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May 27, 2015
7:00am - 8:00am
The Alliance for the Great Lakes sponsors regular beach cleanup events at various sites along the shores of Lake Michigan. Visit http://greatlakesadopt.org/ for details.
May 29, 2015
7:00pm - 10:30pm
THE 4th ANNUAL EVANSTON GREEN BALL will be co-presented on Friday, May 29, 2015 by the Evanston Environmental Association and the City of Evanston. This popular event offers a festive evening of fabulous food, drinks, and live music designed to keep the ball rolling at the Evanston Ecology Center - one of the City of Evanston's most highly regarded institutions. http://www.evanstonenvironment.org/greenball.html
May 30, 2015
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Are you looking for something the whole family can do for free on a Saturday afternoon? Join us for a Lost Valley Venture on Saturday, May 2, 9, 16 or 30 from 2–3:30 p.m. at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Rt. 31 and Harts Rd., Ringwood. This family exploration program includes a nature lesson, game, and activity based around this month’s topic: Nesting Time. Participants will get to see examples of several different kinds of bird nests and will learn how different birds use different techniques and different materials. They will get to make a pretend bird nest out of natural materials and will play a baby bird feeding game too. On their hike, they will look for nests and the birds that make them. Dress for the weather and walking. No registration required. All ages are welcome. This program is intended for families and cannot accommodate organized groups. Youth groups should contact Prairieview Education Center at (815) 479-5779 to schedule a program for their group.
May 30, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
After learning how to respect the natural area around us, we will spend time playing in the water and mud, exploring the creek and its surrounding wetlands. We’ll stomp in puddles, make mudpies, and get dirty! Wear old clothes and shoes. FREE. Youth ages 6–13 Registration deadline: May 26. Visit the District’s website at www.MCCDistrict.org to view the programs in greater detail or sign up to receive the seasonal magazine Landscapes. Registration is accepted online, by phone (free programs only) at (815) 479-5779, by mail-in and drop-off at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or drop-off only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Rd. in Ringwood.
May 31, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Explore The Forest: 100 Years and Growing! Sunday, May 31 * Noon - 4 pm Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Rd, Barrington Hills Celebrate the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Climb a tree! Touch a fish! Check out restoration equipment! Try archery! See the many ways to enjoy the forest preserves. Special Muddy Activities at this Leave No Child Inside Month event. This year's theme is "Marvelous Mud!"
June 1, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm
Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022 847-835-5400 chicagobotanic.org June is Leave No Child Inside Month in Illinois! This year's theme is "Marvelous Mud," so come “cook” up some mud cupcakes, tacos, pies, or whatever other “culinary” concoction you can conceive. Children will be provided with mud, flowers, cupcake holders, leaves, rocks, and more. Come create with us at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden Family Drop In Activities. No registration required. Weather permitting. Daily, June 1 – 30 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free All ages & adult
June 1, 2015
11:00am - 4:00pm
The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, Illinois 60532 630-968-0074 (general) 630-719-2468 (registration) mortonarb.org Dirty hands…just what we’re looking for. Join us for some fun as we celebrate "Marvelous Mud," the theme of this year's Leave No Child Inside Month! We will be using mud and other natural items to make mud mosaics. This self-guided hands-on discovery activity is available daily in June from 11 - 4 p.m. in the Children's Garden. No registration required. Weather permitting. Daily, June 1 - 30 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free (with paid admission) All ages & adult
June 1, 2015
11:00am - 4:00pm
The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, Illinois 60532 630-968-0074 (general) 630-719-2468 (registration) mortonarb.org Soil Dwellers Who’s living down in the mud? Discover what types of creatures live underground and all about the special characteristics they possess. This self-guided hands-on discovery activity is available daily in June from 11 - 4 p.m. in the Children's Garden, and is part of our celebration of "Marvelous Mud" during Leave No Child Inside Month. No registration required. Weather permitting. Daily, June 1 - 30 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free (with paid admission) All ages & adult
June 1, 2015
7:45pm - 8:45pm
The fun starts at dusk if you’re an insectivorous bat — or if you’re someone who likes to watch bats! During this family program, we’ll find bats using our super-duper “bat detector.” This device picks up the bats’ “clicks” used in echolocation. We’ll also play some bat games and learn about bat ecology. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register. www.kaneforest.com
June 2, 2015
9:30am - 11:00am
The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, Illinois 60532 630-968-0074 (general) 630-719-2468 (registration) mortonarb.org This special event celebrates "Marvelous Mud," the theme of this year's Leave No Child Inside Month! Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory-based program in the Children’s Garden. Adult must accompany child. Wear shoes and clothes that can get dirty! Registration closes 2 days before the section date; course number Y002; includes Arboretum admission. Limit 10. Tuesday, June 2 OR Wednesday, June 10 9:30 – 11 a.m. $18 member child/$25 nonmember child Ages 3 to 5 years with adult
June 2, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm
Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022 847-835-5400 chicagobotanic.org June is Leave No Child Inside Month in Illinois! This year's theme is "Marvelous Mud," so come “cook” up some mud cupcakes, tacos, pies, or whatever other “culinary” concoction you can conceive. Children will be provided with mud, flowers, cupcake holders, leaves, rocks, and more. Come create with us at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden Family Drop In Activities. No registration required. Weather permitting. Daily, June 1 – 30 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free All ages & adult
June 2, 2015
11:00am - 4:00pm
The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, Illinois 60532 630-968-0074 (general) 630-719-2468 (registration) mortonarb.org Dirty hands…just what we’re looking for. Join us for some fun as we celebrate "Marvelous Mud," the theme of this year's Leave No Child Inside Month! We will be using mud and other natural items to make mud mosaics. This self-guided hands-on discovery activity is available daily in June from 11 - 4 p.m. in the Children's Garden. No registration required. Weather permitting. Daily, June 1 - 30 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free (with paid admission) All ages & adult
   
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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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Join CW members for lots of slimy, gooey fun as we get ready to celebrate Marvelous Mud during June's Leave No Child Inside Month! Check our calendar of events frequently, as we'll add more programs there as they are scheduled.

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