It’s the 45th anniversary of Earth Day in 2015, a day that promotes worldwide environmental consciousness and helps stir ideas for conservation of the planet. Though the actual day is always marked on the calendar as April 22, numerous communities in our area are celebrating with special events planned during Earth Week and Earth Day Weekend. Here’s what’s on the schedule — if you know of other events, please email [email protected] and we’ll add them to this story roundup:
Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration on The Village Green
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday April 25, visitors can meet with more than 50 vendors who will share tips about earth-friendly ideas for homes and businesses. At the same time, cleanup teams will also assemble to spruce up the Green and have the chance to win prizes along the way.
In addition to the exhibits and demonstrations, there will also be entertainment from local performers and kids’ activities including Go Green Northbrook’s Earth Day for Kids event with nature-focused crafts and hiking, pony rides and a visit from the Northern Illinois Raptor Center , which will be bringing with them a horned owl and red-tail hawk. After a ceremonial tree planting at 11 a.m., everyone will go home with a free tree seedling to plant in their own backyards.
Residents are also encouraged to do their spring cleaning and bring discarded goods and textiles with them to the event. A special drop-off station in the Metra commuter lot will accept items like tires, printer cartridges, computers, TVs, textiles and shredded documents. For the full list, visit Northbrook’s Earth Day website.
April 25, rain or shine, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Village Green at the corner of Shermer & Meadow Roads
“The Play Out” At Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
Beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, kids will take a “Play Out Pledge,” committing to spending two hours outside during the Earth Day weekend. The idea was inspired by Chicago Wilderness’ Leave No Child Inside initiative and shows the importance of kids spending time in and exploring nature for increased social and emotional development and mental well-being. Some of the outdoor activities include an obstacle course, shelter building, pond netting and tree climbing.
April 26, for children 3-13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve, 350 N. Waukegan Rd.
Schools Turn Their Attention Green and Global
For Earth Week, Lake Forest High School will participate in special activities each day such as meatless cafeteria menu items, trivia contests and “Thrift Shop Friday” that encourages reusing and recycling old clothing. At St. Mary’s School, the Earth Week focus is on recycling with programs such as “no waste lunches” that promotes using recyclable containers and water bottles, a used book drive and uniform resale to trade unwanted or outgrown items, and junk mail and bottle cap collections awarding prizes to the homerooms with the most turned in.
Earth Day Celebration & Woodland Restoration Project At Rockland Wetlands
Organized by the Lake Bluff Open Lands Association, the annual Earth Day Celebration beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 26 will offer the chance to plant hundreds of new woodland and wetland transplants to help further beautify and diversify the area. The only requirement is that you are okay getting in the dirt.
April 26, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Rockland Wetlands at the northwest corner of Green Bay and Highway 176
Teen Craft: Up-cycle for Earth Day At Lake Bluff Library
The library will be leading a special craft night for teens where they will make artisan goods out of up cycled materials.
April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Bluff Library, 123 E. Scranton Ave.
Clothing Drive and Renewal Workshop with The Winnetka Youth Organization
This weeklong clothing drive and clothing renewal workshop begins Saturday, April 25 and lasts through Thursday, April 30. The Winnetka Youth Organization has been collecting donated clothing, shoes and accessories all April and will continue to do so this week. Starting April 25, teens are encouraged to stop by and rummage through the thrift shop bins to find items they might like and then participate in a workshop where they will learn how to refresh the clothing by sewing on new fabrics, adding studs or cutting the clothing into different shapes. The YO staff will work one-on-one with each student to help them bring their visions to life. All clothing not used in the workshop will be donated to Goodwill.
April 25-30 at the Winnetka Youth Organization, 620 Lincoln Ave.
Arbor Day Celebration on The Green Bay Trail
Friends of the Green Bay Trail will assemble at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 to celebrate the pathway that was one home to Indian trail marker trees and, later, the North Shore Electric Line. The day will be commemorated with a new sign and a new Trail Marker Tree.
April 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Green Bay Trail at Harbor Street and Green Bay Road
Go Green Wilmette Meeting At Panera
If you ever wanted to be a part of this organization that raises environmental awareness in the Wilmette community, join this brainstorming and planning session on Wednesday, April 22. Go Green Wilmette will meet in the back room and looks for any suggestions on programs that residents can adopt to make the town more environmentally conscious.
April 22 at 10 a.m. at Panera, 1199 Wilmette Ave.