Shawnee Group Programs - Educational and Free!

Free and Open to all!

Upcoming Programs, Shawnee Group

NOTE: Start time at 7 PM!
Location (unless otherwise noted): 217 East Main, Carbondale, IL. Entrance is in the alley behind Consume, Buckwater Brew Works and Holt Tire, through the green door. The front door is locked! Ample parking is accessible from the alley and from Monroe Street (between Washington and Marion).




Note the in-person Shawnee Group member programs. Do also consider other Illinois Sierra groups’ virtual presentations, as well as our own, listed on


Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 6:30 PM via ZOOM

Please mark your calendars for the community event “Homes of the Future in Southern Illinois: A Healthcare Professional’s Perspective.” RSVP for Zoom link: 

The co-hosts for this community event include the Shawnee Group of the Sierra Club, the Carbondale Branch of the NAACP, Faith in Place, the Black Graduate Greek Council of Carbondale, Citizens Utility Board, Carbondale United, SIU Sustainability, and the Natural Resource Defense Council. During this gathering, local healthcare professionals will offer their perspectives on indoor air pollution and children’s health issues that are important to consider as we transition our homes and communities to clean affordable heat. Following the panel, plenty of time will be left for Q & A and community dialogue. 

We look forward to having you join us on the 28th and hope you will share information on this event with your networks. 


Thursday, March 21, 2024, 7 pm

Presentation: Climate Change in Southern Illinois
Presenter: Trent Ford, Illinois’ State Climatologist
In his talk, Trent Ford will focus on the impacts of climate change in our region and steps our communities can take to mitigate and adapt to those impacts.

Dr. Trent Ford, whose specialty is Hydroclimatology, currently serves as the State Climatologist for Illinois, a position he obtained after serving as an assistant professor in Southern Illinois University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Resources. His research interests include soil moisture, land-atmosphere interactions, and monitoring and predicting extreme climate events such as drought and heat waves. A native of Roanoke, Illinois, he earned a bachelor’s in geography from Illinois State University before completing his master’s and PhD at Texas A&M University.


Thursday, April 11, 2024, 7 pm

Presentation: Campaign to Stop Wildlife Killing Contests in Illinois
Presenters: Jane McBride, Illinois Representative for the Coyote Project and an attorney retired recently from the Environmental Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and Francisco J. Santiago-Avila, Science and Ethics Manager for the Coyote Project and Researcher conducting studies as part of the Coyote Project’s Carnivore Coexistence Lab.

In the talk, Jane and Francisco will explain how Wildlife Killing Contests differ from wild game hunting and why Illinois should join ten other U.S. states that have banned the contests offering prizes to contestants that have killed the highest number of coyotes or other target animals, including racoons and foxes.


Thursday, May 9, 2024, 7 pm

Presentation: Update on Cache River Restoration
Presenter: Molie Oliver, Nature Resource Coordinator (Education and Interpretation), Illinois Department of Natural Resources

In her talk, Molie Oliver, Natural Resource Coordinator at the Cache River State Natural Area for 18 years, will update us on recent efforts to restore the Cache. Plenty of time will be set aside for Q & A.


Meet Fellow Shawnee Group Members for Dinner! CANCELED ~COVID-19

The Shawnee Group meets at a local restaurant before each monthly meeting for an hour of socializing and relaxation. New faces are most welcome and we would love to have you join us at any time! Call (618) 549-4673 for more information about group dinners.


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