- The Kane County Board Energy And Environmental Committee, Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources and Kane County Connects are teaming up for a “Countdown to Earth Day” series with the theme, “Invest in Our Planet.” Today’s essay, written by Kane County Resource Management Coordinator Ivy Klee, is the 13th in the series of 15 articles counting down to Earth Day 2022.
As we approach the end of Kane County’s Countdown to Earth Day, we hope that you will join us in getting involved locally to help preserve Kane County’s natural resources and assets.
There are many opportunities to invest some time in volunteering with a local organization, we hope this series has inspired you to try something new! Check out the events listed below with The Conservation Foundation, Kane County Forest Preserve District and more!
The Conservation Foundation is hosting its annual Earth Day Benefit, an event that is a critical source of funding for their important work to save nearby nature, protect the region’s vital waterways, and connect children of all ages to the wonders of the natural world.
Join in celebrating 50 years of conservation by checking out the virtually accessible silent auction! www.theconservationfoundation.org/event/earth-day-benefit-2022/
Rain Barrels And Compost Bins
Kane County and The Conservation Foundation are hosting a Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale Program through May 3! Purchase an affordable compost bin or rain barrel as a part of the program, and pick up your items from 2 pm to 6 pm Thursday, May 5, at Creek Bend Nature Center.
Please visit upcycle-products.com/il-programs/kc/.
Conservation Foundation Spring at The Farm
Kick off your spring season and summer family fun at Spring at the Dickson-Murst Farm! This free event features crafts for the kids, hay rides, barrel train rides, and live farm animals to pet while enjoying tasty vittles from the Country Kitchen and frosty treats from an ice cream truck.
Antique trucks and tractors will be on display and there will be farm demonstrations, as well as a corn box and play area for your youngsters. The event takes place from 10 am to 3 pm Sunday, May 1. www.theconservationfoundation.org/event/2022-spring-at-farm/
A River Flows Through It
Join TCF for “A River Flows Through It” Fox River presentation series final presentation for 2022: “Your Legacy on the Fox River: Actions for Today and Tomorrow”.
The event is FREE and takes place from 7 pm to 8 pm Wednesday, May 11. https://www.theconservationfoundation.org/event/fox-river-series-5/
Kane Forest Preserve Nature Programs
Kane County Forest Preserve District’s Public Nature Programs are ongoing throughout the year, with lots of fun ways to get kids, adults, and families involved.
Registration is required for all programming, unless otherwise noted, please see https://kaneforest.com/public-nature-programs?tab=65 for more all events. See below for two family-friendly programs featured for Earth Day!
International Dark Sky Week
Celebrate the earth and the skies above!
It’s both International Dark Sky Week AND Earth Day, and we’ve got stellar activities for all ages! With the user-friendly Globe at Night app, we’ll record data about the brightness of the night sky.
Find a star whose light left it the day you were born. Go on a night-sky scavenger hunt. Learn how to tell time with the Big Dipper. Create a nature-made bird feeder to take home and make moon craters. Enter our Draw-an-Alien contest.
With earthly and other-worldly activities, there will be a galaxy of fun for everyone! The event takes place from 7 pm to 8:30 pm Friday, April 22, at Creek Bend Nature Center / LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.
This event is FREE!
Plant a Tree With the Forest Preserve District
Celebrate Earth Day by planting trees with the Forest Preserve District!
The Forest Preserve District will have pre-dug holes. Simply plant the tree in the hole, water and mulch. It’s easy!
This event is perfect for individuals, families, scouts, or other groups. Plant as many trees as you like, but be sure to arrive at 9 am sharp!
You’ll plant trees until none or until the trees run out – whichever comes first. Groups of less than 10 do not need to register
Groups of 10 or more, please contact the Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s volunteer coordinator at 630-762-2741 or firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. This event will be held from 9 am to noon Saturday, April 23, at Elburn Forest Preserve (east side entrance), 1N750 Read St., Elburn and is FREE to attend.
For any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Ivy Klee, KleeIvy@co.kane.il.us
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