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  • Neighbor Nights

    Neighbor Nights is a community event series at NGRREC held from 6 - 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month throughout the year. Neighbor Nights is an excellent time for you, our river neighbor, to come and learn more about the great rivers of the world, the watersheds that feed them, and the communities that use them. It's also an opportunity to learn more about our LEED-certified field station.

    Each event offers something different and highlights a unique project led by one of our researchers, educators, conservationists or community partners so make sure to check back for more information about upcoming topics and join us for a few of your favorites!

    How to Attend

    Neighbor Nights events are currently being offered in-person. These events are free and open to the public.

    Upcoming Events

    Water Fest Celebration and Reunion (download flyer)
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m. September 19, 2023
    1 Confluence Way, East Alton IL 62024

    Join the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center at the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station in East Alton for an evening celebrating 20+ years of Water Festival. The event will showcase the long history and community commitment to Water Festival. Over 1500 fifth-grade students have experience Water Festival since its establishment in 2002.

    Don’t know what Water Festival is? Then join us to learn about this impactful environmental education experience! Have you attended Water Festival as a student, teacher, volunteer or exhibitor? Please join us to share your memories and experiences. We will highlight the many sponsors, volunteers and unsung heroes who have made this event possible.

  • Past Events

    Missed one of our events and want to check it out? Visit NGRREC's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/ngrrecofficial for more videos.


  • Contact

    Environmental Education Department

    1 Confluence Way
    East Alton, IL 62024

    Phone: (618) 468-2790

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    Upcoming Events




    Aug. 8, 2023 Local Legislator Night
    Sep. 19, 2023 The 21st Water Festival Kick-off
    Oct. 17, 2023 An Evening of Batty Science: The Important Role of Bats
    Nov. 13, 2023 Fall Intern Showcase