Earth Week Activities in Lake County {2018}

Earth  Day is celebrated worldwide every year on April 22.  It is a day to express gratitude towards this beautiful planet we live on and an opportunity to teach our children to respect it.  Here in Lake County we have a variety of events to participate in during Earth Week. Some events are simply celebrating all of the gifts that this earth gives us and others are dedicating time to give back to our planet.

earth week in lake county

Earth Week in Lake County

Many of these Earth Week activities and events require advance registration, so please check the listing and call ahead before heading out. Little Lake County is not responsible for sold out or full events.

Lake County Earth Day Educational Events

Earth Week Activities
Photo source River Trail Nature Center

14  & 21 April, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Rookery Watch
Almond Marsh, Grayslake
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.

15 April, 1:30 p.m. – Lions Wolves and Bears Oh MY
River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Learn about the mega predators that once lived in Illinois.

15 & 21 April, 3:00 p.m. – Whats on the Menu?
River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Join us at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.

17 April , 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Acoustic Bat Monitoring |
Grant Woods, Ingleside
Bats use echolocation to hunt. Learn why bats are beneficial, how you can help them, and what species live here by detecting their sonar frequency on a 1.3-mile night hike. FREE. No registration required.

18 April, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.Woodpecker Walk
Ryerson Woods, Deerfield
Enjoy a look at the different species of woodpeckers that call Lake County home, then head along the trail and see how many you can find. Please bring binoculars if you have them, a limited number will be available to borrow.

19 April, 8:00 a.m. – Bird Walks
Crabtree Nature center, Barrington
Join the Crabtree staff to look for spring migrant birds. Meet in the parking lot.

22 April, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Earth Week: Meet & Greet Educational Animals
Edward Ryerson Conservation Center, Deerfield
Visit with our live education animals, and feel furs, feathers, and scales of local wildlife on our touch table.

Earth Week Activities
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Lake County Earth Week Activities for Families

10 April, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Hikin’ Tykes Frogs & Toads
Hastings Lake , Lake Villa
*registration required*
Preschoolers will enjoy nature-based story, hands-on activities, craft and outdoor exploration, weather permitting.

15 April, 6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m. – A Chorus of Frogs
Old School Forest Preserve, Libertyville
The croaking and peeping of our local frogs is a welcome sign of spring. Enjoy an evening walk in search of amphibian neighbors.

16 April, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Earth Week: Playdate with Nature
Independence Grove, Libertyville
Celebrate seasonal fun outdoors through exploration and imagination — build sand castles, fairy houses, follow tracks and make up your own games. Nature provides infinite possibilities to express creativity. See how nature ignites a spark in everyone!

18 April, 10:00 a.m. – Small Discoveries : Spring on the Prairie
Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville
Free with paid museum admission
Spend time in our wigwam to learn how the Potawatomi spent time in the spring. Enjoy stories, playing Native games, and making a craft.

18 April, 10:00 a.m – Wee Wanderer Wednesdays
Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington
Join in a special program for little naturalists ages 2 – 6 with adult. If weather permits, time will be spend outdoors.

19 April, 9:30 a.mStories in the Sand 
Rosewood Beach, Highland Park
$8
Enjoy story time with a naturalist, take a short sensory hike and create a natural craft to take home.

19 April, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Earth Week Indoor Farmers Market 
College of Lake County, Grayslake
Student Street and Commons. Buy some of the season’s first greens from more than a dozen local food producers, including CLC’s Campus Farm. Find out where to find locally grown produce and other foods

20 April, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Guided Nature Paddle
Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Libertyville
free but registration is required
Explore nature from a different perspective — on the water in a canoe. Brief on-land instruction is provided prior to launching the canoes. We’ll paddle Independence Lake, highlighting its unique features and some of its inhabitants. No experience required but is recommended.

21 April, 11:00 a.m. – The Curious Garden
Aspen Drive Library, Vernon Hills
Free, but registration required.
Children in grades 1-2
To celebrate Earth Day we will learn about a Curious Garden that transforms a town with the help of one boy. Earth- and garden-friendly activities will follow.

21 & 22 April, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.- Earth Day at Loverly Cottage
Loverly Cottage, Lake Bluff
Celebrate Earth Week at Loverly Cottage. There will be DIY Projects ,Eco-Friendly discussions, and a Adopt a Blandings Turtle Program

22 April, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Earth Day Expo
Hawthorn Mall, Vernon Hills
Join Hawthorn Mall for their first Earth Day Expo! Meet n’ Greet with the Hawthorn Trolls – bring in 5 non-perishables for donation to the Northern Illinois Food Bank and meet the Trolls. Participate in the Cardboard Challenge – find the stores that have a cardboard creation and get your scavenger hunt card stamped. If you find all the stores you will be the lucky winner of tickets to the Museum of Science and Industry. Enjoy face painting and Earth Day activities throughout the mall. Finally, enjoy a Live Earth Day Rock Concert with In The Green Productions at 3:00 p.m.

22 April, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Earth Day Nature Play
Crabrtree Nature Center, Barrington
Catch, craft, climb. Special Earth Day family activities in the three-acre, nature play area.

22 April, 1:00 p.m.Jeanie B Earth Day
Round Lake Area Library, Round Lake
Join us in welcoming Jeanie B as we celebrate Earth Day with songs and fun!

22 April, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Earth Day Cookies
Taste Buds Kitchen, Bannockburn
$30 with one caregiver included – Registration required
Earth Day should be every day! It’s time to put a spin on our signature sugar cookie and give it a worldly update. Join us as we learn how to make an oh-so-delicious cookie with clear blue water and fresh green land, inspiring kids to treat our world with care. Dying to know how we do it? Become a budding chef in our Kitchen as you discover all our delicious secrets! This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together.  

24 April, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Build a Vertical Garden
Glencoe Park District, Glencoe
Free, but registration required.
Enjoy fresh lettuce, greens, peppers, and herbs along with gorgeous flowers in your own Vertical Garden! Handcrafted from cedar, these space-saving planters fit in most yards for easy home gardening. Take a Vertical Garden home at our cost. Must be 13 years old or accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP before April 22 to gcgarden18@gmail.com.

28 April, 11:00 a.m.Nature Club : Arbor Day
Round Lake Area Library, Round Lake
Registration Required
Celebrate Illinois’ Arbor Day by talking about trees and planting a tree sapling to take home to start your own forest. We will also create a tree-like craft and have tree-mendous snacks. A good day to hug a tree.

28 April,  9:00 am – 12:00 pmArbor Day in Round Lake
Round Lake Public Works Facility, Round Lake
There will be a tree raffle, demonstrations, activities for kids, plant giveaways, and more.

Earth Week Activities
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Lake County Earth Week Celebrations for Families

20 April, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Earth Day Family Event
Vernon Hills Park Maintenance Facility, 1400 Indianwood Dr., Vernon Hills
Celebrate Earth Day with the Park District with activities the entire family will enjoy! Families will participate in activities, crafts, and games. There will be environmentally friendly giveaways for all to take home!  Enjoy live music too!  This is a free event, no registration is required. 

20 April, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Family Nature Night Out
Goldfish Swim School, Mundelein
Event cost is $5/person, maximum $15/family.
Celebrate nature with Goldfish Swim School!  Join us for our special April Family Night Out event including open family swim, crafts and more!

21 April, 10:00 a.m. – Hooray For Earth Day
Heller Nature Center, Highland Park
Celebrate the great outdoors this Earth Day at Heller! Plant a seed,  play games and create a recycled art sculpture.

21 April, 11:00 a.m.Earth Day Celebration
Prairie Grass Nature Museum, Round Lake
Reduce, reuse, recycle! With this motto in mind, stations will be set up for you to re-purpose small items for a gift or for your pleasure. Bring your creativity and dress to get messy. Those who bring two recycled items to reuse will be offered a giveaway of their choice!

21 April, 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  – Lindenhurst Earth Day Celebration
Village Hall/Public Works Garage, Lindenhurst
Join community members for a Village-wide cleanup, followed by free refreshments, a 5K run, kids’ activities, raffles and prizes, and over 30 booths with information and participate in textile/clothing/shoe/ hanger recycling.

22 April, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Earth Day Gathering
Millennium Park, Fox Lake
There will be speakers from several local environmental organizations and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy at this event.

22 April, All day – Party for the PlanetBrookfield Zoo,  8400 W 31st St., Brookfield
Every day is Earth Day at Brookfield Zoo, but on this very special day we will be showcasing some of the steps you can commit to that will truly make a difference for animals across the globe!  With special Zoo Chats and green activities and crafts, Party for the Planet will be filled with educational, engaging, and fun activities for the entire family!

22  April, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Earth Day Celebration
Performance Pavillion at Heritage Park, Wheeling
Celebrate Earth Week with the whole family. Take a nature walk, view the butterfly garden, and fly your own kite.

20, 21, & 22 April, UnEarth Science Festival
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
With three days of science activities, the Unearth Science Festival celebrates science and nature in ways that will encourage you to see, touch, hear, and explore. Participate in drop-in programs, timed demonstrations, free programs, and special events throughout the weekend.

28 April, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Arbor Day
Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich
Enjoy breakfast, a tree planting ceremony, and park clean-up activities. Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize Arbor Day 2018. Individuals, families, community groups, or scout groups can sign up to help cleanup any of our 32 parks. Arbor Day 2018 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 depart for their assigned parks to clean up (and once finished, will leave). We provide the bags, please bring work gloves, and dress appropriately

Earth Week Activities
Photo source Grayslake Park District on Facebook

Hands-on Earth Week Activities for Families

14 April, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. . – Restoration Work Day
Prairie Wolf Park, Highland Park
In one morning, one person can make a difference to the inhabitants of a prairie, wetland, or oak savanna. Hundreds of people over thousands of hours can make all the difference. Volunteers should dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. All ages invited. No prior experience is necessary to attend the work day

15 April, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. . – Restoration Work Day
Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh), 24205 W. Cuba Rd., Deer Park
In one morning, one person can make a difference to the inhabitants of a prairie, wetland, or oak savanna. Hundreds of people over thousands of hours can make all the difference. Volunteers should dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. All ages invited. No prior experience is necessary to attend the work day.

15 April, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. . – Restoration Work Day
Heron Creek Forest Preserve, Lake Zurich
In one morning, one person can make a difference to the inhabitants of a prairie, wetland, or oak savanna. Hundreds of people over thousands of hours can make all the difference. Volunteers should dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. All ages invited. No prior experience is necessary to attend the work day.

17 April, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. . – Restoration Work Day
Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh),Deer Park
In one morning, one person can make a difference to the inhabitants of a prairie, wetland, or oak savanna. Hundreds of people over thousands of hours can make all the difference. Volunteers should dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. All ages invited. No prior experience is necessary to attend the work day.

20 April, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. –Restoration Work Day 
College of Lake County, Grayslake
Jeff Weiss and staff will lead efforts to cut and remove buckthorn on campus. Wear sturdy shoes and durable clothing; gloves and tools will be provided.

21 April, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Smelt-O-Rama
Forest Park Beach, 220 East Deerpath Road, Lake Forest
Join the Lake Forest Recreation Department as we rediscover a Lake Michigan tradition. Osmerus mordax, otherwise known as smelt, return to our shores each spring to spawn in the warm water near piers and beaches. You will learn how to catch, dip, and cook these critters.

21 April, 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Earth Day Volunteer Clean Up
Central Park, Grayslake
Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning one of your community parks with the Grayslake Park District!
We’ll be working in Central Park, so please wear long pants, bring work gloves and dress for the weather.
This is a free event! You can register in advance if you’d like a free lunch at the event.

21 April, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. . – Restoration Work Day
Oriole Grove, Lake Bluff
In one morning, one person can make a difference to the inhabitants of a prairie, wetland, or oak savanna. Hundreds of people over thousands of hours can make all the difference. Volunteers should dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. All ages invited. No prior experience is necessary to attend the work day.

21 April, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. . – Restoration Work Day
Grant Woods, Ingleside
In one morning, one person can make a difference to the inhabitants of a prairie, wetland, or oak savanna. Hundreds of people over thousands of hours can make all the difference. Volunteers should dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. All ages invited. No prior experience is necessary the work day.

21 April, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  . – Restoration Work Day
Almond Marsh, Grayslake
In one morning, one person can make a difference to the inhabitants of a prairie, wetland, or oak savanna. Hundreds of people over thousands of hours can make all the difference. Volunteers should dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. All ages invited. No prior experience is necessary to attend the work day.

21 April, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. . – Restoration Work Day
Ryerson Woods, Deerfield
In one morning, one person can make a difference to the inhabitants of a prairie, wetland, or oak savanna. Hundreds of people over thousands of hours can make all the difference. Volunteers should dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. All ages invited. No prior experience is necessary to attend the work day.

22 April, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  – Restoration Work Day
Wilmot Woods, Independence Grove, Libertyville
In one morning, one person can make a difference to the inhabitants of a prairie, wetland, or oak savanna. Hundreds of people over thousands of hours can make all the difference. Volunteers should dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. All ages invited. No prior experience is necessary to attend the work day.

22 April, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. . – Restoration Work Day
Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh), 24205 W. Cuba Rd., Deer Park
In one morning, one person can make a difference to the inhabitants of a prairie, wetland, or oak savanna. Hundreds of people over thousands of hours can make all the difference. Volunteers should dress in long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. All ages invited. No prior experience is necessary to attend the work day.

24 April, 11:00 a.m.Volunteer Earth Day Tree Planting 
Angelic Organics Lodge,  Caledonia, IL
Volunteer with us on Earth Day! You’ll help plant trees on the grounds of the new Angelic Organics Lodge. This family-friendly event is a celebration of new beginnings, and a great way to keep the earth healthy. Come dressed to get your hands dirty. Layers are strongly recommended. Tools for planting will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Be sure to bring a snack and water bottle with you. This event is FREE, but a RSVP is appreciated.

27 April, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Earth Day Clean Up
Glencoe Park District, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe
Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to help clean-up various sites throughout Glencoe. This is a collaborative effort between Glencoe Park District, School District 35, and Village of Glencoe’s Department of Public Works. Lunch will be provided to District 35 students. More details will go home with District 35 students after spring break. Day of registration will not be accepted.

27 April, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Arbor Day Tree Planting
College of Lake County Horticulture Building, Grayslake
Help plant trees in CLC’s arboretum and learn about the college’s participation in the Tree Campus USA program.

Earth Week Activities
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Lake County Earth Day Recycling Events

20- 22 April, – Recycle Shop
Wauconda Area Library, 801 N. Main St., Wauconda
Stop by the Makerspace and transform recyclable materials into your original showpiece.

14 April, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Paper Tiger Shredding Event
Paper Tiger Facility, 1101 N. Estes Street, Gurnee
Bring your documents to the Paper Tiger facility and watch as your documents are securely shredded. Pay only $3.00 per standard banker’s box.

 

How will you be celebrating Earth Week? Tell us in the comments section below. 

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