World Environment Day

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Support your local planet:
a day to take action

Conservation is a big term that covers a lot of ground. That's why we set aside a full day for kids and adults to explore conservation and sustainability on World Environment Day.

It's a day to learn about topics large and small, from climate change to the importance of butterflies and pollinators.

The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center will be buzzing with science activities from the rooftop to the rain garden!

Get the big picture on climate change from Tom Skilling, WGN-TV's chief meteorologist; Nobel Peace Prize winner Don Wuebbles, Ph.D.; and the Garden's chief scientist, Gregory Mueller, Ph.D., in a keynote presentation at the Regenstein Center.

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Scott Hoffman Black of the Xerces Society presents a free lecture at 1 p.m.: "The Monarch Butterfly: How You Can Help Save This Iconic Species." THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

On the Esplanade and at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, you can ask our horticulturists, staff, and volunteer experts about our gardens—and about what's happening in yours.

Come for the day, have lunch at the Garden View Café, and then put what you've learned into practice at home!

The Day's Key Events

PHOTO: Spider.Learn at the Labs

Meet the scientists and check out plant science in action at the Plant Science Center, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Kids won't want to miss ecologist Jim Steffen's display about native spider identification and how spiders can be pollinators.) Learn more about prairie management and Chicago's native bees, and get a butterfly weed plant to grow in your garden to help support monarch butterflies.

Learn from Our Horticulturists

Meet the "horts," who will cover topics including organic vegetable gardening, water-wise gardening, butterfly gardening, ecofriendly lawn care, successful composting, and many more, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PHOTO: Horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg answers questions from visitors.

Learn at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden

PHOTO: 'White Cherry' heirloom tomato.Learn more about raising bees and take home a white cherry heirloom tomato seedling, too!

Learn from the Chefs

Nicole Pederson of Found Kitchen & Social House cooks with seasonal and locally grown produce at the Garden Chef Series, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden's open-air amphitheater.

PHOTO: A pile of GPS units waits for kids to use on a treasure hunt.Learn at Play

Family drop-in activities are ongoing, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Esplanade, the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden, and the Kleinman Family Cove.

Farmers' Market Stand

Our own Windy City Harvest sells fresh, organically grown produce harvested from our Fruit & Vegetable Garden and the farm's urban garden sites.

PHOTO: vintage computer cable.New this Year: Recycle Electronics and Recycle Plastic

Don't miss this opportunity to recycle a variety of consumer electronics and all those plastic pots and flats from your garden, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in parking lot 4.

View a list of accepted items for electronics recycling through Vintage Tech.

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