Clean Water Celebration

The SUN Foundation presents the 26th Clean Water Celebration: Plastic Debris from Rivers to the Sea


Junk+arriving,+photo+by+Morgan+KavanaughClean Water Celebration 2018 will be held on April 22nd and 23rd, 2018

Two Days, Three Events for Middle School, High School, and College Students and the General Public!

The theme for this year is “Plastic Debris from Rivers to the Sea”.  Marcus Eriksen, Research Director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute, will be our keynote speaker.



Sun Foundation  CWC 2018 Keynote speaker:Marcus-5-gyres

Marcus Eriksen

Research Director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. He studies the global distribution and ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, which has included expeditions sailing through all 5 subtropical gyres, Bay of Bengal, Southern Ocean and inland lakes and rivers, recently publishing the first global estimate of all plastic of all sizes floating in the world’s oceans, totaling 270,000 metric tons from 5.25 trillion particles. In 2013 he and colleagues published the discovery of microbeads in the Great Lakes, which became the cornerstone for a US-based campaign to eliminate plastic microbeads from cosmetics, resulting in the Microbead-Free Waters Act, which became US federal law in 2015.


EXHIBITORS-See below for exhibition opportunities on Monday, April 23rd!

Tentative Schedule:img_2683

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018


Peoria Riverfront

4:00 PM outside the Gateway Building, 200 NE Water St.., Peoria, IL

– (FREE!) Public invited Donations accepted.

Parade of Waters and Native American Blessing of the Waters by Jimmy Lakota and Brian Fox Ellis. Bring a small container of water from your local surface or groundwater source.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018


LECTURE 6:30 pm

Trailside Event Center (Trefzger’s), 4416 North Prospect, Peoria Heights

Open to the Public

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Marcus Eriksen, Plastic Debris from Rivers to the Sea

Dinner & Lecture               Adults $25, Students $15

Lecture Only (6:30 p.m.)    FREE. Donations accepted

To Register for Dinner & Lecture:

Register Online

 or register by phone (309-246-8403).

Limited walk-ins available

Reservations & Payment to:

The Sun Foundation

1276 Sun Road

Washburn, IL 61570

or via the online registration.

Deadline for Reservation April 15


MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018

Clean Water Celebration Environmental Classroom

For Middle and High School students and teachers, homeschoolers and students of all ages (FREE)
Supporting NGSS LS2, ESS3, ETS1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL and SS.G.2

Schools: If you would like financial support for transportation, there are options for you:

IDNR provides money through its Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant. This grant provides up to $500 per teacher. This grant must be applied for by January 31, 2018. 

Below is another source of funding for schools in Mason, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties; see application form below for applying for financial support. Funding through these sources are awarded on a first come first serve basis.

If you and/or your students are interested in being part of this event by helping in the planning, by presenting, by exhibiting, or by volunteering, do not hesitate to contact us.  
For  more  information contact Karen  Zuckerman, 309.231.7451 .


Public is invited (FREE) Donations accepted.

Peoria Civic Center 201 SW Jefferson Ave. Peoria

Interactive exhibits, streams & breakout sessions: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

No pre-registration required for the general public, schools are asked to pre-register to schedule their session choices (Registration form for schools and groups will be posted below in January, 2018 )

Keynote Sessions: 9 and 11am

Marcus Eriksen, Plastic Debris from Rivers to the Sea

The “Making Waves” award in recognition of outstanding work for the environment and water resources for area schools, individuals, and businesses will also be presented.


Apply here for Mason, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford County Schools-Application Form for Requesting Financial Support to Attend the Sun Foundation Clean Water Celebration for 2018

IDNR also provides money through its Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant. This grant provides up to $500 per teacher. This grant must be applied for by January 31, 2018



img_2672The Sun Foundation invites students, teachers, community leaders, and the general public to attend the Peoria Clean Water Celebration. This two day, three event program takes place in three different locations (Peoria Riverfront, Trailside Event Center, and Peoria Civic Center). Clean Water Celebration encourages us to learn to improve water quality, to think critically and creatively about adequate and safe water supplies, and to promote the wise use of natural resources.

img_3610The Clean Water Celebration is a conference for middle/high school students, general public and focuses on water. Keynote sessions are presented to large audiences or these students to create a base of knowledge that will help them be better waste stewards. Smaller breakout sessions focus on specific water quality issues that teachers can choose for their classes to study.



Clean Water Exhibitors:

Exhibitions will be held on April 23rd.  Set up times are Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:00 am to 8:30 am.

Booth Prices (Booths are 10′ x 10′ and include an 8′ table and chair)

Non-profit exhibit booth: $110

Business/agency booth: $200

School (K-12 and above) exhibit booth: $50

Additional tables: $10

Electrical Hookup: $70 (if chosen at registration; $90 the day of the event)

Exhibitors click here to register:
Register Online


Interested in planning your own Clean Water Celebration? Click Here to learn how