Nature is nearby in Glacial Park

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 9:00am

Explore nature in Illinois before summer’s end. Trails for walking and biking are open at forest preserves and state parks. One special place is Glacial Park, less than an hour's drive from Northbrook in McHenry County.

Walk up small hills called kames, through tallgrass prairie and savannah woodland till you reach a large marsh. Sit quietly on the observation deck and notice frogs, turtles, dragonflies, and other marsh-dependent creatures quietly dipping in and out of the water. 


Watch & Discuss Microplastic Madness - July 17-18

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 5:15pm

Microplastic Madness is an award-winning documentary featuring youth-led action on plastic pollution. Seven Generations Ahead is hosting a free film screening followed by a Q&A on July 18.

Read more about the film and register:


  • Friday, July 17 between 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 18 between 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


  • July 18 from 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Read about the zero-waste lifestyle for inspiring ideas for replacing plastic.
Books available in HooplaDigital:

  • An Almost Zero Waste Life by Megean Weldon
  • Plastic-Free by Beth Terry
  • Zero-Waste by Shia Su

Challenge Yourself to Reduce Plastic

Friday, June 12, 2020 - 11:30am

Even in these cautionary times, there are countless ways to say NO to single-use plastic. Whether it's saying "no straw please," foregoing produce bags, or choosing items in glass jars, challenge yourself to give up the plastic habit. The more you do, the more fun it gets to find new ways to replace plastic!

Explore ideas at Plastic Free July

Listen to a Shedd Aquarium educator discuss how you can keep plastic out of Lake Michigan and help marine life in our beloved lake.
Wednesday, July 8, 7:00pm - Register to receive the link.

Read about the zero-waste lifestyle for inspiring ideas! Available in HooplaDigital:

An Almost Zero Waste Life by Megean Weldon
Plastic-Free by Beth Terry
Zero-Waste by Shia Su

Earth Week Virtual Film Fest

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:00am

One Earth Film Fest and the City of Chicago bring you the Earth Day Virtual Mini-Film Fest, offering 6 FREE screenings from April 20 to 26, entirely online in the comfort of your own home. This is an easy, fun and meaningful way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with family and friends all week long.

The following films will be featured:

  • “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution,” April 20
  • “The Human Element,” April 21
  • “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” April 23
  • “Why We Cycle,” April 24
  •  Young Filmmakers Contest Honorable Mention Award-Winning Screenings, April 25
  • “The Biggest Little Farm,” April 26

Events will offer rich programming, including Q&As via live chat on Zoom with filmmakers, expert panelists and local partners who can help you plug into your community.

Wild & Scenic Film Fest: Feb. 28 & Mar. 13

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 9:00am

This annual eco film festival, presented by the Evanston Environmental Association and the City of Evanston, offers attendees an incredible line-up of award-winning environmental and adventure short films.

Watch different short films on each date.

  • Friday, February 28, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Friday, March 13, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Location: Rotary Center in Evanston (free parking!)
  • Tickets: $12

Film descriptions and tickets:

Reduce Waste this Holiday Season!

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 9:45am

Americans contribute 25% more volume to landfill between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Follow these tips from SWANCC to reduce the amount of garbage you generate and embrace the holiday spirit.

Holiday To-Do List

  • When entertaining, use reusable dishes, glassware, silverware, and napkins rather than disposables.
  • Reuse gift bags or wrap gifts in a piece of cloth or lace, pillow cases, blankets, holiday tins, or comics from the Sunday paper.
  • Shop with reusable bags – smaller ones for produce and fruit.
  • Recycle your old holiday lights in the bin behind the Village Garage, Monday to Friday from 7am to 3pm
  • Make ornaments from nature, use a pine cone, twig, bark, etc.
  • Decorate a large plant with lights and ribbons rather than a Christmas tree.
  • Create homemade gifts. Check out these ideas.
  • Give “gifts of the heart” – coupons for house chores, snow shoveling, making a meal, giving a massage, babysitting, etc.
  • Give “certificates” for doing things together, like going to a concert, sports events, a movie, ice skating, bowling, or a bike ride. 
  • Go gift-free and make the gathering about family being together.
  • Use the money you would spend on gifts to make donations to your favorite charities - either one large one as a family, or smaller ones for each member individually.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food pantry.
  • Visit with an elderly or housebound neighbor – take a decorated plant.
  • Put together a care package and send to troops overseas.
  • Put seed out for the birds.
  • Donate gently used books to a children’s hospital.
  • Go sledding, build a snowman or have a snowball fight – no matter your age!

Green Up Your Holidays

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 3:30pm

Looking for ways to celebrate the holidays without all the waste and expense? From decorations and gift wrap to creative gift ideas, try these suggestions for creating new festive traditions that are less resource intensive.

Green America's holiday preparation tips
Green America's gift giving suggestions
Gift packing tip: use shredded paper for packing boxes instead of buying Styrofoam peanuts.

Let's talk about Climate Justice!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 2:45pm

Join other interested neighbors in discussing the book Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future. Author Mary Robinson travelled the world meeting ordinary people, mothers and grandmothers like herself, whose efforts were driving change in the fight for climate justice. This hopeful book features stories of individual ingenuity that has resulted in extraordinary change.

Pick up your copy at the Reference Desk.

Tuesday, October 15
Civic Room

Register here

Monarchs, Milkweed and Migration

Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Monarch butterflies across the Midwest will soon begin their migration south. Learn more about monarch life cycles, the importance of native milkweeds and what you can do to help.

FREE. No registration required. Adult supervision required.

Please note: Pets are not allowed at Ryerson Woods.


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