World Environment Day

Schedule for Saturday, June 6, 2015

There are activities for all ages taking place throughout the Garden, from a keynote presentation to ongoing demonstrations and displays. Select programs marked with a family-friendly symbol (Family Friendly Activity) are designed with younger children (10 years and under) in mind.

Continuous shuttle service is provided throughout the day from the Visitor Center to the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center. Visitors can ride the tram (fee applies) that includes a stop at the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden.

PHOTO: Kids making prints at the Openlands booth on the Esplanade.

Throughout the Day


Demonstrations & Activities

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ask the Horticulturist: Green Roofs
Plant Science Center, Green Roof Garden

How to Create a Rain Garden
Plant Science Center, Rainwater Glen

Meet the Scientist Carts Family Friendly Activity

  • Discoveries in the Dirt
  • Plants of Concern
  • Native Spider Identification
  • Prairie Enhancement and Management
  • Mushroom Identification
  • Bee Smart: Chicago's Native Bees
  • Orchids and Their Pollinators

Grainger Gallery Lab Demonstrations

  • Abbott Ecology Lab
  • Nancy Poole Rich Herbarium
  • Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank Preparation Laboratory and Seed Bank
  • Harris Family Foundation Plant Genetics Laboratory

Grainger Gallery Displays

  • Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership
  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program

Grainger Gallery Plant Giveaway

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) 


Demonstrations & Activities

Butterfly Gardening
Best Tools and Their Care
Best Planting and Mulching Practices
Ecofriendly Lawn Care
Ecofriendly Rose Care
Organic Vegetable Gardening
Successful Composting
Water-wise Gardening Tips
Houseplants for Healthier Homes
Ecofriendly Pest Management


Displays Family Friendly Activity

  • Bartlett Tree Experts 
  • Baxter Healthcare Corporation 
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • UL LLC
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County
  • US EPA — Protecting Your Water 
  • The Geographic Society of Chicago 
  • Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago 
  • Little Garden Club of Wilmette — Pocket Prairie Gardens
  • Animalia Project
  • Heller Nature Center


Demonstrations & Activities

Plant Giveaway: 'White Cherry' Heirloom Tomato seedling Family Friendly Activity
What's the Current Buzz with Bees?
Organic Wine Tasting — Bonterra Organic Vineyards


Demonstrations & Activities Family Friendly Activity

Super Seeds and additional planting activities
Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden

Insects and Macroinvertebrates
Kleinman Family Cove

Powerful Pollinators

Stick Sculptures

Regenstein Center

Farmers’ Market Stand
Windy City Harvest

Lenhardt Library Display
Butterflies and Pollinators, Climate Change & More
Lenhardt Library

The Hidden Beauty of Moths
Joutras Gallery