Celebrate Earth Day 2013 in Chicago

April 19, 2013

Earth Day in ChicagoSenator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day April 22, 1970 after witnessing the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara. It had a uniting effect on the various environmental groups, protesting everything from the loss of wilderness to toxic dumping. As the years have passed, Earth Day has become a time to raise awareness of environmental issues, celebrate sustainability and push the platform of green issues even further for later generations. This year will be no exception, so be sure to check out these celebrations near your Chicago home:

  • The Emily Oaks Nature Center is hosting their annual event on Saturday, April 20, which will feature games, music and other entertainment. They will have native plants for sale during the event, you can take home a piece of the of the 13-acre facility with you. Interactive activities have been organized both outside and in, so bring the kids to this family-friendly celebration.
  • The suburb of Oak Park is holding their fourth annual Earth Fest on Saturday as well. It will be held at the city’s Public Works Center. This will be more focused on educating the public on how to integrate green practices, like composting and recycling, into everyday life. They also have children’s activities planned so the kids can be part of the fun.
  • If you’re looking to get your groove on and really get into the hippie mindset, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is throwing a kids concert with Joe Reilly on Saturday, April 20. His songs, focusing on environmental issues like endangered species and stopping pollution, will deliver the important message with a sweet melody. Urban Habitat Chicago will have a booth at the museum after the concert, so make sure to stop in!

Now that your Saturday, is booked solid, it’s time for Sunday!

  • The Brookfield Zoo is having an all-day, family-friendly celebration in their Party for the Planet. More tips for composting can be found here, on a ride hilariously called the “Poop Tram.” They are also collecting old electronics to be recycled, so bring your old appliances to drop off.
  • Maybe your garden is looking a little peaked, and you plan on working on that soon? Spend some time at the Chicago Botanical Garden this Sunday. They will be hosting a lecture to teach you how to include organic practices in your own backyard. Jeanne Pinsof Nolan, founder of The Organic Gardener, will be on hand with some wonderful tips. Plus, the garden’s glorious landscape will obviously be the perfect place to spend the rest of your afternoon and get inspiration for your own yard this spring.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and encompass the spirit of Earth Day by attending these events. Then, make your efforts even stronger by choosing to live in a green Chicago new home.



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