Illinois Natural History Survey Since 1858, the Illinois Natural History Survey has been the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois. Read More Founding Organizations NGRREC℠ was established in 2002 as a partnership between the Illinois Natural History Survey, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL. Each institution brings unique strengths to the partnership including the Survey’s history and experience with monitoring the state’s rivers, the University of Illinois’ world-class research expertise and Lewis and Clark’s location as a hub in the community at the confluence of the state’s great rivers. The unique partnership has enabled the Center’s rapid growth and contributions to watershed research and education. About the Illinois Natural History Survey Since 1858, the Illinois Natural History Survey has been the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois---the state's biological memory. With a staff of over 200 scientists and technicians, it is recognized as the premier natural history survey in the nation. Over the years, its mission has remained fairly constant: to investigate the diversity, life histories, and ecology of the plants and animals of the state; to publish research results so that those resources can be managed wisely; and to provide information to the public in order to foster an understanding and appreciation of our natural heritage. Learn more about the Illinois Natural History Survey. About the University of Illinois The University of Illinois is the state’s flagship public university and a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. A land-grant university, Illinois is distinguished by the breadth of its programs, broad academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. The University of Illinois serves the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. Learn more about the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. About Lewis and Clark Community College Lewis and Clark Community College is a two-year higher education institution with multiple campuses, a river research center, Community Education Centers and training centers located throughout the 220,891-person college district, which reaches into seven counties. Founded in 1970 with 450 students, today Lewis and Clark serves approximately 26,000 students annually. Learn more about Lewis and Clark Community College.