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April 19, 2015
April 20, 2015
10:00am - 5:00pm
We invite all to join us for our annual Earth Week events at Oakton Community College April 20-25. From lectures on Environmental Philosophy, Air Pollution, Sustainable Eating and Green Renovation to hands-on opportunities like campus nature walks, community gardening, invertebrate sampling and habitat restoration, there is truly something for everyone. Students, adult learners and families will all find activities and experiences to engage in the environment and learn something new. All experiences are free and open to the public. Details can be found at the website below: https://www.oakton.edu/newsevents/events/earth_week.php and on our Green Committee Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OaktonGreenCommittee.
April 21, 2015
10:00am - 5:00pm
We invite all to join us for our annual Earth Week events at Oakton Community College April 20-25. From lectures on Environmental Philosophy, Air Pollution, Sustainable Eating and Green Renovation to hands-on opportunities like campus nature walks, community gardening, invertebrate sampling and habitat restoration, there is truly something for everyone. Students, adult learners and families will all find activities and experiences to engage in the environment and learn something new. All experiences are free and open to the public. Details can be found at the website below: https://www.oakton.edu/newsevents/events/earth_week.php and on our Green Committee Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OaktonGreenCommittee.
April 22, 2015
8:30am - 12:30pm
4th Annual Earth Day Hike at Lake Calumet-Southeast Environmental Task Force 8:30 am- 12:30 pm: Explore the area around Lake Calumet on the “secured” property of the Illinois International Port District. Join us to view the recently acquired 282 acres that will soon be opened for hiking, fishing, boating, bird-watching, and other nature activities as part of the Millennium Reserve Initiative. Where to meet: Harborside Golf Course Clubhouse-11001 S. Doty Ave. East, Chicago 60628 Contact: Call 773-646-0436 https://www.facebook.com/events/888465621210793/
April 22, 2015
10:00am - 5:00pm
We invite all to join us for our annual Earth Week events at Oakton Community College April 20-25. From lectures on Environmental Philosophy, Air Pollution, Sustainable Eating and Green Renovation to hands-on opportunities like campus nature walks, community gardening, invertebrate sampling and habitat restoration, there is truly something for everyone. Students, adult learners and families will all find activities and experiences to engage in the environment and learn something new. All experiences are free and open to the public. Details can be found at the website below: https://www.oakton.edu/newsevents/events/earth_week.php and on our Green Committee Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OaktonGreenCommittee.
April 22, 2015
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Celebrate Earth Day with a guided hike through the woods and prairie. We’ll look for wildlife and wildflowers during this special hike. There will be hands-on activities and stories along the trail. www.kaneforest.com Please call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.
April 22, 2015
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Join Alliance for the Great Lakes President and CEO, Joel Brammeier, on April 22 at the Apple Store, North Michigan Avenue in Chicago for a multimedia Earth Day event to learn about the Great Lakes and discover how you can help. Can't make it? You can participate in this interactive Earth Day event by tweeting in questions, sharing pictures, and commenting online. http://greatlakes.org/
April 23, 2015
10:00am - 5:00pm
We invite all to join us for our annual Earth Week events at Oakton Community College April 20-25. From lectures on Environmental Philosophy, Air Pollution, Sustainable Eating and Green Renovation to hands-on opportunities like campus nature walks, community gardening, invertebrate sampling and habitat restoration, there is truly something for everyone. Students, adult learners and families will all find activities and experiences to engage in the environment and learn something new. All experiences are free and open to the public. Details can be found at the website below: https://www.oakton.edu/newsevents/events/earth_week.php and on our Green Committee Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OaktonGreenCommittee.
April 23, 2015
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Many of the invasive plants that dominate natural areas in our region (i.e., common buckthorn, bush honeysuckle, and multiflora rose) were once growing in someone’s yard. We know that a few of the plants that gardeners are planting right now are invasive and could well become the next buckthorn or honeysuckle. Unfortunately, all of these invasive plants affect our native animals by replacing the native plants on which these animals rely for food and shelter. Cathy will provide information about which garden plants are invasive and some recommendations and resources for making informed choices for your garden.
April 24, 2015 - April 26, 2015
Take a Spring Vacation that Makes a Difference— Sign up for McHenry County Conservation District’s Weekend of Restoration VII: Spirit of the CCC and Aldo Leopold Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and come to Glacial Park, one of the premier natural areas of the Chicago Region for a weekend you’ll never forget! Take part in McHenry County Conservation District’s award-winning “Weekend of Restoration” VII: Spirit of the CCC and Aldo Leopold on April 24–26 at Glacial Park, in Ringwood, a program that allows you to help restore an ancient landscape while learning about the history and ecology of our region. Over a span of less than ten years during the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps employed young men to plant almost three billion trees across the country. Our task will be a little smaller, our demographics a little broader, but our work will be in the same spirit and no less important! Together we will restore a hillside to its former oak barrens vegetation, and at the same time learn about the history of conservation in the age of the CCC and Aldo Leopold. Much of conservation as we enjoy it and understand it today grew from ideas planted at this time. Be part of a unique and exciting experience of recreation, learning, and doing—a vacation that makes a difference! Added bonus: Camp at Glacial Park for FREE exclusively for this event.* Group size limited to 30, so register early: deadline April 17. Open to ages 16 and up. Cost: $70 / Seniors (60+) $50 / Students (16+) $35 / Register with a Friend Discount: receive $20 off second registration. (Fee includes meals). *Participants also have the option to camp at Glacial Park for free, exclusively for this event, (indoor restrooms and showers available; bring your own camping equipment). For more information or to register, contact Tom Simpson at (815) 678-4532 x8218 or tsimpson@mccdistrict.org. Witness the activities and results of prior Weekends of Restoration on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/WkndofRstor.
April 24, 2015
9:00am - 12:00pm
Spring brings lots of great things, like migrating birds and beautiful wildflowers. But it also brings lots of invasive garlic mustard! We’ll get good exercise removing this and other invasive plant species. There will be social time and refreshments after the weed pulling. Let us know if you’re coming, so we can plan enough goodies! Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register. Meet at Creek Bend Nature Center, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. www.kaneforest.com
April 24, 2015
10:00am - 5:00pm
We invite all to join us for our annual Earth Week events at Oakton Community College April 20-25. From lectures on Environmental Philosophy, Air Pollution, Sustainable Eating and Green Renovation to hands-on opportunities like campus nature walks, community gardening, invertebrate sampling and habitat restoration, there is truly something for everyone. Students, adult learners and families will all find activities and experiences to engage in the environment and learn something new. All experiences are free and open to the public. Details can be found at the website below: https://www.oakton.edu/newsevents/events/earth_week.php and on our Green Committee Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OaktonGreenCommittee.
   
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We are providing the places and programs for generations of families to connect with nature.

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We are developing strategies to mitigate climate change through land and water conservation action.

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We are making significant improvements in the ecological health of the region’s lands and waters.

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We are creating a region where healthy ecosystems contribute to a high quality of life for all residents.

      

  

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