From the Bottom Up – The Power of a Vision
An Inspirational Talk by Living Lands & Waters Founder, Chad Pregracke
Tues., Sept. 13, 2022

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
George Williams College of Aurora University
350 Constance Blvd., Williams Bay, WI 53191

Space is Limited. Please register here →

The Friends of Hackmatack NWR have planned a special Fall Gathering to celebrate the year of our 10th Anniversary. We are joining with George Williams College of Aurora University to host Guest Speaker Chad Pregracke, Environmental Speaker and Bestselling Author. Chad is the founder of Living Lands & Waters, and was CNN’s Hero of the Year in 2013.

Chad Pregracke, Living Lands & WatersChad is living proof that one person can make a difference. As the founder of America’s only “industrial strength” river clean-up organization, Chad Pregracke tells a compelling, uplifting, and inspiring story about growing up on the river and how his river experiences led to his unique vision to clean up the Mississippi River and start an internationally recognized not-for-profit, Living Lands & Waters.

During his presentation, Chad will take the audience out on one of the world’s greatest rivers – a journey filled with endless challenges and gripping adventures. His delivery is motivating, captivating, genuine, and refreshingly spontaneous. Chad’s story will show you that one person can truly make a difference!


Chad has been invited to speak by the Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge at the Fall Friends Gathering because Hackmatack is a young refuge that still has so much growing to do. Chad has a way of inspiring people, and we need that more than ever before to help get the next generation of environmental stewards involved. Please join the Friends Hackmatack NWR and other non-profits and environmentally focused entities by sponsoring this inspiring event.

This event is sponsored by:
• George Williams College of Aurora University
• Friends of Hackmatack NWR
• Geneva Lake Environmental Agency
• The Friends of the Fox River

To become a sponsor, go to our Support Page, scroll down to the donate section and select the Donate Button. After you have entered your amount, you will be given the option to indicate that your contribution will go toward supporting the Fall Gathering.