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Ecology Center

The Evanston Ecology Center, a facility operated by the City of Evanston, was built on the grounds of the Ladd Arboretum in 1974 and serves as a focal point for environmental education and volunteerism in Evanston and the surrounding community.


The Ecology Center's mission is to offer educational programs to local residents that will foster a greater appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the environment. The offerings of the Center range from introductory natural history classes covering areas such as plant identification and animal study, to popular summer camps that engage kids in environmentally focused outdoor activities. For more information on Ecology Center programs, click HERE.


A dedicated City of Evanston staff is responsible for the Center's educational programs and day-to-day operations. To see a list of the current staff members and their positions, click HERE.


The Ecology Center houses a large multi-purpose room, a classroom, and a staff office. The large multi-purpose room and classroom are used by the Ecology Center staff for environmental programming but can also be rented out by the public for meetings, functions and other events. For more details on the rental of these rooms, click HERE.

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