Earth Week Activities – Lend a Hand

You and your family can celebrate Earth Day this year (Sunday April 22) by rolling up your sleeves and lending a hand at one of several clean-ups and volunteer events.

Concerned your kids are too young or can’t help? We have taken our kids to a nature center clean up several times when the youngest was barely two. They are great at taking pulled weeds to the collection area and helping pick up garbage.

Wednesday April 18 – Buckthorn Busters
10:00am-2:00pm, Independence Grove, Libertyville
Grab our work gloves and lend a hand in maintaining the health of Independence Grove. individuals as well as school and scout groups encouraged. All Ages.

Friday April 20 – Earth Day Community Clean-up
9:30 am-12:00 pm, Kalk Park and other Glencoe parks.
Grade school students of all ages can participate in cleaning up popular Glencoe locations in honor of Earth Day. After the clean-up, a picnic takes place at Kalk Park in recognition of the students’ efforts. All students have adult escorts during the clean-up. This is a cooperative effort with the PTO, Village of Glencoe, and the Glencoe Park District. School Age Families.

Saturday April 21 

  • Volunteer Day 9:00 am-12:00pm, Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area and Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center, Riverwoods. Celebrate spring, by lending a hand to help save the planet bu joining a special volunteer workday. Meet at the Welcome Center. All Ages.
  • Restoration Work Day  9:00 am, Almond Marsh, Grayslake – Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area, Riverwoods – Grant Woods, Lake Villa – Lake Bluff Site. Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County’s natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution. Visit www.LCFPD.org/restoration for a full workday schedule, site steward contact information and meeting places, descriptions of workday activities and more. All Ages.
  • Earth Day Celebration,  9:00am-12:00pm Heller Nature Center, Highland Park. Celebrate Earth Day with Heller and REI at the fourth annual day of conservation and environmental stewardship. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and other givaways (while supplies last). You can help by bringing your own tools: shovels, bow rakes and wheelbarrows. This is a great project for the whole family! Please dress for the weather and for getting dirty. Register at www.rei.com/northbrook.
  • Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebration 9:00 am-12:30pm, Paulus Park, Lake Zurich. Help us celebrate Arbor Day/Earth Day! Individuals, families or Scout groups can volunteer to cleanup one of our 33 parks. After clean up, we will meet at Paulus Park for a free Arbor / Earth Day celebration.

Sunday April 22 

  • Clean Water, Healthy Bats 10:00am – 2:00pm, Nippersink, Round Lake Learn about the relationship between water and our local bats while picking up litter along the shoreline. Drop in anytime 10am-2pm. Meeting place – Shelter A. All Ages.
  • Restoration Work Day  9:00 am, Wilmot Woods. Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County’s natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution. Visit www.LCFPD.org/restoration for a full workday schedule, site steward contact information and meeting places, descriptions of workday activities and more. All Ages.
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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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