Filtering by: Nature
Screening 'The Human Element'
Sep
23
6:30 PM18:30

Screening 'The Human Element'

FILM DESCRIPTION: Renowned photographer James Balog (prominently featured in “Chasing Ice”) uses his camera to reveal how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. Following the four classical elements—air, earth, fire and water—to frame his journey, Balog explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, coal mining, and the changes in the air we breathe. He takes it further by examining the effects of the fifth element—the human element—to tell an urgent story while giving inspiration for a more balanced relationship between humanity and nature.

The event will include a short interactive discussion on the Church’s position on Creation Care, Climate Change, and Church-supported legislation on Climate Action.

Hosted by Ascension HOME Creation Care Team, Ascension Peace and Justice Committee, St. Edmund Green Team, Interfaith Green Network, One Earth Film Festival, Green Community Connections, Seven Generations Ahead.

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Aurora GreenFest: Celebrating the Power of Ten
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Aurora GreenFest: Celebrating the Power of Ten

  • Prisco Community Center and McCullough Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come to the Aurora GreenFest on Sept. 28 and learn how to take care of the environment and have fun at the same time. Be ready for a day filled with fun activities to live more sustainably and help save our planet. As always, the GreenFest is a free and accessible event, so bring the whole family. 

The GreenFest is 10 years old this year!  This year’s theme: “Celebrating the Power of Ten!”  all about the top 10 ways to help the environment and stop climate change. 

Aurora Greenfest invites lots of wonderful, sustainability-minded exhibitors, including local non-profits and businesses with a green story to tell. They welcome local farmers, who help them find clean, organic food. They invite local artists and crafters with a theme of reusing old or found objects or nature themes. Volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors please sign up on their website, www.auroragreenfest.com.

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Trees Close Up: Botanical Watercolors by Barbara Rose
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

Trees Close Up: Botanical Watercolors by Barbara Rose

This is the opening reception for an exhibition that will take place throughout the month of October, from the 2nd to the 30th.

These paintings pay homage to common native trees in our urban forest. Most are elarger than life studies of buds, blossoms and seeds—miraculous moments in a process where sun, wind and water interact with the wisdom of encoded in trees to perpetuate life.

Paintings are transparent watercolor on Fabriano Artistico paper. Sales proceeds will be donated to the non-profit West Cook Wild Ones with commissions to the library.

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Celebrate Oaktober Tree Forum
Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

Celebrate Oaktober Tree Forum

Oak Park is Illinois’ first municipal arboretum, with more than 18,000 trees lining its streets. Its Heritage Oak Propagation Program has saved hundreds of 200- to 300-year old trees and planted their acorns in local parks. For this program, a stellar panel will present on the urban forest ecosystem. Learn about such topics as:

  • How to protect disappearing oak savannas, woodlands, and forests

  • Landscaping for healthy trees

  • Discovering Oak Park’s heritage oaks

  • The managing and maintenance of an urban forest

  • Adopting an oak

Presenters

Lydia Scott directs The Morton Arboretum’s Chicago Region Trees Initiative.
Mark Duntemann, is a Master Arborist who presents internationally on urban forestry.
Robert Sproule is a Master Arborist and superintendent of Oak Park’s Forest Division.
Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author who specializes in sustainable plant communities for all seasons.

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Migrating Monarchs Celebration
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Migrating Monarchs Celebration

Journey with the monarch butterflies as they begin their migration to Mexico. Watch live monarch butterflies being tagged and released, enjoy music, crafts, and activities. Get gardening information and learn how you can help save this butterfly. Food available for purchase. Sponsored by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Wolf Road Prairie Talk, Tour, and Fest
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Wolf Road Prairie Talk, Tour, and Fest

Celebrate the history of the Midwest and the beautiful Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve at this FREE summer festival. Enjoy learning about Wolf Road Prairie ecology and restoration efforts from the prairie ecologist and explore the prairie with a knowledgeable guide. Program offered at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Event also includes: visits with live raptors (10:30am – 12:30pm), crafts and art for sale, historic re-enactors, dulcimer players, genealogy advice, quilt displays, Greek traditional dancers, music, food, and more.

Please rsvp for the prairie program and tour at https://bitly.com/wolfroadprairie.

For more information about the fest, send an email to r.cabe@sbcglobal.net . Sponsored by Save the Prairie Society.

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River Kayaking 101
Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

River Kayaking 101

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Introductory class for new river kayakers. Technique and instruction provided prior to a short hands-on paddle along the Des Plaines River to Maywood Grove. Shuttle provided back to Trailside Museum.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call 312-533-5751.

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River Kayaking 101
Aug
23
1:00 PM13:00

River Kayaking 101

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Introductory class for new river kayakers. Technique and instruction provided prior to a short hands-on paddle along the Des Plaines River to Maywood Grove. Shuttle provided back to Trailside Museum.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call 312-533-5751.

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Peace in the Park #3
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

Peace in the Park #3

Feeling stressed out by the fast pace on your daily routine? What better way to reset your clock than by taking the time to reconnect with the natural world around you. Join the Park District of Oak Park for this relaxing program at Austin Gardens. Each session will focus on a new way of slowing down and taking time to relax. From yoga and meditation to sketching and journaling you're sure to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. Cost is $15 for residents and $19 for non-residents.

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Kayak the Pond #6
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Kayak the Pond #6

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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Kayak the Pond #5
Aug
14
2:00 PM14:00

Kayak the Pond #5

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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Peace in the Park #2
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Peace in the Park #2

Feeling stressed out by the fast pace on your daily routine? What better way to reset your clock than by taking the time to reconnect with the natural world around you. Join us for this relaxing program at Austin Gardens. Each session we will focus on a new way of slowing down and taking time to relax. From yoga and meditation to sketching and journaling you're sure to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. Cost is $15 for residents and $19 for non-residents.

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Kayak the Pond #4
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Kayak the Pond #4

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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Kayak the Pond #3
Jul
17
2:00 PM14:00

Kayak the Pond #3

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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New Programs from the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Jul
14
2:30 PM14:30

New Programs from the Forest Preserves of Cook County

The Forest Preserves of Cook County may surprise you with its new programming. Conservation@Home, Bird the Preserves, and the Greater Maywood Paddling Programs are just a few new offerings. Join West Cook Wild Ones as they explore the programming that goes beyond Forest Preserves’ borders to target new audiences and tap into community support.

Presenter Nina Baki is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Over the past 15 years, Nina has worked in the field of conservation connecting people to the outdoors through interpretive programs and activities. Currently, Nina works on outreach and engagement opportunities to promote the Forest Preserves and its resources, exposing people to nature and sharing how to live more sustainable and healthy life for themselves and the environment.

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In-Person Training to be Volunteer Monarch Monitor
Jul
9
4:30 PM16:30

In-Person Training to be Volunteer Monarch Monitor

How successful is milkweed at helping monarch butterflies? The Field Museum needs your help to find out. Volunteer 30 minutes per week monitoring monarchs for the museum's Keller Science Action Center. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3J4-LrwRXzMv3mkqgmxTQO1ZpUrdcb-7cRil1RRZH55Yb4A/viewform

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In-Person Training to be Volunteer Monarch Monitor
Jul
8
1:00 PM13:00

In-Person Training to be Volunteer Monarch Monitor

How successful is milkweed at helping monarch butterflies? The Field Museum needs your help to find out. Volunteer 30 minutes per week monitoring monarchs for the museum's Keller Science Action Center. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3J4-LrwRXzMv3mkqgmxTQO1ZpUrdcb-7cRil1RRZH55Yb4A/viewform

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Digital Training to be Volunteer Monarch Monitor #2
Jul
3
12:00 PM12:00

Digital Training to be Volunteer Monarch Monitor #2

How successful is milkweed at helping monarch butterflies? The Field Museum needs your help to find out. Volunteer 30 minutes per week monitoring monarchs for the museum's Keller Science Action Center. Digital training will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3J4-LrwRXzMv3mkqgmxTQO1ZpUrdcb-7cRil1RRZH55Yb4A/viewform

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Digital Training to be Volunteer Monarch Monitor
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Digital Training to be Volunteer Monarch Monitor

How successful is milkweed at helping monarch butterflies? The Field Museum needs your help to find out. Volunteer 30 minutes per week monitoring monarchs for the museum's Keller Science Action Center. Digital training will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3J4-LrwRXzMv3mkqgmxTQO1ZpUrdcb-7cRil1RRZH55Yb4A/viewform

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Oak Park Conservatory 90th Birthday
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Oak Park Conservatory 90th Birthday

The Oak Park Conservatory is turning 90 years young! You are invited to the celebration as they cut the birthday cake and flip the switch to mark the completion of many new sustainable features recently installed at the Conservatory. As a result of over 1,000 sustainability pledges from our community, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club donated $100,000 towards solar panels, bee hives, a compost tea system, and 5 cisterns. Join us for kids activities, tours, and fun giveaways as we celebrate 90 years and look forward to 90 more!

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Peace in the Park
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Peace in the Park

Feeling stressed out by the fast pace on your daily routine? What better way to reset your clock than by taking the time to reconnect with the natural world around you. Join us for this relaxing program at Austin Gardens. Each session we will focus on a new way of slowing down and taking time to relax. From yoga and meditation to sketching and journaling you're sure to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. Cost is $15 for residents and $19 for non-residents.

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Tour of Wolf Road Prairie
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Tour of Wolf Road Prairie

Designated an Illinois Nature Preserve, Wolf Road Prairie contains several native communities, including mesic prairie, mesic savanna and wetland. It is home to more than 360 native plant species. The resident migratory birds, amphibians, insects, butterflies and mammals are too numerous to count. In combination, the ecosystem features of the site make for a one-of-a-kind natural area, unlike any in the world. The prairie remnant at Wolf Road Prairie is considered the largest and best quality black soil or mesic prairie east of the Mississippi River. The wetland on site is considered of high aquatic quality.

Please register for this free program presented by West Cook Wild Ones.

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Adult Archery
May
30
12:00 PM12:00

Adult Archery

Stay active and try your hand at a new or old pastime. Enjoy a brief nature hike on the trails while you wait for your next turn. Ages 18 & up. Brought to you by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Registration required for groups of 10 or more. Call 708-386-4042.

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Spring Festival
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Spring Festival

Celebrate spring with a fun day of activities for all ages, including animal encounters, kids’ tree climb, guided spring wildflower walks, bird banding, dip netting, seed planting, a kid’s craft, building a bird house to take home and much more! Brought to you by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Columbus Park Bio Blitz
Apr
27
7:30 AM07:30

Columbus Park Bio Blitz

Join the Columbus Park 2018 Bioblitz! Bring your sense of curiosity and a smartphone (or other camera). You do not need to be an expert. The goal is to record as many living organisms as possible in a limited timeframe. Bioblitzes are a wonderful citizen science opportunity because your records/observations will be used by scientists.

To get the most out of the Bioblitz, we recommend installing the iNaturalist App and practice using it before the event. Here is a short video demonstrating use of the app: https://vimeo.com/162581545. Having the app on your smartphone makes taking pictures and recording data extremely simple. If you have a Macro lens for your smartphone, that's helpful for smaller organisms.

Please be sure to join our iNaturalist project: Columbus Park Bioblitz 2019.

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