Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Earth Day and Arbor Day}

Prairie Burning at Spring Valley Nature Center

This week, Earth Day and Arbor Day serve as reminders of how important conservation is. There are many wonderful events throughout the area for you to experience nature while learning about conservation with your family. A couple of weeks ago, we attended a prescribed prairie burning at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. Prairie burning is very necessary and vital to the prairie ecosystem. We found the event to be a brilliant and powerful celebration of the awesome power of nature! This weekend provides so many opportunities to celebrate nature while creating family memories--get out there!

Here are some affordable ideas for family fun this weekend:

Friday, April 25

Spend a lovely family evening at the Friday Night Campfire at Stillman Nature Center in South Barrington from 7:30PM-8:30PM. Enjoy stories and roasted marshmallows! The event suggests a $2 pp donation.

The Morton Arboretum has a ton of festivities this weekend for Arbor Day including Dress Like a Tree, Get in Free on this Friday (Friday only). You can read about all of the fun in our previous post. Hope you can visit and hug a tree!

Saturday, April 26

Northbrook will be hosting Earth and Arbor Day Events at the Village Green from 9:30AM-1:00PM. There will be children's activities, live music, seedling giveaways, bike safety for ages 5 and up (bring your bike), recycling drop off and more. Admission is free!

Join the Earth Day Celebration at Olmstead Park in  Elk Grove from 10AM-2PM. There will be Earth Day fun activities for the fam. Admission is free!

Lake Katherine in Palos Heights is also holding an Earth Day Celebration from 10:00AM-2:00PM. There will be hayrides, games and activities, green exhibits, seedling giveaways and food vendors. Admission is free! (For a peek at Lake Katherine, check our previous post.)

What says spring better than a high flying kite? Have some kite flying fun at Flying for Kids at Margreth Riemer Reservoir in Palatine at 10AM. There is a free kite for the first 100 children! There will also be raffles and more--for free!

For LEGO fans, Saturday and Sunday there will be a Lego Bash at Blackberry Farm in Aurora from 11AM-4PM each day. There will be LEGO and train displays and a  LEGO train ride around Lake Gregory. Admission is $5 residents, $6 non.

Head over to the Earth Day Youth Fair at Cumberland Terrace in Des Plaines from 1PM-4PM. Make a recycled craft, plant a tree, learn about keeping waterways clean, all for free!

Sunday, April 27

Spend Sunday commemorating  Arbor Day at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington from 10AM-3PM. There will be activities all day and a presentation at 1PM. The event is free!

Help out on the farm during Springtime on the Farm at Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg from 12PM-4PM. Help with spring planting in the garden, watch farm demonstrations, visit newborn animals, make crafts and more. The event costs $4 pp or $16 per family up to 6.

 Enjoy the Earth Day Celebration at Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie from 12PM-4PM. Meet critters that live in the area and join in entertaining activities. There will be earth friendly foods for sale and native wildflowers and grasses for sale. Admission is free!

Test yourself at the  Eco Challenge at River Trail Nature Center in  Northbrook from 1:30PM-2:30PM. Individuals or teams can sign up for a GPS challenge--bring your own or borrow one but they are limited--free!

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