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Clean Water Raingers: Thankful Always

Clean Water Raingers: Thankful Always

Hello again to all of our Clean Water Raingers!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. When it was time to cook the turkey and the rest of our Thanksgiving meal, I was deep in thought while standing at the sink, washing fruit for our fruit salad. What was I thinking about? I am very,...
Clean Water Raingers: November Milestones

Clean Water Raingers: November Milestones

mile·stone  (mīlˌstōn) noun Definition:  an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development. The Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s Clean Water Raingers Program is nearing two milestones.  Just about five years ago, the idea of the Clean Water Raingers program became a reality when we created our first songbook, CD of our songs,...
Clean Water Raingers: Back to School!

Clean Water Raingers: Back to School!

Welcome back, Clean Water Raingers!  I hope you all enjoyed a great summer in the Illinois River Watershed. Now it’s time to get back to work…schoolwork!  Going back to school is always an exciting time with new teachers, new friends, new subjects, maybe even a new school. Since it is the beginning of the new school year, I want...
It's A Snake...Oh, My!

It’s A Snake…Oh, My!

I was out for a morning walk with Captain Marshall recently on the Lake Fayetteville trail, totally enjoying the morning sunshine, and guess what? We were not the only ones enjoying the sunshine. I glanced to the side of the pavement and right next to the trail there she was….. a snake. Oh, My!!!! Captain...
Clean Water Raingers: Summer Fun in Our Watershed!

Clean Water Raingers: Summer Fun in Our Watershed!

School is out for most of our Clean Water Raingers. Summertime is fun time and I hope you have a lot of things planned; going on vacation, camping, swimming, fishing, hiking… there are so many things to do in the Illinois River Watershed! I know I am going to take more time this summer to do...
Clean Water Raingers: A Turtle Tale

Clean Water Raingers: A Turtle Tale

Hello to all of our Clean Water Raingers, Did you know that Arkansas is home to 16 different turtle species? Two of the most common ones you will see in the Illinois River Watershed are the three-toed box turtle and the red-eared slider.   If you find a box turtle in the wild, please remember...
Spring Is Very Beautiful In Our Watershed

Spring Is Very Beautiful In Our Watershed

Hello Clean Water Raingers, The weather is finally turning warm and the trees in our area are coming to life with flowers and leaves.  Spring is very beautiful in our watershed! Flowering trees along the Lake Fayetteville Trail There is a special day in April that is celebrated in almost every state; it is called...
Clean Water Raingers: A Conversation with Captain Marshall

Clean Water Raingers: A Conversation with Captain Marshall

Hi Kids, Hopefully, many of you have seen and heard Captain Marshall performing the Clean Water Raingers program at your school or library.  Want to know a little bit more about him?  He recently took time to sit down with me and answer some questions that I had.    Where did Marshall Mitchell (Captain Marshall)...
Clean Water Raingers:  Protecting Our Water With Trees

Clean Water Raingers: Protecting Our Water With Trees

Hello Kids, Snowy days, windy days, rainy days, sunny days….we’ve had them all these last few weeks.  The recent sunny days have me thinking about the first day of Spring and the holiday that falls right before, which is St. Patrick’s Day.  This is one of my favorite holidays. Why? Because it’s my birthday! But...
Clean Water Raingers: I Heart Rivers, Lakes and Streams

Clean Water Raingers: I Heart Rivers, Lakes and Streams

I “Heart” Rivers, Lakes, and Streams… and I know that all of our Clean Water Raingers out there love them too!     Read the paragraph below.  It probably has some words you have not learned yet, so ask your parents to help.  They might also learn something new.   A babbling brook flowing through...
Clean Water Raingers: Let's Hear it for Squirrels!

Clean Water Raingers: Let’s Hear it for Squirrels!

Hi Kids, I just learned something new and I want to share it with you.  On January 21, 2001, Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina started National Squirrel Appreciation Day.  Wow, a special day just for squirrels!  Now that I know about National Squirrel Appreciation Day, I will make a special treat for...
Clean Water Raingers: Trees... Our Gift and Our Responsibility

Clean Water Raingers: Trees… Our Gift and Our Responsibility

Hello Kids, It is the holiday season; time to take a break from school work and enjoy time with your family and friends, holiday parties, giving gifts…and receiving gifts too. I believe that we have one of the greatest gifts available year-round in Northwest Arkansas; the gift of TREES. Miss Lauren recently wrote about the...