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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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