EARTH MONTH 2021

Peace As An Environmental Issue

The Sustainability Office in collaboration with the Environment Commission is happy to announce exciting events for EARTH MONTH!

Please join us!

EVENTDATE
Community CleanupApril 1-30
Garden Plastic Pots/Trays CollectionApril 1-30
Park Forest Library Virtual Lecture: "Milkweed to Monarchs"April 1
Recycle Art ExhibitApril 3-30
Seasons at Thorn Creek WoodsApril 10
UUCC Virtual Green Sanctuary Forum: "Green Hydrogen"April 11
EARTH DAY at Thorn Creek: AmphibiansApril 17
UUCC Virtual Service: "Peace and Environment"April 18
Prairie Sampler and Trail WorkdayApril 25


Please see below for more event details:

Community Cleanup: April 1 -30

Besides cleaning up your neighborhood block, please consider the following locations in Park Forest that are in need of some sprucing up:

Downtown Main Street

Downtown Park Forest

Central Park Wetlands

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Pick A Park!

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Garden Plastic Pots & Trays Collection: April 1-30

Do you have a lot of plastic pots that you use for gardening that you need to get rid of?

Give them new life! Recycle them in the collection box at Village Hall!

Park Forest Library Virtual Potpourri Kay MacNeil Lecture "Milkweed to Monarchs:" April 1, 10:30 AM-12 PM

Kay MacNeil shares what you can do to create a welcoming environment for monarch butterflies

Join virtually through the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86734297693?pwd=UG5GK21TOFE2a041cFpON0NQelRXZz09

Recycled Art Exhibit: April 3-30

Art exhibit created from recycled materials at Salon Artists Gallery (294 Main Street)

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 4 PM
  • Friday: 1:30 PM - 4 PM
  • Saturday: 12 PM - 4 PM
  • Closed Sunday, Monday & Thursday

Seasons at Thorn Creek Woods: April 10, 10:30 AM -12 PM

Discover the woods in a new way. Join naturalists to explore the woods and track seasonal changes throughout the year. Observe birds and insects, identify trees and flowers, follow tracks, and much more.

Meet in front of the nature center. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, a face mask, binoculars and a water bottle and be prepared to follow the social distancing protocol of 6 feet.

Registration required by Monday, March 15: 708.747.6320.

Participants should be able to walk 2 miles outdoors on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Trails can be wet, muddy, icy and snow covered. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should call 708.747.6320.

Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC) Virtual Green Sanctuary Forum: April 11, 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Join for a lively virtual forum on the potential of hydrogen as a green energy resource.

For more information on event details, please visit: https://www.uuccpf.org/

EARTH DAY at Thorn Creek: Amphibians: April 17, 2-4 PM

Join our Earth Day hike at 2 p.m. to explore woodland vernal ponds and wetlands while listening for the calls of the wetland inhabitants! Learn which frogs, toads and salamanders live in these woods and why water is so important to them.

Meet in front of the nature center. This event is sponsored by the Jim Marzuki Fund for Public Programming. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, a face mask, binoculars and a water bottle and be prepared to follow the social distancing protocol of 6 feet.

Registration required by Monday, April 12: 708.747.6320.

Participants should be able to walk 2 miles outdoors on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Trails can be wet, muddy and slippery. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should call 708.747.6320.

UUCC Virtual Service with Tom Nielson “Peace and Environment:" April 18, 10 AM

A virtual service by Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC) with Tom Nielson on "Peace and Environment."

For more information on event details, please visit: https://www.uuccpf.org/

Prairie Sampler and Trail Workday: April 25, 1-3 PM

Get down and dirty at our Thorn Creek workday.  Help repair boardwalks, maintain trails, or weed and nurture our prairie sampler and butterfly gardens. Bring gloves, favorite tools and dress for the weather.  Please bring your own hand sanitizer, face mask, binoculars, water bottle and be prepared to follow the social distancing of 6 feet. Trail work is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Trails can be wet, muddy and slippery.

Ages 13 – adult, children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; 9 participants maximum.  

Registration required by April 19: 708.747.6320

Trail work is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Trails can be wet, muddy and slippery. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should call 708.747.6320.

Happy Arbor Day!: April 30

Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree!