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World Environment Day Schedule

Saturday, June 6, 2015

There are activities for all ages taking place at World Environment Day!

From a keynote presentation to ongoing demonstrations and displays, enjoy a day of tips, tricks, and educational displays and activities throughout the Garden.

Continuous shuttle service is provided throughout the day from the Visitor Center to the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center. Programs marked with a Family Friendly Activity will be especially enjoyable for our younger visitors (kids 10 years and under).

PHOTO: a boy examines river water samples in an ice trayPHOTO: Learning about nature in the Grainger Gallery.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parking Lot 4

Electronics Recycling, Plastic Plant Container Recycling & Vase Drive (More info)

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Plant Science Center

Family Friendly Activity Plant Giveaway
Grainger Gallery
Learn about monarchs; take home a butterfly weed seedling (Asclepias tuberosa)

Ask the Horticulturist: Green Roofs with Jacob Burns
Green Roof Garden

"How to Create a Rain Garden" with Peter Nagle
Rainwater Glen

Meet the Scientists
Display Tables

  • Plants of Concern with Anna Braum
  • "Breadfruit, Anyone? Unusual Foods and Why They are Important" with Nyree Zerega
  • "Nocturnal Pollination" with Rick Overson and Dan Bruzzese
  • "Monarchs!" with Jessa Finch and Claire Ellwanger
  • Seeds of Success with Andrea Kramer and students
  • "Urban Ecology Up On The Roof" with Kelly Ksiazek
  • "Prairie Enhancement and Management" with Jim Jabcon

Lab Demonstrations
Plant Science Center Laboratories

Community Displays

Tom Skilling

1 p.m. Lecture
Climate and Weather Update

Special Guest in the Gallery: Tom Skilling
Meet WGN-TV chief meteorologist and Garden board member Tom Skilling as he talks about weather and climate change, and what the Garden is doing to mitigate these risks. (Free; pre-registration not required.)

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Family Friendly Activity Farmers' Market Stand

Family Friendly Activity Family Drop-in Activities
Plant Parts
Stick Sculptures

Horticulture Demonstrations

  • Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden with Nancy Clifton
  • Ecofriendly Lawn Care with Tom Tiddens
  • Water-wise Gardening Tips with Chris Beiser
  • Ecofriendly Rose Care with Tom Soulsby
  • Best Planting and Mulching Techniques with Dave Cantwell and Manuel Sanchez
  • Ecofriendly Pest Management with Tom Fritz
  • Native Plants for Home Landscapes with Tom Weaver

Special Performances: Esplanade

Family Friendly Activity The Dreamtree Shakers
11:30 a.m. at the Make It Better entertainment stage

Family Friendly Activity Layla Frankel
1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the Make It Better entertainment stage

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden

Family Friendly Activity Plant Giveaway
'Principe Borghese' heirloom tomato seedling

Family Friendly Activity Pollinator 411
"What's the Current Buzz with Bees?" with beekeeper Ann Stevens

Horticulture Demonstrations

  • Organic Vegetable Gardening with Lisa Hilgenberg
  • Flower and Pollinators: a Mutual Attraction with Yulisa Silva
  • Vermicomposting with Darius Jones
  • Composting for the Home Gardener with Brittany Calendo
  • Beneficial Insects with Sam Vergara
  • Raised Bed Gardening with Lily Baker
  • Floral Bouquets with Edibles with Fernando Orozco
  • Native Mason Bees with Thad Smith, Westside Bee Boyz
  • Backyard Chickens with Jennifer Murtoff, Home to Roost, LLC

Family Friendly Activity Family Drop-in Activities
Rainbow Garden Search
Marvelous Mud
Aquatic Birds (in the Native Plant Garden)

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Regenstein Center

Lenhardt Library Display
Sustainable Gardening and Agriculture

Current Exhibitions
Keep Growing: The Chicago Horticultural Society's 125th Anniversary
Joutras Gallery