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World Environment Day

Saturday, June 4, 2016
11 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

Activities for kids

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 Fruit & Vegetable Garden.

Film Screening - Jens Jensen The Living Green
Saturday, June 4, 2016
10:30 a.m.
Free film; preregistration required; parking fees apply

See the award-winning documentary by Carey Lundin and Mark Frazel spotlighting the unsung life and legacy of Jens Jensen, early conservationist, a pioneering landscape architect, and one of America’s most influential urban designers. Director Carey Lundin introduces the film.

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.

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 Ann Stevens, and take home a pepper seedling.

Chef Cleetus Friedman of Fountainhead, The Bar on Buena, and The Northman, 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 prairie management, nocturnal pollination, breadfruit, and more, 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 water-wise gardening, attracting pollinators to your garden, ecofriendly lawn care and more. Ask our horticulturists, staff, and volunteer experts about our gardens—and about what's happening in yours.