World Environment Day

Saturday, June 6, 2015

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.

It's a day to learn about topics large and small, from climate change to the importance of butterflies and pollinators.

The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center will be buzzing with science activities from the rooftop to the rain garden!

On the Esplanade and at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, you can ask our horticulturists, staff, and volunteer experts about our gardens—and about what's happening in yours.

Come for the day, have lunch at the Garden View Café, and then put what you've learned into practice at home!

The Day's Key Events

PHOTO: Spider.Learn at the Labs

Meet the scientists and check out plant science in action at the Plant Science Center, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about prairie management and Chicago's native bees, 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 organic vegetable gardening, water-wise gardening, butterfly gardening, ecofriendly lawn care, successful composting, and many more, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PHOTO: Horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg answers questions from visitors.

Learn at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden

PHOTO: 'White Cherry' heirloom tomato.Learn more 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 cooks with seasonal and locally grown produce at the Garden Chef Series, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden's open-air amphitheater.

PHOTO: A pile of GPS units waits for kids to use on a treasure hunt.Learn at Play

Family drop-in activities are ongoing, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Esplanade, the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden, and the Kleinman Family Cove.

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 Recycle Plastic

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.