Learning about organic pest control: ladybugs!
Learning about herbs at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden.
A young girl learns about bees in the Plant Science Center.
Learn about monarch butterflies and take home a butterfly weed!
Learn about beekeeping on the Esplanade!
Take home fresh produce from our Farmers' Market.
Learn fascinating (and gross) facts about pollinators and plants!

This Year's Theme: Biodiversity

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free event*

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 tips for your own home.

View a full schedule of the day's events.

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Featured Highlights

World Environment Day Family Fun

Family Fun

Family drop-in activities are ongoing, and an entertainment stage will feature live family-friendly performances. Don't miss loads of free family fun and hands-on activities for children!

World Environment Day Recycling Events

Recycling Events

Bring plastic garden containers to recycle, flower vases for reuse, and unused or expired medication for disposal.

World Environment Day Experts

Free Film Screenings

See a 20-minute version of the documentary Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County, which spotlights all our Forest Preserves have to offer. Also, don't miss Chasing Ice, a revolutionary time-lapse film of the world’s changing glaciers. Special bonus: Tom Skilling will be taking questions after the Chasing Ice screening.

World Environment Day Food

Shop and Eat

Shop for fresh, organically grown produce from our own Windy City Harvest's farmers' market stand, purchase transplants to grow your own vegetables, and don't miss Garden Chef Series demonstrations.

World Environment Day Experts

Learn from the Experts

Find inspiration and answers from horticulturists, scientists, Windy City Harvest staff members, and outside experts who will cover a range topics including pollinators, gardening with native plants, food crops, ecofriendly lawn care, and more.

Plan your visit, and buy your parking in advance for faster entry.

*Admission is free for World Environment Day. Regular parking fees apply; Garden members park free every day.

World Environment Day is generously supported by

BaxterITWNorthshore University Health SystemUL