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World Environment Day

Saturday, June 4, 2016
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Support your local planet

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. Learn about topics large and small—from the global reach of our plant conservation scientists, to the environmental legacy of Jens Jensen, to how to garden sustainably. 

The Day's Key Events

Family Fun

An entertainment stage on the Esplanade will feature family-friendly performances. Family drop-in activities are ongoing at the Esplanade, the Native Plant Garden, and the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden.

Farmers' Market Stand

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

Recycle Plastic Pots and Bring a Vase to the Vase Drive!

Don't miss this opportunity to recycle all those plastic pots and flats from your garden, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in parking lot 4. Random Acts of Flowers will be collecting vases and containers that hold water as well as small baskets with liners to deliver arrangements to individuals in healthcare facilities.

Medication Takeback

Do your part for the environment. Bring unused prescription medicines to parking lot 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a medication takeback sponsored by NorthShore University HealthSystem. More info

Learn at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden

Be inspired by—and learn from—the Fruit & Vegetable Garden horticulturist, Windy City Harvest staff members, and outside experts. Find out the "buzz" about raising bees from beekeeper Jeanette Thornton-Schwab, learn how to raise backyard chickens, and take home a Costa Rican sweet pepper seedling.

Chef Cleetus Friedman of Caffè Baci cooks with seasonal and locally grown produce from our own Windy City Harvest program at the Garden Chef Series, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden's open-air amphitheater.

Learn at the Science Labs

Meet the scientists and check out plant science in action at the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center! Learn about the ecology and life cycle of moths, recovery efforts for the eastern prairie fringed orchid, plant exploration, and more; and get a butterfly weed plant to grow in your garden to help support monarch butterflies. Hear Tom Skilling, WGN-TV chief meteorologist give a climate and weather update at 1:30 p.m in Grainger Gallery.

Learn from our Horticulturists

Meet the "horts," who will cover topics including water-wise gardening, attracting pollinators to your garden, ecofriendly lawn care, using native plants in the landscape, and more. Ask our horticulturists, staff, and volunteer experts about our gardens—and about what's happening in yours.

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