It's the month to celebrate the earth, and Chicago-area groups are celebrating in all sorts of ways.You might also like:
Enjoy a special guided walk through McDonald Woods to celebrate Earth Day. Learn about a variety of spring wildflowers and the restoration work underway. Walk begins at 1 p.m. and last for 45 minutes to an hour. No reservations required; meet at the "What's in Bloom" cart outside the Visitor Center.
Scouts make a recycled art project, help the Garden prepare for the busy growing season in an outdoor service project and pot up a plant to take home.
Celebrate Earth Day with Kidworks Touring Theatre's production "Global Warming! What's a Kid to Do?" as the actors portray TV newscasters uncovering the scoop on climate change. Children in the audience volunteer to portray endangered monkeys, penguins and fish in the Great Barrier Reef, as all are inspired to recycle and make a difference on this planet. Get tickets through Kidworks (773) 972-7112 or Prairie Trails Library, (708) 430-3688.
Join a guided nature walk to enjoy the beauty of Mother Earth in the springtime. Trails not suitable for strollers. Registration required.
The event includes games, activities, music, food and a native plant sale.
Take a peek at the past through pictures, and participate in outdoor activities that people of all ages have been enjoying at Emily Oaks over the years, like campfires, birding, gardening, and exploring. Native wildflowers and grasses ready for planting and Earth-friendly foods are for sale during the event.
Admission to the Mill is free for all visitors. Plus, the Garden Study Club of Hinsdale helps visitors make a free "grass-a-pillar" to take home
The Zoo celebrates the planet with family-friendly activities to be green and help the environment. The event features fun-filled activities for the entire family, including electronic recycling, live musical performances, crafts, tree and seed plantings, tours of the Clean Air Club Bus, animal Zoo Chats, and more.
See nature exhibits, participate in hands-on activities and watch wildlife conservation program demonstrations.
Celebrate Earth Day at Irons Oaks. Climb on a tower as tall as a maple tree, discover nature's recyclers, visit the Discovery Museum, enjoy a hot dog by the fire and much more. Enjoy music by folksinger Anna Stange and presentations by the folks at Mad Science.
Try some cool recycled crafts. Make your own paper on Saturday and your own crayons on Sunday.
A free festival, hosted by the Carol Stream Park District. Explore two dozen vendors in our farmers' market, test drive a Chevy Volt, and bring old electronics for recycling. The first 500 visitors receive a free reusable tote bag.
Explore fun and interactive activities that will show you how to become a better earth keeper.
Pull the invasive garlic mustard and give native spring wildflowers a fighting chance at Pilcher Park. Afterward, enjoy marshmallows at a campfire while weighing our bags to see who will win an overnight at the Nature Center for themselves and 20 friends. Call to register.
Celebrate Earth Day with Heller at the fifth annual day of conservation and environmental stewardship. Dress for the weather and for getting dirty. Call to register.
With an interactive musical program, Joe brings smiles while teaching ecology and environmental stewardship. Space is limited. Please visit website to register.
Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the promenade with the family. Kids will enjoy face painting and a hat making workshop with Rad Hatter. Plus, food, sustainable cooking demos and live music. Nature Conservancy staff will be on hand to share how and where they work locally and globally. Register at nature.org/PicnicChicago.
Ever wondered what a "green" friendly city would look like? Create an Earth friendly cityscape out of recycled materials. To register, visit http://www.footprintsofthemind.com/register.htm.
Discuss groundwater and water sources. Participate in a recycled water bottle craft. Create a water and energy conservation tip sheet to take home.
Celebrate Earth Day using recycled materials to make artistic creations. Decorate a reusable lunch bag to take home. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
Celebrate Earth Day with with family activities, nature walks, environmental exhibits, and more.
Explore the world of bats with seasonal crafts and activities for kids. April 10: Ducklings; April 24: Rain.
Learn cool facts about trees and plant a tree seed to take home in honor of Arbor Day. Discover some of the wonderful products trees give us, then make a recycled plant container out of newspaper and plant a tree seed to take home and watch grow.
Have fun and play games with recycled newspapers, try the jingle bag toss, scavenger hunt and painting. Pre-registration required.