April 22, 2012 will mark the 42nd Earth Day. To celebrate, the Lake County Forest Preserves have a week of FREE activities planned for families. You can celebrate spring, learn about ecology, join nature walks or lend a hand to help save the planet on special volunteer workdays. Unless otherwise stated all events are FREE and for all ages.
Monday April 16 – Playdate with Nature
4:00-5:00 pm, Fox River Preserve and Marina, Barrington
Come outside and play! Build a fort for you, or a smaller version for elves & fairies. Hunt for emerging spring critters. Try mud painting and more. Use curiosity and creativity to celebrate Earth Week outdoors. Meet at the Fox River Pavillion.
Wednesday April 18 – Pond Life
4:00-5:00pm, Captain Daniel Wright Woods, Mettawa
Learn how we can tell how healthy our water is by what is living in it. Then, use nets to catch small water animals, and identify what they are. Meet in the parking lot.
Friday April 20 – Family Fun Walk
4:00-5:00 pm, Grant Woods, Lake Villa
Walk a 1.3 mile section of a forest preserve together with your family and community, in celebration of Earth Week. Water will be available for refilling water bottles approximately half way, along the marked course. This is a non-competitive, untimed walk. Begin anytime between 4 -5 pm. Use Grand Avenue entrance.
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
Sunday April 22 – Meet and Greet Education Animals
2:00-4:00pm, Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center, Riverwoods
Visit with Ryerson Woods’ live education animals and feel furs and feathers of local wildlife on our touch table.
What will you be doing to celebrate Earth Day this year?