Earth Day is officially being celebrated on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and a number of park districts, forest preserves and towns have ways you can encourage a love for nature and interest in environmental issues. Get out your calendars and check out the links for more info.
There are also several upcoming “Volunteer Restoration Workdays” with the DuPage Forest Preserve that would be a great way for families to celebrate Earth Day. These events require registration and adult supervision so please click the link to read more.
EARTH DAY OPEN HOUSE
The Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles is hosting a free Earth Day Open House on Thursday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be activities throughout the day — stories and crafts in the Nature Center and a habitat restoration activity in the forest preserve. There will be Earth Day treats, too! Registration through the Kane County Forest Preserve is required – call 630-444-3190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Find more info here.
Saturday, April 22
EARTH DAY & RECYCLING EXTRAVAGANZA
You’re invited to join the Glen Ellyn Park District, the Glen Ellyn Library, the Village’s Environmental Commission and local businesses at a morning of activities celebrating Earth Day. The Annual Recycling Extravaganza will take place in the western half of the Duane/Lorraine parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. In the eastern half of the parking lot, local vendors and groups will showcase their services and goods, such as native plants and rain barrels. There will also be live acoustic music, food and drinks to purchase and your family can add your artistic touch to a mural that’s being created for the French Market. At 10 a.m., the library will offer a presentation on native plants, and at 11 a.m. a family storytime. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., children can make an Earth Day craft. The Earth Day & Recycling Extravaganza is a free event and no registration is required. You can find more info here, including a detailed list of the wide range of items that will be accepted for recycling.
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Peck Farm Park in Geneva will be the site for a free Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is put on by the city of Geneva’s Natural Resources Committee and the Geneva Park District. Activities will include children’s games, chair massages, bicycle tune-ups, free paper shredding, food and green vendors. US Again will accept old textiles (no rugs or carpet) and electronics recycling will be offered through the Kane County Recycling program. Rain barrels will be offered for sale, too. Find more info here.
EARTH DAY TREE PLANTING
Come join Kane County Forest Preserve District staff and neighbors as they plant oak trees at Kenyon Farm Forest Preserve in South Elgin. You will simply place the tree in pre-dug holes. Tamp down the dirt. Water, then mulch. It’s easy! This is a perfect event for groups or individuals. All ages are welcome. Be sure to arrive at 10 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 22. Trees will be planted until 1 p.m. or until they’re gone — whichever comes first! Bring work gloves, if you like. Find more info here.
COSLEY ZOO PARTY FOR THE PLANET
Cosley Zoo in Wheaton will be the site of a “Party for the Planet” on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Environmentally friendly organizations and business will be onsite to educate your family about how little actions on our part can make a big difference in our community. Visit with your favorite Cosley Zoo animals, and be a part of the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America along with visitors to over 100 other AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. No registration is required; regular admission rates apply. Find more info here.
Sunday, April 23
BROOKFIELD ZOO PARTY FOR THE PLANET
Brookfield Zoo is hosting a Party for the Planet on Sunday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a variety of green activities and crafts, special zoo chats, milkweed and oak spa giveaways, a chance to plant flowers at the Hamill Family Play Zoo and recycling opportunities. Normal admission rates apply. Find a detailed schedule here.
Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATIONS
While technically for Arbor Day and not Earth Day, this event seems like a worthy addition to the list. The Morton Arboretum will be celebrating Arbor Day in the Children’s Garden all weekend long from April 28 through April 30. There will be a chance to plant tree seeds, investigate “tree cookies” and go on a hunt for five unique trees throughout the garden. These activities are free with regular Arboretum admission. Find more info here. Also, there are special Arbor Day activities – including a musical performance and storytime with Curious George – on Friday, April 28. Get the details on that here and learn how to get free admission on April 28 as well.