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
9:00am-6:00pm
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.

Eco-Friendly Holiday Decorating

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:15pm
  • Approximately 50 million Christmas trees are purchased each year in the US. Consider a tree that can be planted in the yard, or an artificial one to be reused for years to come.
  • The smaller the bulbs on a light strand, the lower the wattage. Low-wattage bulbs use less energy and give off less heat.
  • Make a nature ornament from twigs, bark, pine cones, etc., or laminate a special photo for the tree.
  • Tie old buttons onto a length of string to make old-fashioned looking garland.
  • Make your own luminaries. Rinse out empty soup or coffee cans, remove the label and punch holes into the sides to make a snowflake design, then place a candle in the bottom.
  • Save some fresh evergreen needles in a dish and set it in your bathroom. Whenever the air needs a fresh scent, stir up the needles.
  • Use dried-out tree sprigs as kindling for a cozy fire.

Energy Saving Tips

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 4:45pm

By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don't want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you're pouring your morning coffee.

From 50 Ways to Help the Planet.

 

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