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 backyard composting:

  • At the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, which will be buzzing with science activities from the rooftop to the rain garden.
  • At the Esplanade and at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, where you can ask our horticulturists, staff, and volunteer experts about our gardens—and about what’s happening in yours.
  • At the Regenstein Center,where you’ll get the big picture on climate change from a panel of some of Chicago’s most distinguished scientists in a keynote presentation.

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

The Day's Key Events

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.)

Learn from Our Horticulturists
Meet the “horts,” who will cover topics including water-wise gardening, butterfly gardening, ecofriendly lawn care, and many more, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Learn at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden
Meet three experts who walk the talk on composting, organic vegetable gardening, and raising bees, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take home a speckled Roman heirloom tomato seedling, too!

Learn from the Chefs
Chefs cook with locally grown produce at the Garden Chef Series, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden outdoor kitchen.

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

Recycle Plastic
Don’t miss this opportunity to recycle all those plastic pots and flats from your garden, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in parking lot 4.

Farmers' Market Stand
Our own Green Youth Farm sells fresh, organically grown produce harvested from our Fruit & Vegetable Garden and the farm's urban garden sites.