Reconnecting People & Nature

We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization promoting mutually beneficial relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world.  Serving the Chicago Wilderness area of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

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Our Story

“Small Waters” is the English translation of “Nippersink”, an indigenous name for the creek that flows across ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi, Ojibwe and Odawa.  Little springs arise from the earth, joining together in a meandering flow, supporting abundant life.  The headwaters of the Nippersink is the home of Small Waters Education, which gathers together those who are building relationships with the land and learning our place in a healthy ecosystem.


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Small Waters Education
15820 Illinois Route 173
Harvard, IL 60033