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Aurora GreenFest: Celebrating the Power of Ten
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Aurora GreenFest: Celebrating the Power of Ten

  • Prisco Community Center and McCullough Park (map)
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Come to the Aurora GreenFest on Sept. 28 and learn how to take care of the environment and have fun at the same time. Be ready for a day filled with fun activities to live more sustainably and help save our planet. As always, the GreenFest is a free and accessible event, so bring the whole family. 

The GreenFest is 10 years old this year!  This year’s theme: “Celebrating the Power of Ten!”  all about the top 10 ways to help the environment and stop climate change. 

Aurora Greenfest invites lots of wonderful, sustainability-minded exhibitors, including local non-profits and businesses with a green story to tell. They welcome local farmers, who help them find clean, organic food. They invite local artists and crafters with a theme of reusing old or found objects or nature themes. Volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors please sign up on their website, www.auroragreenfest.com.

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Celebrate Oaktober Tree Forum
Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

Celebrate Oaktober Tree Forum

Oak Park is Illinois’ first municipal arboretum, with more than 18,000 trees lining its streets. Its Heritage Oak Propagation Program has saved hundreds of 200- to 300-year old trees and planted their acorns in local parks. For this program, a stellar panel will present on the urban forest ecosystem. Learn about such topics as:

  • How to protect disappearing oak savannas, woodlands, and forests

  • Landscaping for healthy trees

  • Discovering Oak Park’s heritage oaks

  • The managing and maintenance of an urban forest

  • Adopting an oak

Presenters

Lydia Scott directs The Morton Arboretum’s Chicago Region Trees Initiative.
Mark Duntemann, is a Master Arborist who presents internationally on urban forestry.
Robert Sproule is a Master Arborist and superintendent of Oak Park’s Forest Division.
Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author who specializes in sustainable plant communities for all seasons.

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Wolf Road Prairie Talk, Tour, and Fest
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Wolf Road Prairie Talk, Tour, and Fest

Celebrate the history of the Midwest and the beautiful Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve at this FREE summer festival. Enjoy learning about Wolf Road Prairie ecology and restoration efforts from the prairie ecologist and explore the prairie with a knowledgeable guide. Program offered at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Event also includes: visits with live raptors (10:30am – 12:30pm), crafts and art for sale, historic re-enactors, dulcimer players, genealogy advice, quilt displays, Greek traditional dancers, music, food, and more.

Please rsvp for the prairie program and tour at https://bitly.com/wolfroadprairie.

For more information about the fest, send an email to r.cabe@sbcglobal.net . Sponsored by Save the Prairie Society.

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Tour of Wolf Road Prairie
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Tour of Wolf Road Prairie

Designated an Illinois Nature Preserve, Wolf Road Prairie contains several native communities, including mesic prairie, mesic savanna and wetland. It is home to more than 360 native plant species. The resident migratory birds, amphibians, insects, butterflies and mammals are too numerous to count. In combination, the ecosystem features of the site make for a one-of-a-kind natural area, unlike any in the world. The prairie remnant at Wolf Road Prairie is considered the largest and best quality black soil or mesic prairie east of the Mississippi River. The wetland on site is considered of high aquatic quality.

Please register for this free program presented by West Cook Wild Ones.

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