Calendar

    • June 12, 2020
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • August 21, 2020
    • 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • 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 month for a different theme. Caregiver required. Pre-registration encouraged, drop-ins welcome, please call for availability, 847-448-8256.        June 12                                                                                                                               July 17                                                                                                                                           August 21

    • June 19, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • August 22, 2020
    • 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Fire Circle at Lighthouse Beach

    Family Campfires - 123104

    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.         June 19 and June 20 ~ Summer Solstice                                                                                             July 17 and July 18 ~ Bats                                                                                                         August 21 and August 22 ~ Singing Insects

    • June 21, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • August 23, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Urban Farming Workshop - 123127

    Join Ecology Center staff on our urban farming demonstration site, the "farmette," as we workshop a series of different small-scale food production methods throughout the growing season. Take home some ideas for your home garden or get inspired to start your own urban farm. This class is intended for beginners and will cover topics related to food production and biodiverse gardening.                 June 21 ~ Weeding                                                                                                                               July 19 ~ Pest Control                                                                                                                               August 23 ~ Harvest


    • June 26, 2020
    • 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • August 28, 2020
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Lunch and Learn - 122131

    Join the critters of the Evanston 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 26                                                                                                                                    July 24                                                                                                                                       August 28


    • June 26, 2020
    • 7:30 PM (CDT)
    • August 28, 2020
    • 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Night Hike - 123112

    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.                                             June 26 ~7:30-9pm                                                                                                                   July 24 ~ 7:30-9pm                                                                                                                        August 28 ~ 7:30-9pm


    • June 28, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • August 30, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Harbert Park

    Play Forest - 123128

    In this play-based class, kids can make new friends, explore, build forts, climb, swing, and play in nature under experienced adult supervision. Spending time with new friends in nature, kids will build a world of memories and stories, and build a life long relationship with nature.                        June 28                                                                                                                                              July 26                                                                                                                                                August 30


    • August 08, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Lighthouse Beach

    Treasure Hunt - 122134

    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.


    • August 15, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Shelter Building - 123126

    Come to the Ecology Center to learn and practice your shelter building skills. We’ll be using branches, leaves and other natural materials to build shelters for survival and fun. This is a drop-off program.


    • August 29, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Evanston Ecology Center

    Art in Nature - 122137

    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.


Past events

July 25, 2020 Moths
July 11, 2020 Lake Appreciation Day
June 27, 2020 Canal Critters
June 21, 2020 Canoeing
June 19, 2020 2020 Wild & Scenic Film Fest - June 19 thru June 23
June 17, 2020 Lighthouse Beach Yoga
June 13, 2020 Learn to Canoe
June 06, 2020 Bubble Science
May 30, 2020 Wild Weekends
May 30, 2020 Family Fishing Basics
May 16, 2020 2020 Nature's Night Out - Sponsors
May 16, 2020 2020 Nature's Night Out - Tickets
May 12, 2020 Container Gardening
May 12, 2020 Garden Club
May 09, 2020 Canoeing ~ Spring
May 02, 2020 Bird Watching Basics
April 26, 2020 Play Forest ~ Spring
April 25, 2020 Make a Mosiac
April 19, 2020 Urban Farming Workshop ~ Spring
April 17, 2020 Family Campfire ~ Spring
April 16, 2020 Saplings and Oaks
April 15, 2020 Fireside Yoga
April 11, 2020 Arboretum Egg Hunt
April 06, 2020 Ecology Spring Break Camp
April 04, 2020 Natural Egg Dyeing
March 22, 2020 World Water Day
March 21, 2020 Eco Life Hacks
March 20, 2020 Night Hike ~Spring
March 19, 2020 Afterschool Stem
March 17, 2020 Afterschool Animals
March 16, 2020 Boy Scout Merit Badge
March 14, 2020 Scout Saturdays
March 13, 2020 Nature Play Date ~ Spring
March 07, 2020 Terrariums
February 29, 2020 Tracking
February 28, 2020 2020 Wild & Scenic Film Fest - February 28
February 28, 2020 Squirrel Tales
February 22, 2020 Owl Prowl
February 17, 2020 Day Off School Camp
February 14, 2020 Day Off School Camp
February 12, 2020 Afterschool STEM
February 10, 2020 Boy Scout Merit Badges
February 08, 2020 Night Hike
February 07, 2020 Nature Play Date
February 04, 2020 Nature Poets
February 01, 2020 Candle Making
January 31, 2020 Squirrel Tales
January 25, 2020 Nature Poetry
January 21, 2020 Lunar Eclipse
January 18, 2020 Worm Bins
January 16, 2020 Saplings and Oaks
January 16, 2020 Saplings and Oaks
January 15, 2020 Fireside Yoga
January 15, 2020 Fireside Yoga
January 15, 2020 Afterschool STEM
January 13, 2020 Boy Scout Merit Badges
January 11, 2020 Night Hike
January 10, 2020 Nature Play Date
December 26, 2019 Winter Break Camp
December 14, 2019 Shelter Building
December 11, 2019 Afterschool STEM
December 09, 2019 Boy Scout Merit Badges
December 07, 2019 Night Hike
December 06, 2019 Nature Play Date
December 05, 2019 Evergreen Wreaths
December 04, 2019 Winter Container Gardening
November 15, 2019 Night Hike
November 14, 2019 Afterschool STEM
November 11, 2019 Day Off School
November 09, 2019 Homebrewing
November 08, 2019 Nature Play Date
October 26, 2019 Bug A Boo
October 19, 2019 Family Campfire
October 18, 2019 Family Campfire
October 17, 2019 Afterschool STEM
October 14, 2019 Boy Scout Merit Badge
October 12, 2019 Fall Leaves
October 11, 2019 Nature Play Date
October 09, 2019 Day Off School
October 04, 2019 Night Hike
September 30, 2019 Day Off School
September 28, 2019 The Big Gross Out
September 27, 2019 Astronomy Night
September 21, 2019 Family Campfires
September 20, 2019 Family Campfire
September 20, 2019 Apiary Tour
September 19, 2019 Afterschool STEM
September 19, 2019 Saplings and Oaks
September 16, 2019 Boy Scout Merit Badge
September 13, 2019 Apiary Tour
September 13, 2019 Nature Play Date
September 11, 2019 Fireside Yoga
September 10, 2019 Outdoor Explorers
August 31, 2019 Family Campfire
August 30, 2019 Family Campfire
August 24, 2019 Night Hike
August 23, 2019 Lunch and Learn
August 09, 2019 Moths
August 09, 2019 Nature Play Date
August 05, 2019 Summer Summit: Adventure Evanston
July 27, 2019 Treasure Hunt
July 26, 2019 Lunch and Learn
July 22, 2019 EcoTravelers Camp ~ Session 4 ~ Tropical and Deciduous Forests
July 22, 2019 Wildflower Camp ~ Session 4 ~ While I'm Sleeping
July 22, 2019 Ecoquest Camp ~ Session 4 ~ Decomposers
July 20, 2019 Family Campfire
July 19, 2019 Family Campfire
July 13, 2019 Art in Nature
July 12, 2019 Night Hike
July 12, 2019 Nature Play Date
July 08, 2019 Ecology Counselor in Training
July 08, 2019 Wildflower Camp ~ Session 3 ~ Tracking
July 08, 2019 EcoQuest Camp ~ Session 3 ~ Herbivores
July 08, 2019 EcoTravelers Camp ~ Session 3 ~ Oceans and Lakes
July 08, 2019 EcoExplorer Camp ~ Session 2 ~ Restoration
July 06, 2019 Lake Appreciation Day
June 29, 2019 Family Campfire
June 29, 2019 Apiary Tours
June 28, 2019 Family Campfire
June 28, 2019 Lunch and Learn
June 24, 2019 EcoTravelers Camp ~ Session 2 ~ Desert and Tundra
June 24, 2019 Eco Quest Camp ~ Session 2 ~ Omnivores
June 24, 2019 Wildflower Camp ~ Session 2 ~ Trees are Terrific
June 23, 2019 2019 Evanston Garden Walk
June 22, 2019 Dirt Day
June 21, 2019 Nature Play Date
June 15, 2019 Family Campout
June 14, 2019 Night Hike
June 12, 2019 Lighthouse Beach Yoga
June 12, 2019 Lighthouse Beach Yoga
June 10, 2019 Wildflower Camp ~ Session 1 ~ Birds of a Feather
June 10, 2019 Eco Quest ~ Session 1 ~ Carnivores
June 10, 2019 EcoTravelers Camp ~ Session 1 ~ Alpine and Isles
June 10, 2019 EcoExplorer Camp ~ Session 1 ~ Sustainability
June 10, 2019 Ecology Counselor in Training
June 01, 2019 Bubble Science
May 31, 2019 Night Hike
May 25, 2019 Family Campfire
May 24, 2019 Family Campfire
May 17, 2019 2019 Nature's Night Out - Tickets
May 17, 2019 2019 Nature's Night Out - Sponsors
May 17, 2019 Apiary Tour - 2019 Nature's Night Out
May 14, 2019 Container Gardening
May 11, 2019 Wild Weekends
May 10, 2019 Nature Play Date
May 09, 2019 After-School STEM
May 08, 2019 Garden Club
May 06, 2019 Boy Scout Merit Badge ~ Weather
May 04, 2019 Apiary Tours
April 27, 2019 Family Campfire
April 26, 2019 Family Campfire
April 24, 2019 After-School Animals
April 17, 2019 After-School Animals
April 13, 2019 Bird Watching Basics
April 12, 2019 Night Hike
April 12, 2019 Nature Play Date
April 11, 2019 After-School STEM
April 10, 2019 After-School Animals
April 08, 2019 Boy Scout Merit Badge ~ Environmental Science
April 06, 2019 Scout Saturdays
April 06, 2019 Scout Saturdays
April 04, 2019 Tiny Trekkers
April 03, 2019 Fireside Yoga
April 03, 2019 Fireside Yoga
April 02, 2019 Nature Pals
March 25, 2019 Spring Break Camp
March 23, 2019 Shelter Building
March 22, 2019 Night Hike
March 16, 2019 Scout Saturdays
March 16, 2019 Scout Saturdays
March 15, 2019 Nature Play Date
March 14, 2019 After-School STEM
March 11, 2019 Boy Scout Merit Badge ~ Citizenship in the World
March 09, 2019 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Fest - March 9
March 08, 2019 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Fest - March 8
March 02, 2019 Terrariums
February 23, 2019 Owl Prowl
February 22, 2019 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Fest - February 22
February 22, 2019 Squirrel Tales
February 18, 2019 Day Off School
February 16, 2019 Tracking
February 15, 2019 Day Off School
February 13, 2019 Afterschool STEM
February 09, 2019 Night Hike
February 08, 2019 Nature Play Date
February 05, 2019 Constellation Quest
February 04, 2019 Boy Scout Merit Badges
January 26, 2019 Candle Making
January 25, 2019 Nature Poetry
January 19, 2019 Lunar Eclipse
January 18, 2019 Squirrel Tales
January 17, 2019 Tiny Trekkers
January 16, 2019 Fireside Yoga
January 16, 2019 Fireside Yoga
January 16, 2019 Afterschool STEM
January 15, 2019 Nature Pals
January 12, 2019 Night Hike
January 11, 2019 Nature Play Date
January 07, 2019 Boy Scout Merit Badges
December 31, 2018 Ecology Winter Break Aftercare
December 31, 2018 Ecology Winter Break Camp
December 26, 2018 Ecology Winter Break Aftercare
December 26, 2018 Ecology Winter Break Camp
December 15, 2018 Natural Holiday Decorations
December 14, 2018 Squirrel Tales
December 12, 2018 Afterschool Stem
December 10, 2018 Boy Scout Merit Badges
December 08, 2018 Night Hike
December 07, 2018 Nature Play Date
December 06, 2018 Winter Container Garden
December 05, 2018 Evergreen Wreaths
November 15, 2018 Afterschool Animals
November 14, 2018 Afterschool STEM
November 10, 2018 The Big Gross Out
November 09, 2018 Squirrel Tales
November 08, 2018 Afterschool Animals
November 03, 2018 Wild Weekends
November 02, 2018 Night Hike
November 02, 2018 Nature Play Date
November 01, 2018 Afterschool Animals
October 27, 2018 Bug A Boo
October 17, 2018 Afterschool STEM
October 15, 2018 Boy Scout Merit Badge
October 13, 2018 Fall Leaves
October 12, 2018 Night Hike
October 12, 2018 Squirrel Tales
October 06, 2018 Family Campfire
October 05, 2018 Family Campfire
September 29, 2018 Astronomy Night
September 28, 2018 Nature Play Date
September 26, 2018 Afterschool STEM
September 26, 2018 Apiary Tour
September 22, 2018 Family Campfire
September 21, 2018 Family Campfire
September 20, 2018 Tiny Trekkers
September 19, 2018 Apiary Tour
September 19, 2018 Day Off School Camp
September 18, 2018 Nature Pals
September 17, 2018 Boy Scout Merit Badge
September 16, 2018 Canoe the Canal
September 15, 2018 Home Brewing
September 15, 2018 Skulls, Fur and Bones
September 14, 2018 Night Hike
September 14, 2018 Squirrel Tales
September 12, 2018 Fireside Yoga
September 12, 2018 Fireside Yoga
September 12, 2018 Apiary Tour
September 11, 2018 Garden Club
September 09, 2018 2018 Evanston Green Living Festival at Streets Alive
September 06, 2018 Outdoor Explorers
September 05, 2018 Apiary Tour
September 01, 2018 Canoe the Canal
June 24, 2018 2018 Evanston Garden Walk
May 18, 2018 2018 Nature's Night Out - Tickets
May 18, 2018 2018 Nature's Night Out - Sponsors
May 18, 2018 Apiary Tours - 2018 Nature's Night Out
March 16, 2018 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Fest - March 16
March 02, 2018 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Fest - March 2
February 24, 2018 Worm Bins
February 17, 2018 Love Hike
February 10, 2018 Terrariums
February 06, 2018 Constellation Quest
February 03, 2018 Home Brewing
January 27, 2018 Tracking
January 20, 2018 Owl Nest Boxes
January 19, 2018 Wild Weekends
January 18, 2018 Tiny Trekkers
January 16, 2018 Nature Pals
January 12, 2018 Squirrel Tales
January 06, 2018 Indoor Farmers' Market
December 16, 2017 Natural Holiday Decorations
December 15, 2017 Nature Play Date
December 09, 2017 Kids Nature Movie Night
December 08, 2017 Night Hikes
December 07, 2017 Afterschool STEM
December 04, 2017 Boy Scout Merit Badges
December 02, 2017 Shelter Building
November 29, 2017 Winter Container Garden
November 18, 2017 Wild Weekends
November 11, 2017 The Big Gross Out
November 07, 2017 Afterschool Animals
November 06, 2017 Boy Scout Merit Badge
November 04, 2017 Astronomy Night
October 28, 2017 Bug A Boo
October 19, 2017 Squirrel Tales
October 13, 2017 Night Hikes
October 13, 2017 Nature Play Date
October 12, 2017 Afterschool STEM
October 09, 2017 Boy Scout Merit Badge
October 06, 2017 Kids Nature Movie Night
September 30, 2017 Homebrewing
September 29, 2017 Campfire
September 28, 2017 Tiny Trekkers
September 20, 2017 Nature Pals
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 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 - Sponsors
May 20, 2017 2017 Evanston Green Ball - Tickets
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 - Sponsors
May 13, 2016 2016 Evanston Green Ball - Tickets
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 - Tickets
May 29, 2015 2015 Evanston Green Ball - Sponsors
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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