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Release: Immediate


 WHAT: Kick-off of "Wild 2000" Project and dedication of greenhouse donated by students from Hills Elementary School
 WHO: Hills students
Mary Sue Coleman, President, University of Iowa
Barbara Grohe, Superintendent, Iowa City Community Schools
 WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 23
 WHERE: Macbride Nature Recreation Area

The University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services in cooperation with the Iowa City Community School District has received an EPA grant to fund a district wide environmental education program, "Wild 2000." The goal of "Wild 2000" is to provide a week-long wildlife camp experience for students at each of the ICCSD elementary schools annually, starting with the 1999-2000 school year. This EPA grant funds the first five schools to pilot this program this spring.

During Earth Week, April 20-24, students from Hills Elementary School will be initiating the "Wild 2000" program. The Hills students and staff have also donated a small greenhouse to the University of Iowa Wildlife Camps at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area. The students raised $2,000 for the greenhouse, which will be placed near the MNRA prairie and used to grow rare native prairie plants to be placed in the prairie.

UI President Mary Sue Coleman, ICCSD Superintendent Barbara Grohe, a Hills Elementary student, and Dave Conrads, UI Wildlife Camps Coordinator, will address the students. President Coleman will release a rehabilitated raptor at the close of the ceremony.

Macbride Nature Recreation Area is located on County Road F28 between North Liberty and Solon. For more information, call Dave Conrads at the UI Recreational Services Office at (319) 335-9289.