla.-based energy company, recently donated $4,000 to the Forest Preserve's Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.
The money will be used to purchase lab equipment for a new field trip program that focuses on water quality assessments.
"We are thrilled to receive this grant from ONEOK to support educational programming at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center," said facility supervisor Tina Riley. "The funds will allow us to purchase lab technology and equipment that will give students hands-on experience conducting water quality tests."
The new field trip program will help middle and high school students explore science topics in a natural setting at Four Rivers, which is located where the Des Plaines, DuPage and Kankakee rivers meet to form the Illinois River. The field trip program will increase students' awareness of water as a critical resource, encourage critical thinking, introduce them to lab technology and expose them to science careers and opportunities.
"With both the new and existing field trip offerings, we hope to spark an interest in science as well as an appreciation for our local natural resources," Riley said. "The ONEOK grant will help us continue to provide valuable, standards-based programming that supports school curriculum in our region."