Earth Day Events in Lake County 2016

Whether you’re living a sustainable lifestyle or are just looking to take steps to take better care of the Earth and your family, there’s an Earth Day activity locally here in Lake County that will meet your needs!
Earth Day Events in Lake County

Lake County Earth Day Educational Events

Many of these events require prior registration, so please check the listing and call ahead before heading out.

April 16th, 9 a.m. Earth Day for Kids
Village Green Park, 1320 Shermer Road, Northbrook
Go Green Northbrook will be at Earth Day with an information table and lots of Earth-related activities for kids. Bring your children to learn about plants, animals, trees, kayaking, worm-bin composting and more.

April 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m Antioch’s 5th Annual Eco-Fair
Antioch Elementary School Gym, 817 N. Main Street, Antioch
Come out and learn about being eco-friendly. Talk to vendors about earth-friendly products, native plants and animals, gardening, alternative energy and more. There will be eco-friendly fun, prizes and giveaways. Kids’ activities include making bird feeders, bee hives, planting seeds and recycled art.

April 16 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Earth Day Farm Tour
Angelic Organic’s Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Rd., Caledonia
Celebrate Earth Day with an introduction to organic farming. Tour Angelic Organics, the biodynamic vegetable farm in northern Illinois featured in the award-winning documentary film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John. We will explore what makes this a biodynamic and community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm. Learn basic strategies for growing food without chemicals and see the seasonal work underway at the farm. Wear sturdy shoes (conditions may be muddy!) and clothes appropriate for the weather. Cost is $20, registration required

April 17, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Geo-Caching 101
River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook
Stop in and learn about this technology-inspired scavenger hunt. We’ll provide you with coordinates of some hidden treasures to find in the forest. Check out one of our GPS units or bring your own. Supplies are limited. Arrive anytime from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

April 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day
Wheeling Park District, Heritage Park, 333 W. Dundee Rd, Wheeling
Celebrate Earth Day with the park district! Free fun and activities for all ages. Kids’ crafts, help plant a butterfly garden, music, and guided nature tours. Enjoy views and nature at Heritage Park, take in music at the Performance Pavilion, learn about the Park District’s Environmental Action Plan, and more. No registration is needed–drop on over and bring your friends and neighbors. Visit or call 847-465-3333.

April 18, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Earth Day Nature Play
Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd., Barrington
Catch, craft, climb! Enjoy special Earth Day family activities in our three-acre nature play area.

April 19, 10:00 am – 10:45 am Babies in Nature
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park
Adult/Child, Ages 6 months-2 years. Take a stroll with a naturalist and let nature engage the senses of your infants and toddlers. Adult and child, $3/additional child. No pre-registration is required.

April 20, 1:00 p.m.- 3 p.m. A Playdate with Nature
Buffalo Creek, 18163 W.  Checker Road, Long Grove
Get Healthy–Connect with Nature! Move the kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven to be healthy and beneficial to children of all ages. Use imaginations and natural materials to play games and create artwork. Free. No registration required

April 21, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Family Reading Night: Earth Day
North Chicago Public Library, 2100 Argonne Dr., North Chicago
Come on down for a special Family Reading Night! In honor of earth day, we’ll be reading nature-themed stories. We’ll also be giving plants, pots, and seeds to plant to all of the children who stop by.  For questions or comments, please contact John Heideman, children’s librarian at 847-689-0125 ext 103.

April 22, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm Earth Day Clean-Up
Glencoe Park District, 999 Green Bay Rd, Glencoe
Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up various sites throughout Glencoe. This is a collaborative effort between the Glencoe Park District, School District 35, and the Village of Glencoe’s Public Works Department. Lunch will be provided to District 35 students. More details will go home with District 35 students after spring break.

April 22, 4:00 p.m. Eco-Friendly Living Demonstration
Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling
Come and learn easy ways to be more eco friendly in our daily lives! Kids of all ages are welcome!!!
We will experience: Composting and recycling demonstrations, green alternatives, up-cycling projects, organic farming initiatives, eco-friendly activities for kids, and more.  Cost is free, but donations are welcome.

April 23, 1 p.m. Earth Day Walk
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Meet at the What’s in Bloom cart in front of the Visitor Center. Take a special guided walk through McDonald Woods to celebrate Earth Day. Learn about a variety of spring wildflowers and the restoration work underway. The walk is free and lasts from 45 minutes to an hour.

April 25 – All Day Astronomy Day
College of Lake county Technology Building, 19351 Washington St., Grayslake
Participate in a number of family-oriented, daytime activities that include comet-making demonstrations, solar observing through specially equipped telescopes, and a walking tour of a scale model of the solar system. Displays will be available on a variety of topics, including astrophotography, aurora, high-altitude balloons and club events. A children’s craft table will be available for the young future astronomers to enjoy. The event will culminate with an outdoor evening “Star Party” with a wide variety of types and sizes of telescopes available to give visitors an opportunity to see the moon, stars and planets. All events are free with daytime activities from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and an evening star party starting after sunset from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (weather permitting).

April 29 7:00 p.m. Moon over Wauconda
Wauconda Area Library, 801 North Main St., Wauconda
Study the springtime night sky with the Lake County Astronomy Society! All ages will enjoy viewing galaxies light years away through high-powered telescopes. Fun and educational!

April 30, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Rookery Watch
Almond Marsh, 32550 North Almond Road, Grayslake
View nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.FREE. No registration required. Light refreshments and spotting scope provided. All ages.

Lake County Earth Week Activities for Families

Some events require pre-registration, please see each listing for complete information. If registration is required, spots were available at the time of publication.

April 18, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Earth Week: Bluebird Hike
Learn about eastern bluebirds and what makes them a special species while you hike to view birds and the nest box homes we create for them. FREE. No registration required. Meet at Classroom Cabins. All Ages.

April 19, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Earth Week: Recycled Art
Join the Discovery Museum as they use various materials and recycle them into works of art! What’s old is new again in this Earth Day art program. FREE. No registration required. Meet at the Discovery Museum. All ages.

April 20, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Earth Week: Family Fishing
Bring your family out and try your hand at fishing. We’ll show you how to cast, bait your hook and catch fish! We will supply all of the equipment. FREE. No registration required. Meet at North Bay Pavilion. All Ages.

April 20, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Earth Week: Acoustic Bat Monitoring
Bats use echolocation to hunt. Learn why bats are beneficial, how we can help them, and what species live here by detecting their sonar frequency on a 1.9-mile night hike. FREE. No registration required. All ages.

April 21, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Earth Week: Pond Scooping
Discover who lives under and around the water at the Wright Woods pond. FREE. No registration required. Park in lot and follow the signs to the program. Please wear shoes/boots that can get muddy and wet. All ages.

April 22, 7:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m Earth Week: Nature’s Melodies
Celebrate Earth Day with an evening hike that will focus on sounds, followed by a campfire with stories and songs about living things on our planet. Make a musical instrument from recycled and natural items. FREE. No registration required. All Ages. Meet at Shelter A.

April 23, 1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m Earth Week: Amphibian Exploration
Go on a hike to listen for frogs and explore under logs for salamanders. Finish your hike by meeting our live education amphibians. FREE. No registration required. All ages.

April 24, 1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. Earth Week: Meet and Greet Education Animals
Visit with our live education animals and feel furs, feathers, and scales of local wildlife on a touch table. FREE. No registration required. All ages.

Lake County Earth Week Celebrations for Families

April 16, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Endangered Animals, an Earth Day Program for Families
Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills
Travel the world with Kidworks Touring Theatre Company, visiting threatened animal habitats and learning ways to help save them.  This is a family program; children and adults attend together. REGISTRATION begins Saturday, April 2 and closes at 2:00 p.m. on the day before the event or when full.

April 22 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Earth Day: Meet Nature Cat
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
Spend Earth Day with Nature Cat at Kohl Children’s Museum from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.! Celebrate the beauty of nature with fun activities, and take your picture with Nature Cat!

April 30, 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. International Migratory Bird Days
Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Rd., Ingelside
Over 20 activities to explore. Door prizes, bird watching, lectures, bird banding demo, bird walks and more.

April 30th 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Celebrate Arbor Day
Public Works/Police Facility, 751 W. Townline Rd., Round Lake
There will be activities for the whole family! Complete the quiz and get a free tree, bush or a plant. One per Round Lake Address with valid ID. Bring a non-perishable donation for the local food pantries. Refreshments and popcorn will be provided.

Hands-on Earth Week Activities for Families

Get your hands dirty while cleaning up the Earth at one of these hands-on activities for families. Some events have age restrictions and some have pre-registration so please check each listing before heading out.

April 18 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Earth Day Celebration
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park
Get outside and celebrate Earth Day with our sixth annual day of conservation and environmental stewardship. Help Heller Nature Center by volunteering to improve our natural areas for wildlife and visitors alike. Projects may include invasive species removal, wood chipping trails, or maintaining our Wander Woods Natural Play Area. Please dress for the weather and for getting dirty! Call (847) 433-6901 to register.

April 30, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Arbor Day
Wauconda Area Library, 801 N. Main Street, Wauconda
Breakfast, tree planting ceremony, and park clean-up. Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize Arbor Day 2016. Individuals, families, community groups, or scout groups can sign up to help cleanup any of our 32 parks. Arbor Day 2016 will start at Paulus Park with a volunteer appreciation breakfast followed by a tree planting ceremony by our Village Arborist and members of the Lake Zurich Tree Commission. Volunteers will then depart for their assigned parks to clean up. We provide the bags; please bring work gloves, and dress appropriately for work and weather. To volunteer for park clean-up please contact Heidi Stolt at (847) 540-5075.


Lake County Earth Day Recycling Events

See individual links for accepted items and limits.

April 16, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Community Shredding Opportunity
Libertyville Bank & Trust, 201 E. Hurlburt Court, Libertyville

April 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mundelein Community Bank – Community Shredding Opportunity
Mundelein Community Bank, 1110 West Maple Avenue, Mundelein

April 23, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Warren-Newport Public Library Annual Craft Swap
Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 O’Plaine Road, Gurnee

April 25, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. HCW Public Drop-Off Event {Gurnee}–by appointment only.

April 30, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. HCW Mobile Event – Village of Antioch
Antioch Public Works Department, 796 Holbek Drive, Antioch

April 30, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mundelein Community Bank – Community Shredding Opportunity
Vernon Hills Bank & Trust, 1101 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills

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