Calendar

    • September 20, 2017
    • November 08, 2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Learn about the wonders of fall through stories, songs, nature activities and walks in the Ladd Arboretum. Children age two (accompanied by an adult) will enjoy using autumn as a tool for learning basic skills, such as numbers, letters, colors and more. Dress for the weather; we plan to venture outside each class.

    • September 28, 2017
    • November 02, 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    You and your preschooler (age 3-5) can become autumn adventurers! Explore the wonders of nature in autumn with the changing trees of the Ladd Arboretum. We’ll take a close look at the changing colors in the leaves and animal activities. Classes will include stories, song and snack. Child must be age 3 by the first class.


    • October 06, 2017
    • November 03, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Parents, enjoy a nighttime film or dinner while the kids have their own educational movie night! We’ll provide games, blankets, a popcorn snack, and a feature-length nature movie for your children to enjoy. This is an indoor drop off program and pajamas are encouraged but not required!

    • October 12, 2017
    • November 09, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Supplement your child’s STEM education in this afterschool drop-off program. Participants will progress from the large to the small, exploring scientific topics ranging from cells to weather systems. Activities will be hands-on and experimental to encourage curiosity.

    • October 13, 2017
    • November 10, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Schedule a play date with nature. You and your child will explore the wonders of the Ladd Arboretum through games, crafts, stories and outdoor play. This free-style play date allows your child to discover which activities they like best and go at their own pace. Come late or leave early if you please. Join us each week for a different theme. Caregiver required. Pre-registration encouraged, drop-ins welcome, please call for availability, 847-448-8256.

    • October 13, 2017
    • November 10, 2017
    • 2 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.


    • October 19, 2017
    • November 16, 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 are welcome until the class is full. Please call for availability.

    • October 28, 2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Join the Ecology Center staff for our annual Halloween event that will highlight the creatures that call the North Shore Channel home. Learn fun facts and amazing adaptations of animals that live right here in Evanston. You’ll meet these characters (costumed volunteers) outside as you travel around the Ladd Arboretum. After your adventure, you’ll enjoy activities and snacks at the Ecology Center. To avoid overcrowding or long waits, please pre-register for a specific start time. This is a family program, please register all attending family members including adults. This program lasts about 45 minutes.

    • November 04, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lighthouse Beach

    Turn your eyes to the sky and observe the stars with the Chicago Astronomical Society at Lighthouse Beach. Use telescopes and search for wonders of the night sky with experienced astronomers at this exciting event! Dress warmly and preserve your night vision by bringing red nightlights only. Rain date on November 11.

    • November 06, 2017
    • November 13, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    We will help you on your path to Eagle Scout. 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. Mammal Study

    • November 07, 2017
    • November 14, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Get connected to some of the Ecology Center’s resident critters. Participants will discover fun facts and get up close to a different animal each week. It’s the perfect afterschool opportunity for the animal lovers in your family. Pre-registration required.

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

    Nature is gross, but awesome. Investigate bugs under logs, dissect owl barf, and learn about animal scat (poop). Visit our worm farm and take home a bird poop painting. If you like to explore and get your hands dirty, this is the program for you.

    • November 18, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Gather at the Ecology Center for live animal presentations! We will be partnering with wildlife conservation organizations to teach the importance of these animals in the ecosystem and what we can do to protect them. Join us for the refreshments, animal activities and the animal presentation to make for a wild weekend.


    • November 29, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Evergreens will highlight an outdoor seasonal container garden. Learn basic floral design principles with Mary Jaminski, Community Garden Coordinator for the City of Evanston. You’ll learn how to create a garden of interest for the winter season. Fee includes a container and plants.

Past events

October 09, 2017 Boy Scout Merit Badge
September 30, 2017 Homebrewing
September 29, 2017 Campfire
September 17, 2017 Evanston Celebrates Drive Electric Week
September 10, 2017 Evanston Green Living Festival at Streets Alive
August 19, 2017 Canoe to Steak 'N Shake
August 05, 2017 Movie in the Arboretum
July 29, 2017 Pollinator Festival
July 22, 2017 Treasure Hunt
July 15, 2017 Nature Artists
July 08, 2017 Youth Fishing Derby
June 25, 2017 2017 Evanston Garden Walk
June 21, 2017 Lunch and Learn
June 16, 2017 Ecology Center Open House
June 14, 2017 Lighthouse Beach Yoga
June 10, 2017 Family Campout
June 03, 2017 All Day Canoe Trip
June 03, 2017 Backyard Botanical Plant Sale
May 20, 2017 2017 Evanston Green Ball - Tickets
May 20, 2017 2017 Evanston Green Ball - Sponsors
May 14, 2017 Canoe the Canal
May 13, 2017 Bubble Science
May 06, 2017 Free Access to Fishing
May 06, 2017 Canal Study
May 01, 2017 Screen Free Week
April 28, 2017 Family Campfire
April 22, 2017 Earth Day
April 15, 2017 Arboretum Egg Hunt
April 14, 2017 Squirrel Tales
April 13, 2017 Small Fry Science
April 11, 2017 Junior Naturalist
April 10, 2017 Boy Scout Merit Badge
April 08, 2017 Seed Starting
April 07, 2017 Eco Center Sitters
April 06, 2017 Tiny Trekkers
April 05, 2017 Fireside Yoga
April 05, 2017 Nature Pals
March 26, 2017 A Season in the Garden
March 24, 2017 Night Hike
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 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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