The producers and sponsors of the nationally broadcast "Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh," are offering a free DVD and educational guide for local teachers and libraries.
The DVD and guide are available to educators and librarians with proof of position at WYIN, Lakeshore Public Media, 8625 Indiana Place, Merrillville.
The educational guide also may be downloaded at www.kankakeemarsh.com.
The documentary illustrates the history and explores the controversy of the draining of the Grand Kankakee Marsh, a nearly 1 million acre wetland. Less than 5 percent of the Grand Kankakee Marsh has survived modern development.
"Everglades of the North" is scheduled for re-broadcast at 11 p.m. Sept. 11 and 8 p.m. Sept. 12 on WYIN — 56 Lakeshore Public Television.
"This has been an incredible experience," said producer Pat Wisniewski, founder of For Goodness Sakes Productions in Valparaiso. "Everyone we met on this journey had so much passion for the Grand Marsh, and were eager to share their stories with us."
Cedar Lake native and producer Brian Kallies said, "It’s a cautionary, yet hopeful tale of our natural resources. The story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh is really the story of America's transformation into the industrialized society we are today."
Guy Carlson, of the Izaak Walton League — Diana Chapter, said, "The Grand Kankakee Marsh is something that man had destroyed before he realized its value. Now we need to give something back to nature."
The chapter helped raise funds for the production of “Everglades of the North."