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Peep Peep and the Big Wide World

Peep is a newly hatched chicken who goes on daily adventures with his friends Chirp the robin and Quack the duck. The three pals live a large urban park they call "the big wide world" and is the setting for all their lessons. (narrated by Joan Cusack)

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 Peep Plants a Seed
 Peep’s New Friend

Scratch Garden Cycle Songs by Scratch Garden

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 The Life Cycle Song
 The Water Cycle Song


Peep Peekaboo Kidz

Peekaboo is a cheerful destination with colourful animation for all the Happy Children of the world! Specially designed for kids as they explore the World of Kids Educational Videos, Classic English songs, Phonics Songs, Lullabies and more!

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 Carnivorous Plants
 How Deep is the Ocean?
 Structure of the Earth
 Type of Clouds
 What Causes Air-Pollution?
  What Causes E-Waste?
 What Causes Noise Pollution?
 What Causes Plastic-Pollution?
  What Causes Soil-Pollution?
 What Cases Water-Pollution?


Peep Peep and the Big Wide World

Peep is a newly hatched chicken who goes on daily adventures with his friends Chirp the robin and Quack the duck. The three pals live a large urban park they call "the big wide world" and is the setting for all their lessons. (narrated by Joan Cusack)

Watch:
 Peep Plants a Seed
 Peep’s New Friend


Peep TED-Ed

TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of TED-Ed animations, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website (ed.ted.com).

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 Hummingbirds: Tiny But Fierce
 The Incredible Elephant Trunk
 The Incredible Evolution of Fish Bodies
 How Do Birds Learn to Sing?
 How Turtle Shells Evolved
  The Surprising Reasons Animals Play Dead
 The Weird and Wonderful Metamorphosis of the Butterfly
 Why are Sloths So Slow?
  Why isn’t the world covered in poop?


Peep BellMuseum

The Bell Museum is Minnesota’s official natural history museum, established by the legislature in 1872 and held in trust by the University of Minnesota. For over a century, the museum has preserved and interpreted our state’s rich natural history. The Bell’s collections contain over one million specimens, representing every county in Minnesota and various locales around the globe. With a mission to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world, the Bell aims to serve learners of all ages.

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  What’s the Deal with Carbon?


Peep TED-Ed

TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of TED-Ed animations, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website (ed.ted.com).

Watch:
 Ashton Cofer: A Young Inventor’s Plan to Recycle Styrofoam
 Can 100% renewable energy power the world?
 Climate Change
 Hummingbirds: Tiny But Fierce
 How Do Birds Learn to Sing?
 How Turtle Shells Evolved
 The Incredible Elephant Trunk
 The Incredible Evolution of Fish Bodies
 The Surprising Reasons Animals Play Dead
 The Weird and Wonderful Metamorphosis of the Butterfly
 Why are Sloths So Slow?
 Why every world map is wrong
 Why isn’t the world covered in poop?

Academy of Lifelong Learning at LLCC: The Big Read Academy of Lifelong Learning at LLCC: The Big Read

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read in Sangamon County is sponsored this year by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College with the support of Lincoln Library. We are also pleased to have 48 other community organizations as partners, including the city of Springfield’s Public Works Department and the recently re-established Urban Forestry Commission of Springfield. More than 80 events will be held in March and April, 2021, including both digital and in person programs.

The book selected for this community reading project is “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren, the memoir of her life as a scientist exploring botany, with particular research in soils and trees. The book offers multiple themes of nature along with those of ethnicity, parental influence, relationships, mental illness, career choices, issues of funding for science research and more, making its appeal widely accepted. A limited number of free copies will be available at the Fair and the book is also available for check out at most area libraries, multiple formats.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning offers opportunities for anyone age 50 or greater to stay mentally and physically active. Each month 10-16 classes and activities are planned and led by members who enjoy meeting interesting friends, sharing ideas, exploring topics of interest, learning from one another and having fun. For info, call 217-786-2432.

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 Life Cycle of a Dream
 Life Cycle of a Dream by Rachel Rambach


City of Springfield Animal Protective League (APL)

The Animal Protective League is committed to ending the euthanasia of healthy cats and dogs in Sangamon County. Every year, APL rescues more than 2,000 kittens, puppies, and adult cats and dogs who have been surrendered to animal-control facilities, are left homeless because of their owners’ changing circumstances, or left to fend for themselves only to fall victim to illness, injury, or abuse. APL is unique among area animal-welfare organizations because it specializes in caring for un-owned, sick, and injured cats and dogs—the ones that would suffer and die without our intervention. Animals are cared for in our shelter and in foster homes until they are adopted to new owners. To stem the over-population of cats and dogs that leads to pet homelessness, all are spayed or neutered before adoption, and they are among the 12,000 or more surgeries performed each year in APL’s high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinic, whose clients include individual pet owners as well as rescue groups located within 90 miles of Springfield . To ensure the health of pets, APL offers low-cost vaccine clinics and a pet-food-bank. Volunteers are a vital part of APL’s success, with community members assisting staff with daily tasks, adoption events, fundraising, and maintenance.

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 Animal Protective League (APL)


City of Springfield City of Springfield

The City of Springfield has created safety videos to help residents stay safe while walking, bicycling, and driving. Any questions please call the City at 217.789.2000

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 Basic Walking Safety: created for kids walking to and from school
 Basic Biking Safety: includes information on hand signals, how to properly wear a helmet, and road hazards
 Basic Driving Safety: includes information on hazards, visibility, and pedestrian safety


Copper Pot Cooking Studio Copper Pot Cooking Studio

Denise Perry, Chef/Owner of Copper Pot Cooking Studio, believes anyone can benefit from learning to cook. Whether you want a class that builds on the basics or would like to learn an impressive new skill, Copper Pot Cooking Studio offers courses to fit your needs.

 Website
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 Promotional Video


Earth Hour Earth Hour 2021

Earth Hour has always drawn its power from the people - this year was no exception. Despite the physical distance, people the world over were still able to unite digitally to speak up for nature louder than ever. Even though the annual Earth Hour was in March, every hour is an Earth Hour.

Earth Hour Stats

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 What Covid-19 has taught us about our planet, and ourselves
 A Message of Hope
 2021 Global Highlight Video
 2020 Official Video: “Rock the World”


Epic Gardening Epic Gardening

Epic Gardening has a simple mission: Help 100,000,000+ people around the world learn how to grow fresh, healthy food, no matter where they live.

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 9 Beginner Raised Bed Garden Mistakes to Avoid


Gift of Hope Gift of Hope

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is proud to serve as the federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) that coordinates organ and tissue donation and services to families of donors in the northern three-quarters of Illinois and northwest Indiana. Since our inception in 1986, we have coordinated donations that have saved the lives of more than 23,000 organ transplant recipients, and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of tissue transplant recipients. As one of 58 organ procurement organizations that make up the nation’s organ donation system, we work with 183 hospitals in our donation service area.

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 Promotional Video


Grow Springfield  Grow Springfield

Grow Springfield is an organization committed to increasing access to fresh, locally grown food throughout Springfield and the surrounding areas by linking individuals to community gardens, encouraging urban farming and re-connecting individuals with the land, their heritage and their communities.

We envision a Springfield where community gardens are abundant; where farm-stands and farmers markets are a part of daily life; where opportunities exist for urban growers to make a living; where residents know where their food comes from, how it is grown and how to use it; and families are healthier & happier as a result.

 Website
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 Promotional Video


Habitat For Humanity  Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat ReStore: Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County’s ReStore is the place to shop for new and used home goods and building materials at affordable prices! Some items available for purchase - small & large appliances (new & used), furniture, antiques, flooring, home décor, cabinets, outdoor tools (lawnmowers, snowblowers, trimmers, etc.), windows and doors, bathroom & kitchen fixtures, tables and chairs.

The ReStore also accepts donations, subject to customer demand, from contractors, suppliers, individuals and organizations. All items for acceptance are subject to ReStore staff discretion.

The ReStore then sells these goods to the general public to help fund the construction of new Habitat houses within the local community. The ReStore performs a valuable community service by diverting large amounts of reusable materials from landfills and providing these products to the public at affordable prices.

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 Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County Restore
 Upcycling Wood to Make A Birdhouse


 Huws Nursery

Huws Nursery is a channel which dedicates itself to teaching you how to grow an abundance of food at your home. Videos are uploaded every week and cover a vast range of subjects including; soil health, sowing, transplanting, weeding, organic tips, permaculture, pest control, harvesting and low maintenance growing to name a few.

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 17 Brilliant FREE Vegetable Gardening Hacks/ More Food for Less Effort


Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR): Division of Education  Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR): Division of Education

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Education is responsible for the development and dissemination of educational programs and materials about the natural resources of the state and for training in their use. Professional development workshops through the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program offer Professional Development Hours for teachers. Grants for developing wildlife habitat on school grounds or other public places and for taking students on field trips to natural areas and state historic sites in Illinois are offered. Educational materials for use in the classroom include lessons, video podcasts and publications. Resources trunks and packs are hands-on units that may be borrowed from locations throughout the state. The Web page is filled with information about the species and habitats of the state. Teachers, home-schooling educators, scout leaders, youth group leaders and families are among the people who utilize the information and resources.

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 Kids for Trees: Tree Planting


Jubilee Farm Jubilee Farm

What is Jubilee Farm? A peaceful destination, a place of integrity, a home to farm animals and wildlife, an educational resource, a demonstration of living in an ecologically responsible way, an oasis for spirituality, a special gift to those who seek solace and spiritual enrichment in nature. Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, Jubilee Farm is a 164 acre center for ecology and spirituality located just west of Springfield, Illinois.

Our programs and services, ministry of hospitality and gently rolling expanse of grassland provide a setting where individuals and groups can nurture their spiritual and emotional growth. Come walk the land or spend time in quiet retreat. Our walking trails, outdoor labyrinth, creek and ponds offer tranquil settings for reflection.

Jubilee Farm’s programs and classes promote an understanding of our interdependent relationship to the whole of creation and offer insights into how to live more sustainably on our home planet. Our vegetable gardens and orchard produce healthy, chemical-free foods and are complemented by our classes that teach holistic and sustainable ways of eating.

We offer tours and programs for children and adults. Handmade pottery, fiber and woodworking items are for sale at our Creative Arts Center, which also has a large meeting space for groups. We also offer spiritual direction and private or directed retreats at LaCasa, which is located close to the gardens. LaCasa accommodates small group gatherings and a reading room with a lending library of books, audiovisual materials and children’s curriculums.

 Website
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 Promotional Video


Lincoln Library  Lincoln Library

Lincoln Library is a division of the City of Springfield The history of Lincoln Library stretches back in time for well over 150 years to 1856, when a group of Springfield businessmen organized a subscription library. Known as the Springfield Library Association, members or stockholders of the organization were able to check out books from the library. The Association incorporated on March 15, 1866 and opened a new library in 1869 under the management of Samuel Willard. A comprehensive catalogue of the library was published in 1871 with an alphabetical list of the 3,000 volumes in the library and the association’s bylaws. Since its founding the library has been in several locations.

In 1974, the original Carnegie library building was demolished to make way for a 3-story, 94,500 square foot structure. During construction, the library continued to operate out of temporary facilities located in a former JC Penney’s store at 522 East Adams. With construction complete by 1976, the new library made its grand opening to the public on February 21, 1977 with a collection of over 250,000 volumes. The building was noted for its free-standing stairway, skylight and Carnegie Room used for library programs and meetings of community groups. The entire building has been renovated in the past ten years with the addition of a computer classroom, expanded public computer area and study rooms.

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 Promotional Video


National Geographic  National Geographic

With many of Africa’s key species, including elephants, heading toward extinction, Akashinga is a radical, new and highly effective weapon against poaching. Founded in Zimbabwe by former Australian special forces soldier and anti-poaching leader Damien Mander, the women-only team of rangers is revolutionizing the way animals are protected, communities are empowered — and its members’ own lives are being transformed. Mander’s innovative approach to conservation calls for community buy-in rather than full-on armed assault against poachers: If a community understands the economic benefits of preserving animals, then it will eliminate poaching without an armed struggle.

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 Akashinga: The Brave Ones


Patagonia Films Patagonia Films

Patagonia Films presents Treeline: A Story Written in Rings, available in full for the first time. Follow a group of skiers, snowboarders, scientists and healers to the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristlecones of Nevada, as they explore an ancient story written in rings.

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 Treeline: A Story Written in Rings


Sustainable Springfield, Inc. Sustainable Springfield, Inc.

Sustainable Springfield Inc. (SSI) is an environmental grass roots organization that promotes and inspires sustainable solutions by our local governments, the business community, and Springfield area citizens through education, networking, and collaboration.

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 Promotional Video


JunsKitchen Urban Action Network

We all have great ideas. But turning ideas into action is harder than one might think, especially in neglected areas with limited resources. We’re proud to support local activists and community-based organizations that are creating and promoting community solutions. UAct provides in-kind, hands-on project management assistance to design, develop, execute and sustain community-based projects and activities. We provide tools, resources and connections to help local activists and organizations realize their goals.

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 2021 WPC Earth Care Video
 Map Link


JunsKitchen Westminster Presbyterian Church

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 2021 WPC Earth Care Video


WindSolar USA WindSolar USA

WindSolarUSA, Inc. is a full-service renewable energy and energy efficiency company offering solar photovoltaics, solar pool heating, wind and LED lighting technologies. Our services include customer and public education, site assessment, consulting services, research/communication of funding opportunities, system sizing and design, cost modeling, product procurement and project management. We can even recommend local financing opportunities for those that need it!

Founded in 2008 for the purpose of being able to assist individuals, businesses, municipalities and rural agricultural producers to secure clean energy at a fixed price for partial or total energy self-sufficiency, the company offers site assessments and technical sales advisors to professionally evaluate your renewable resource(s)/LED lighting opportunities and develop your project. We are proud to offer American-made products professionally installed by skilled labor.

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 Promotional Video


World Wildlife Fund World Wildlife Fund: “Work out Your Wild Side”

WWF has put together weekly exercises you can do with kids that are animal related/themed.

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 Work Out Your Wild Side