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Cadets from two Illinois Christian Reformed churches hauled away trucks full of garbage during their annual cleanup of the Wolfe Wildlife Refuge on Stony Creek in Oak Lawn, Ill. It was part of earning their ecology merit badge.

Wading in the water and searching along the riverbank, the boys and their leaders found all sorts of metal, plastic, paper, and cloth garbage that had been dumped there.

The annual spring cleanup is organized by “Friends of the Chicago River.” The wetland is home to 100 species of birds, raccoons, frogs, and other wildlife.

The Cadets belong to a club that includes Calvin CRC in Oak Lawn, Ill., and Immanuel CRC in Burbank, Ill.

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