Calendar

    • March 24, 2017
    • July 21, 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Test your nocturnal senses on a guided night hike through the Arboretum. Themed night hike activities, a campfire and s’mores make for a perfect evening. Pre-registration is required. Start times for this course vary based on the sunset.

     

    • March 26, 2017
    • August 27, 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Join Ecology Center staff throughout a full season in a garden. Staff will provide techniques and methods for best management of your vegetable garden at different times of the growing season. We will work in the Ecology Center's Farmette to provide a variety of natural care suggestions and strategies.  March 26: Garden Design; April 23: Soil Prep and Planting; May 21: Natural Fertilizers; June 25: Weed and Pest Control; July 23: Cold Weather Crops; August 27: Harvest.

    • April 05, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 24, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Learn about the wonders of the season through stories, songs, nature activities and walks in the Ladd Arboretum. Children will enjoy experiencing nature and learn basic skills such as numbers, letters, colors and more as they are accompanied by an adult. Child must be age 2 by the first class.  Dress for the weather; we plan to venture outside each class. Pre-registration required.

     

    • April 05, 2017
    • May 24, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Come join us at the most unique and relaxing setting for yoga in Evanston. Our fireside yoga program is held in front of the large fireplace inside the Evanston Ecology Center. Yoga strengthens your mind, body and spirit. Please bring your own yoga mat.

     

    • April 06, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 11, 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    How do plants and animals transform in the spring? You and your preschooler can unlock the mysteries together during a 6-week series.  Classes include crafts, stories, songs and snacks.  Dress for the weather, as each class has an outdoor adventure. Child must be age 3 by the first class. Pre-registration required.

     

    • April 07, 2017
    • June 17, 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Ecology Center

    Parents! Need a night on the town? Short on a sitter? Let the Ecology Center staff give your kids a fun-filled Friday night. A night of nature-themed activities will include a snack, games, animal encounters and more. Enjoy dinner at home and then come join us at the Ecology Center.  Pre-registration is required; no drop-ins. Late fees for pick-up will apply. May 20 program is at the Levy Center.

     

    • April 10, 2017
    • May 15, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    We will help you on your path to Eagle. We offer a mix of required and elective badges each season. Books and supplies will be provided. Participants must obtain their blue cards before coming to the class. April 10-17: Environmental Science; May 8-15: Forestry

     

    • April 11, 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • May 23, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    The junior naturalists of Evanston will engage in a citizen-science action-oriented adventure at the Ecology Center exploring different parts of our urban ecosystem. Some of the topics we will be working on will be canal ecology, plant and animal identification, biodiversity and lots of other fun and adventurous topics. 

    • April 13, 2017
    • May 11, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Discover the wonder of science through hands-on activities and games in this drop off program. This session we will learn about endangered species from around the world. Each session we will discuss a variety of our favorite animals and what we can do to help them. Complete all three sessions and earn the Endangered Species Badge.

     

    • April 14, 2017
    • May 12, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Join Sara Squirrel for story time each month as she reads different books aloud about her forest friends.  Stories will be read in front of the fireplace and followed by a craft and a nature walk. Each month Sara will have a different theme and a different book so make sure you come to all! Pre-registration is recommended. Drop-ins welcome until class is full.

     

    • April 28, 2017
    • August 26, 2017
    • 10 sessions
    • Lighthouse Beach Fire Circle, Sheridan Road at Central Street behind the Harley Clark Mansion

    Join the Ecology Center staff for fun-filled campfires with nature themes. Each evening includes stories, songs and the ever-popular s’mores! Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Themes by month:  April ~ Stars; May ~ Planets; June ~ New Moon; July ~ Skunks; August ~ Opossums.

     

    • May 01, 2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • May 05, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Celebrate Screen Free Week with self-guided outdoor exploration, experiments, games, and crafts. Participants will break away from technology to explore the joy that comes from hands on experiences with science and nature.

     

    • May 06, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Citizen Scientists, join us to study the health of the North Shore Canal. We will explore how healthy our backyard habitat is through biological and chemical tests of water in the canal. We will explore what impacts the overall health of the canal and what we can do to help it improve.

     

    • May 06, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • September 30, 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Lovelace Park Pond; Gross Poit Road at Thayer Street

    This popular free program is a great way to introduce children age 4 years and up to the “catch-and release” process. Equipment, bait and fishing expertise are provided! Drop by every Saturday, May 6 through Sept. 30, from 10am–1pm, at Lovelace Park, Gross Point Rd. at Thayer St. Kids under age 16 years don’t need a license, but must be accompanied by an adult.

     

    • May 13, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Experience the wonder and magic of bubbles at the Ecology Center. Learn about how bubbles form, participate in hands-on bubble experiments, and play outside with giant bubbles. Participants will even get to make their very own bubble wand to take home.

     

    • May 14, 2017
    • July 01, 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Join us for our popular canoe trips on the canal. No canoeing experience is necessary. Basic canoe instruction and safety is covered before heading out. Register by phone or in person at the Ecology Center only. Program is held unless there is lightning; dress appropriately. May: Mother's Day; June: Father's Day; July: 4th of July

     

    • May 20, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
    To REGISTER AND PAY FOR YOUR EVANSTON GREEN BALL SPONSORSHIP, follow these steps:
    1. Click on the "Register" button on this page.
    2. On the next screen,
      1. Enter your email address and the security code (if displayed).
      2. Click on the "Next" button.
    3. On the "Choose registration type" screen,
      1. Ignore the option to login.  (It displays for EEA members only.) 
      2. Select the desired sponsorship level.
      3. Click on the "Next" button.
    4. On the "Enter registration information" screen,
      1. Enter your personal information.
      2. Enter the Sponsor Organization information.
      3. Click on the "Next" button.
    5. On the "Review and confirm" screen,
      1. Review all of the displayed information. Scroll down to see it all. Correct any errors.
      2. Click "Pay online" to pay by credit card or using Paypal.
      3. Click “Invoice me” to be invoiced. Checks can be made out to “EEA”. Mail your check to: EGB Sponsorship, EEA, 2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston, IL 60201. PAYMENTS ARE DUE BY May 6, 2017.
    FOR MORE SPONSOR INFORMATION, click HERE, email greenball@evanstonenvironment.org or call (847) 448-8256.

    See you at the 2017 Evanston Green Ball!  

    • May 20, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston 60202
    A Green Ball ticket entitles its holder to free beer, food and entertainment. Wine can be purchased. To register & purchase tickets, follow these steps:
    1. Click the "Register" button on this page.
    2. On the next screen, 
      1. Enter your email address and the security code (if displayed).
      2. Click the "Next" button.
    3. On the "Choose registration type" screen,
      1. Ignore the option to login. (It only displays to EEA members.) 
      2. Select the ticket type you wish to purchase.
      3. Click the "Next" button.
    4. On the "Enter registration information" screen,
      1. Enter your First Name, Last Name, and How you heard about the Ball. (All mandatory fields)
      2. Select a wine ticket amount. (Optional)
      3. Select an EEA donation amount. (Optional)
      4. For each guest you are registering: click "Add Guest", enter guest data, and click "Done".
    5. Click on "Next", then review the "Review and confirm" screen. If correct, do the following:
      1. Click “Pay Online” to pay with a credit card or Paypal.
      2. Click “Invoice me” to be invoiced. Checks can be made out to “EEA”. The check can be mailed to: EGB Sponsorship, EEA, 2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston, IL 60201. PAYMENTS ARE DUE BY May 6, 2017. 

    For more information, click HERE, email greenball@evanstonenvironment.org or call (847) 448-8256.
    • June 03, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Independence Park, Central and Stewart

    Come buy the plants that come from the gardens of the members of the Highland Garden Club which are proven to grow in this area. We love to share our gardening knowledge and tips.

     

    • June 03, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Calling all experienced canoers. Go on a canoeing journey from the Ecology Center to Chicago with a stop for lunch before returning. Canoe experience required.

     

    • June 10, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • June 11, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • Lighthouse Beach

    Introduce your family to camping close to home by spending the night under the stars on Lighthouse Beach. We’ll have a campfire, stories, songs, s’mores and breakfast in the morning. Four-person tents are available upon request for an additional fee. In case of severe weather, the program will be canceled. Please note: swimming will not be allowed at any time.

     

    • June 14, 2017
    • August 02, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Lighthouse Beach

    Come join us for yoga at Lighthouse Beach. We will be offering different levels of instruction to match your yoga needs. Please bring your own yoga towel or beach mat.

     

    • June 16, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • August 25, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Join us every Friday from June 16–August 25, 2017 from 9–11am for self-guided free play and exploration of the Ecology Center in our new classroom. Our animal classroom is the perfect meeting location for your next play date or day out. Visit our critters, peruse our nature stories and get hands on with our natural play materials.

     

    • June 21, 2017
    • August 23, 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Join the critters of the Ecology Center for a picnic lunch in the Ladd Arboretum. We will learn about what our animals like to eat for lunch and how they avoid being lunch. Please bring your own nut free lunch.

     

    • June 25, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Gardens Throughout Evanston, IL
    Registration is closed
    To REGISTER AND PURCHASE GARDEN WALK TICKETS, follow these steps:
    1. Click on the "Register" button on this page.
    2. On the next screen, enter your email address and the displayed security code, then click on the "Next" button. NOTE: EEA members should enter the email address on record with the EEA to receive a $5 discount on individual tickets.
    3. On the "Choose Registration Type" screen,
      1. Select the ticket type you wish to purchase.
      2. EEA MEMBERS.  If you are an EEA member, you can ignore the message asking if you would like to log in to auto-fill your contact information.
      3. Click on the "Next" button.
    4. On the "Enter Registration Information" screen,
      1. Enter your First Name and Last Name.
      2. Click on the "Add Guest" button to enter the first guest's data - First Name, Last Name, and Email Address. Then click "Done".  Repeat for additional guests. 
      3. When all guests are entered, click "Next".
    5. Then review all the data on the "Review and confirm" screen.  If the data is correct, click on "Pay Online" to use Paypal screens to pay by credit card or Paypal. Follow the Paypal screen instructions to complete your transaction.

    For more information, click HERE, email gardenwalk@evanstonenvironment.org or call (847) 448-8256.

    • July 08, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lovelace Park, Gross Point at Thayer Street

    Come to Lovelace Park for a fishing derby at Lovelace Pond. We will be holding the derby in conjunction with our weekly free access to fishing program. We will have a limited amount of poles and bait available for those that need them. Come catch some fish and win a variety of prizes in this free program for the whole family. People age 16 and older must have an Illinois fishing license if they are participating in the fishing derby.

     

    • July 15, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Let’s find inspiration in the natural world, and use natural materials to make works of art. Drop your child off with us and we will help let their creativity shine by joining us for arts and crafts using leaves, sticks, rocks, and much more.

     

    • July 22, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Lighthouse Beach

    Discover the ecological treasures of Lighthouse Beach in this pirate themed scavenger hunt through the dunes. Join us for stories and s’mores by the fire after you solve all the clues. Pirate customs encouraged. Caregiver required to register with child.

     

    • July 29, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Celebrate summer at the Ecology Center’s Pollinator Festival. Ecology Center staff will be joined by community partners to increase awareness of the importance of pollinators. Festivities will include live butterflies, pollinator activities, guided tours of the pollinator garden and information about how you can help pollinator populations from local experts.

     

    • August 05, 2017
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Bring a blanket to the Ladd Arboretum to watch a movie in the great outdoors. We will be showing Dr. Seuss’ The Lorx, a movie about a creature who speaks for the trees and a boy trying to bring nature back to his town. The movie will begin promptly at dusk with activities and nature play beforehand.

     

    • August 19, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Join us for a paddle and lunch at Steak ‘n Shake. We’ll start at the Ecology Center with safety and canoe instruction, then head south to the Steak ‘n Shake on Oakton St., have lunch, rest and return to the Ecology Center full and happy. Maximum 2 adults and 2 children in one canoe. Please register by phone or in person at the Ecology Center only. Fee doesn’t include cost of meal. Program is held rain or shine, please dress for the weather.

     

Past events

April 22, 2017 Earth Day
April 15, 2017 Arboretum Egg Hunt
April 08, 2017 Seed Starting
March 21, 2017 After-school Animals
March 20, 2017 Before the Flood
March 18, 2017 Wild Weekends
February 25, 2017 Owl Prowl
February 24, 2017 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Fest - February 24
February 17, 2017 Day Off School Camp
February 10, 2017 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Fest - February 10
February 07, 2017 Constellation Quest
February 04, 2017 Home Brewing
January 28, 2017 Tracking
January 23, 2017 Boy Scout Merit Badge
January 21, 2017 Squirrel Appreciation Day
January 20, 2017 Squirrel Tales
January 19, 2017 Tiny Trekkers
January 18, 2017 Fireside Yoga
January 17, 2017 Nature Play Date
January 14, 2017 Owl Nest Boxes
January 13, 2017 Night Hikes
January 12, 2017 Small Fry Science
January 11, 2017 Naure Pals
December 27, 2016 EcoFreeze Extended
December 27, 2016 EcoFreeze Mini Camp
December 16, 2016 Eco Center Sitters
November 18, 2016 Eco Center Sitters
November 18, 2016 Squirrel Tales
November 11, 2016 Night Hikes
November 11, 2016 Day Off School Camp
November 09, 2016 Small Fry Science
November 08, 2016 Boy Scout Merit Badges
November 05, 2016 Family Campfires
November 04, 2016 Family Campfires
October 29, 2016 The Big Gross Out
October 29, 2016 Fall Festival at the Downtown Farmers' Market
October 28, 2016 Eco Center Sitters
October 22, 2016 Bug-A-Boo
October 22, 2016 Bug-A-Boo
October 22, 2016 Bug-A-Boo
October 22, 2016 Bug-A-Boo
October 22, 2016 Bug-A-Boo
October 22, 2016 Zombie Scramble
October 15, 2016 Evanston Big Draw at the Ecology Center
October 14, 2016 Night Hikes
October 14, 2016 Squirrel Tales
October 12, 2016 Small Fry Science
October 11, 2016 Boy Scout Merit Badges
October 08, 2016 Family Campfires
October 07, 2016 Family Campfires
October 04, 2016 World Animal Day
October 03, 2016 Day Off School Camp
October 01, 2016 Canoe the Canal
September 30, 2016 Eco Center Sitters
September 25, 2016 Bike the Ridge
September 24, 2016 Harvest Celebration - Truck to Table
September 24, 2016 Shelter Building
September 23, 2016 Night Hikes
September 22, 2016 Tiny Trekkers
September 16, 2016 Squirrel Tales
September 14, 2016 Fireside Yoga - Multi.
September 14, 2016 Fireside Yoga - Beginning
September 14, 2016 Small Fry Science
September 14, 2016 Nature Pals - Fall Changes
September 13, 2016 Boy Scout Merit Badges
September 10, 2016 Family Campfires
September 09, 2016 Family Campfires
September 03, 2016 Canoe the Canal
August 20, 2016 Canoe to Steak 'N Shake
August 14, 2016 Evanston Green Living Festival at Streets Alive
August 06, 2016 Bats
July 30, 2016 Pollinator Festival
July 23, 2016 Treasure Hunt
July 09, 2016 Home Brewing
July 09, 2016 Youth Fishing Derby
July 02, 2016 Canoe the Canal
June 26, 2016 2016 Evanston Garden Walk
June 25, 2016 Bubble Science
June 24, 2016 Lunch and Learn
June 18, 2016 Family Campout
June 17, 2016 Night Hike
June 11, 2016 Nature Artists
June 10, 2016 Ecology Open House
June 04, 2016 Evanston's Highland Garden Club 7th Annual Backyard Botanical Plant Sale
June 03, 2016 Family Campfires
June 01, 2016 Lighthouse Beach Yoga
May 13, 2016 2016 Evanston Green Ball - Tickets
May 13, 2016 2016 Evanston Green Ball - Sponsors
May 07, 2016 Free Access to Fishing
April 29, 2016 Family Campfires
April 28, 2016 Livable Landscapes
April 23, 2016 Seed Starting
April 22, 2016 Eco Center Sitters
April 18, 2016 Arboretum Adventures (6 sessions)
April 15, 2016 Bugs
April 15, 2016 Squirrel Tales
April 14, 2016 Small Fry Science
April 14, 2016 Tiny Trekkers (6 sessions)
April 13, 2016 Spring Ecology (6 sessions)
April 12, 2016 Boy Scout Merit Badges (2 Sessions)
April 08, 2016 Night Hikes
April 06, 2016 Fireside Yoga - Multi level (8 sessions)
April 06, 2016 Fireside Yoga - Beginning (8 sessions)
April 06, 2016 Nature Pals (8 sessions)
March 28, 2016 Ecology Spring Break Post-Camp Care (5 days)
March 28, 2016 Ecology Spring Break Camp: Survive in the Great Outdoors (5 days)
March 26, 2016 Arboretum Egg Hunt (4 start times on 3/26)
March 21, 2016 After-School Animals
March 19, 2016 Shelter Building
March 18, 2016 Howl at the Moon
March 18, 2016 Squirrel Tales
March 14, 2016 After-School Animals
March 11, 2016 Eco Center Sitters
March 10, 2016 Small Fry Science
March 08, 2016 Boy Scout Merit Badges (2 sessions)
March 07, 2016 After-School Animals
March 05, 2016 Terrariums
March 03, 2016 Get Out and Grow Veggies (4 sessions)
June 28, 2015 2015 Evanston Garden Walk
May 29, 2015 2015 Evanston Green Ball - Sponsors
May 29, 2015 2015 Evanston Green Ball - Tickets
February 20, 2015 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Fest - Feb. 20
February 06, 2015 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Fest - February 6
September 27, 2014 2014 Evanston Green Living Festival Sponsors & Exhibitors Registration
June 29, 2014 2014 Evanston Garden Walk
May 30, 2014 2014 Evanston Green Ball
February 21, 2014 Green Film Fest Feb. 21
February 07, 2014 Green Film Fest Feb. 7

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