The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠), a division of Lewis and Clark Community College, 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. NGRREC℠ was founded in 2002 through a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Illinois Natural History Survey and Lewis and Clark Community College.

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2024 NGRREC STREAM Series Presents FrogWatch USA Training

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is offering citizen training to help locals monitor frog populations by...

RiverWatch Volunteers Monitor Stream Health Across Illinois

Volunteers across the state collect stream quality data on their local streams with the Illinois RiverWatch Network.

NGRREC Invites Community to Opening Night of World Water Day Photo Exhibit

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is celebrating opening night for its World Water Day Photo Contest Exhibit...

NGRREC Announces Winners for World Water Day Photo Contest

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is announcing the winners of its inaugural World Water Day photography...

Drink For a Cause at Old Bakery Beer Company to Benefit NGRREC

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) is the featured organization for Old Bakery Beer Company’s (OBB)...

Submissions Open for NGRREC World Water Day Photo Contest

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) continues to welcome submissions for its World Water Day Photo Contest.

NGRREC Presents New Documentary about the Bird voiced Treefrog

NGRREC, in collaboration with Route 3 Films, announces the premiere of their new documentary, “The Call of the Swamp: Investigating the...

RiverWatch Seeks Winter Volunteers to Study Road Salt Impact

Winter is quickly approaching, and Illinois RiverWatch is preparing to train community members to monitor chloride levels in local rivers, ponds,...

Submissions Open for NGRREC’s World Water Day Photo Contest

Photographers young and old are invited to join the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s (NGRRECsm) World Water Day Photo...

NGRREC October Neighbor Night is All About Bats

Welcome in the spooky season by learning all about bats with biologist and bat researcher Brittany Rogness at the National Great Rivers Research...

Record Number of Students Participate in 21st Annual Water Festival

More than 900 fifth graders and their instructors participated in the 21st Annual National Great Rivers Research and Education Center...

Dip Your Toes into the World of Citizen Science at Upcoming Mentoring Events

Learn what it takes to monitor a stream as an Illinois RiverWatch volunteer at an upcoming mentoring event this fall.

September Neighbor Night: Celebrating 21 years of Water Festival

The upcoming September Neighbor Night at the National Great River Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) will celebrate 21 years of Water...

Call for stories and pictures from the Great Flood of 1993

The next National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRRECsm) newsletter will be a special edition featuring a collection of personal...

NGRREC Awarded American Water Charitable Foundation 2023 Water and Environment Grant

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) announced this week that it is the recipient of an American Water...

Donors Needed for 21st Annual NGRREC, Lewis and Clark Water Festival

Lewis and Clark Community College and its National Great Rivers Research and Education Center will host the 21st Annual Water Festival, Sept. 29.

Weather Station for Gathering Atmospheric Data Deployed on Field Station Roof

Visitors to the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station will notice a new addition...

NGRREC Celebrated Female Leadership for Back-to-School Neighbor Night

Community members, legislators, Girl Scouts and staff from the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) gathered...

NGRREC Collecting Back-to-School Donations, Now Through Aug. 10

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is hosting a Back-to-School supplies drive during an upcoming Local Legislator Neighbor...

Great River Ecological Observatory Network (GREON) Station Deployed in Mississippi River Basin

Early Monday morning, July 31, NGRREC researchers took to the Mississippi River to deploy one of their GREON stations.

NGRREC and Girl Scout Troop 375 to Host Local Legislator Neighbor Night

Join the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center and Girl Scout Troop 325 at the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station in East...

Phillips 66 Awards Funds to Dell Ecology Lab at NGRREC

The Dell Ecology Lab at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) of Lewis and Clark Community College was recently...

Environmental Defense Fund Hosts Workshop at NGRREC

Nationwide participants quantified the downstream benefits of natural infrastructure.

NGRREC Interns from Lewis and Clark Present at Statewide Wildlife Conference

Two interns from the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, who are also Lewis and Clark Community College alumni, presented their...

Exhibitors Wanted for 21st Annual NGRREC, Lewis and Clark Water Festival

Lewis and Clark Community College and its National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC℠) are looking for exhibitors to take...