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World Environment Day

Saturday, June 6, 2015
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 importance of food and urban agriculture to climate change.  

The Day's Key Events

Family Fun

Activities for kids

New this year: the Make It Better entertainment stage on the Esplanade will feature family-friendly performances at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Family drop-in activities are ongoing at the Esplanade, the Native Plant Garden, and the Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Kids can pick up a passport at our sponsors' display tables to answer questions and get their passports stamped!

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 Electronics and Plastic, and Bring a Vase to the Vase Drive!

Don't miss this opportunity to recycle a variety of consumer electronics and all those plastic pots and flats from your garden, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in parking lot 4. New this year: 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. Click here to download a list of items accepted for electronics recycling.

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. Topics include organic vegetable gardening, composting for the home gardener, beneficial insects, raised bed gardening, backyard chickens, native mason bees, and more. Find out the "buzz" about raising bees from beekeeper Ann Stevens, and take home an heirloom tomato 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

Tom Skilling

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. Tom Skilling will speak at 1 p.m. about climate and weather.

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.