Spring Clean-Up. New in 2019!

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 7:00am

On June 8, from 7am-1pm, residents can bring unlimited household waste to the Advanced Disposal Transfer Station (2800 Shermer Road), Public Works Department (655 Huehl Road), or 'Grainger Property' (1657 Shermer Road) for free disposal. IDs will be checked to confirm residency. 

The Spring Clean-Up event does not include landscape waste, organics, construction debris, rocks, sand, hazardous waste, electronics, tires, or other restricted waste.

Volunteer with the Chicago River Eco-Warriors (CREW)

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am

Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people and wildlife and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region.

Chicago River Day is just around the corner. This year it is on Saturday, May 11th. 

More info can be found here: https://www.chicagoriver.org/get-involved/volunteer/chicago-river-eco-warriors-crew

New date to discuss The Death & Life of the Great Lakes - April 30

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 4:00pm

Come to the Environmental Book Club on Tuesday, April 30 to discuss Dan Egan's The Death & Life of the Great Lakes. Discussion led by member of Go Green Northbrook. No need to register, just come and talk about the book!

Tuesday, April 30


Second Floor, Youth Services Activity Room

Environmental Graphiti - The Art of Climate Change

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:30am

The Northbrook Public Library is proudly displaying a rotating exhibit by artist Alisa Singer. We have one piece, located on the wall outside the Collaboratory, and the work changes approximately every 2 months.

The full collection of art will be on display for a year (until March, 2020) at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. There is no opening event planned so feel free to stop by at your own convenience. (The Environmental Graphiti exhibit, featuring sixteen pieces of art, can be found in the South Gallery on the second floor.) 

As many of you know, the museum is located in a modern new building across from the Lincoln Park Zoo and close to the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The museum's butterfly exhibit is well-known and much-loved, but the museum has many other attractions, including (until June) a very compelling nature photography exhibit featuring 40 large award-winning photographs by the highly respected nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen. 

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, at Lincoln Park, Chicago. 

2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614


Two environmental film festivals

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

Join the One Earth Film Festival as they go ALL IN for our planet at the Midwest's premier environmental film festival. See the nine films conveniently located here in Lake County and more about their times and locations.

March 2-10, 2019 


Also don't miss the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Evanston! March 9-10, 2019.

  • Friday, February 22, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Friday, March 8, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 9, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (New in 2019!)


Learn about Chicagoland nature at Wild Things Conferece - Feb. 23, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 4:00pm

Local educators, advocates, and stewards will share their love of the flora and fauna of our region at the Wild Things Conference. Explore how you can get involved in preserving our local plants and animals. This event only takes place every two years.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL  60018
Register here

Craft Swap 2019: January 25-27

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 5:00pm

Sunday, January 27, 1:15-3:30pm
Pollak Room

Give new life to craft supplies you no longer need—yarn, fabrics, scrapbooking paper, etc. Drop off your new or slightly used craft supplies during the drop-off times below, and then join us at the Craft Swap on Sunday, January 27. Please note: you do not need to donate any materials to attend the swap. 

Each person at the swap will be given 2 shopping bags. Once your bags are full, please exit the room. You can get back in line for more if you wish. We look forward to seeing you at the fun event!

Drop off dates and times:

Friday, January 25, 1:00-5:00pm
Saturday, January 26, 10:00am-4:00pm

Drop off will be on the 1st floor, in the Pollak Room.

Where to donate shoes

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 4:45pm

Thank you for participating in our successful shoe drive. We are no longer accepting shoes, but here are some places where you can drop off your old footwear for reuse or recycling:

  • USagain drop-box:  7-11, 2800 W. Dundee Rd., Northbrook
  • USagain drop-box:  Empire Szechwan, 3580 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
  • Goodwill:  4131 E. Dundee Rd., Northbrook

Bees at the Heller Nature Center

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 4:30pm

If you enjoyed our recent screening of The Vanishing of the Bees, you may be interested to learn more about bees and beekeeping. The Heller Nature Center in Highland Park has an apiary of 20 colonies of honey bees that school classes and families can visit for beekeeping programs. They extract and bottle honey every August.

For more information, call the Heller Nature Center at 847-433-6901.

12 Earth Day Tips

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 3:15pm
  1. Bring a reusable cup to the coffee shop.
  2. Carry a silverware pack to use instead of plastic cutlery at fast food restaurants.
  3. Say no to disposable bags!
  4. End junk mail! Opt out at Catalog Choice.
  5. Maintain a non-toxic lawn.
  6. Watch a documentary to learn about the issues:
  7. Go meat free one day a week.
  8. Reuse produce bags or bring a net bag to shop for fruits and vegetables.
  9. Turn your food scraps into fuel for your garden: Start a compost in your yard!
  10. Eat sustainable seafood using this handy guide.
  11. Walk or bike to places within 2 miles.
  12. Watch a TED talk to learn about the issues.


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