GLENCOE, Ill. (April 15, 2013) – Conservation is a big term that covers a lot of ground. That’s why the Chicago Botanic Garden set aside a full day to explore conservation and sustainability on World Environment Day, Saturday, June 1. Visitors will learn about topics large and small, from climate change to backyard composting. A natural place to begin is at the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, which will be buzzing with science activities from the Green Roof Garden to the Rainwater Glen. Bring your gardening questions to the Esplanade and Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, where you can ask our horticulturists and staff experts about how we maintain our gardens in a sustainable way—and about what’s happening in yours.
Don’t miss the keynote presentation in the Regenstein Center, where you’ll get the big picture on climate change from a panel of Chicago’s most distinguished scientists and a former NASA astronaut who served on four space shuttle missions, including the first after the Challenger accident.
Of course there’s lots to do for kids, too. Come for the day, have lunch at the Garden Café, and then put what you’ve learned into practice at home!
What do an astronaut, a garden, a zoo, and a planetarium all have in common? Join us for an inspiring discussion about planet Earth and climate change during “Spaceship Earth: The Fragility of Our Planet” at 10:30 a.m. in the Alsdorf Auditorium. The panel features Michelle Larson, Ph.D., president and CEO of Adler Planetarium, as moderater of the panel that includes: Col. David C. Hilmers USMC (Ret.), M.D., E.E., M.P.H, former NASA astronaut; Alejandro Grajal, Ph.D., senior vice president for conservation and education, and director of the Center for Conservation Leadership, Chicago Zoological Society; Pati Vitt, Ph.D., conservation scientist, Chicago Botanic Garden and Susan and Roger Stone Curator of Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank; and Jennifer Schwarz Ballard, Ph.D., associate vice president of education, Chicago Botanic Garden.
Cost is $12; Chicago Botanic Garden members pay $10. Preregistration is required. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/wed/.
The Day's Main Events
Meet the scientists who save plants every day and check out plant science in action at our Plant Science Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t miss the displays: Native Spider Identification; White Lady’s Slipper: A Rare Native Orchid; Discoveries in the Dirt; Prairie Enhancement and Management; Pollinators: From Green Roofs to the Wild West; and so much more!
On the Garden’s Esplanade, meet the horticulturists who keep the Garden beautiful and learn about: Drought-Wise Gardening, Butterfly Gardening, Eco-Friendly Lawn Care, Rose Care, Pest Management, Houseplants for Healthier Homes, and many more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll also find information from community members, groups, sponsors, and government displays including Zooniverse, Project BudBurst, Openlands, United States Environmental Protection Agency—Protecting Your Water, and more. Our own Green Youth Farm sells fresh, organically grown produce harvested from the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden and urban garden sites.
Meet veggie experts in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden who walk the talk on composting, organic vegetable gardening, and raising bees from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take home a 'Speckled Roman' heirloom tomato seedling, too! Big Bowl chefs Marc Bernard and Patricia Yeo cook with locally grown produce at the Garden Chef Series, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Family drop-in activities are ongoing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden and the new Kleinman Family Cove. Take The Grand Tram (fee applies) and disembark at the Learning Campus to visit both of these locations.
Don’t miss this opportunity to recycle all those plastic pots and flats from your garden from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in parking lot 4.
Take the train to World Environment Day! The Garden Trolley will shuttle visitors from the Glencoe Metra station from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 1. Cost is $2 roundtrip; free for Garden members; children under 5 are free. A free solar-powered shuttle will be available from the Visitor Center to the Plant Conservation Science Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The solar-powered shuttle is part of the Solar Electric Vehicle Co.’s special program to give the no-gas, no-emissions people-movers to public and private parks, zoos, and gardens.
World Environment Day is generously supported by American Airlines, Bartlett Tree Experts, Baxter International Inc., Illinois Tool Works (ITW), and UL LLC. Call (847) 835-5440 or visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/wed/ for more information.