World Environment Day

Saturday, June 6, 2015
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Support your local planet: a day to take action

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 importance of food and urban agriculture to climate change. Ask our horticulturists, staff, and volunteer experts about our gardens—and about what's happening in yours. Visit locations around the Garden for fun and interesting science activities and displays from rooftop to rain garden. Consider your impact on the planet with special keynote speaker Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank.

Come for the day, enjoy a spring lunch on the Garden View Café decks, and then put what you've learned into practice at home!

The Day's Key Events

Learn at the Labs

Meet the scientists and check out plant science in action at the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center! Learn about prairie management, nocturnal pollination, breadfruit, and more, and get a butterfly weed plant to grow in your garden to help support monarch butterflies.

Learn from Our Horticulturists

Meet the "horts," who will cover topics including water-wise gardening, attracting pollinators to your garden, ecofriendly lawn care and more.

Learn at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden

Be inspired by—and learn from—the Fruit & Vegetable Garden horticulturist and Windy City Harvest staff members. Topics include organic vegetable gardening, composting for the home gardener, beneficial insects, raised bed gardening, and more. Find out the "buzz" about raising bees from beekeeper Ann Stevens, and take home an heirloom tomato seedling.

Learn from the Chefs

Chef Cleetus Friedman of Fountainhead, The Bar on Buena, and The Northman, cooks with seasonal and locally grown produce from our own Windy City Harvest program at the Garden Chef Series, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden's open-air amphitheater.

Learn at Play

Family drop-in activities are ongoing at the Esplanade, the Native Plant Garden, and the Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Kids can pick up a passport at our sponsors' display tables to answer questions and get their passports stamped!

New this year: the Make It Better entertainment stage on the Esplanade will feature family-friendly performances at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Farmers' Market Stand

Our own Windy City Harvest sells fresh, organically grown produce harvested from the Fruit & Vegetable Garden and the farm's urban garden sites.

Recycle Electronics and Plastic, and Bring a Vase to the Vase Drive!

Don't miss this opportunity to recycle a variety of consumer electronics and all those plastic pots and flats from your garden, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in parking lot 4. New this year: Random Acts of Flowers will be collecting vases and containers that hold water as well as small baskets to deliver arrangements to individuals in healthcare facilities. Click here to download a list of items accepted for electronics recycling.

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