Public Green Category: Earth Day

Earth Day 2014

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Did you know that the first Earth Day occurred in 1970? To learn more about the history of Earth Day, read this brief history from the Earth Day Network.

In honor of this special day, please do one good thing for the earth, and encourage others to do something for the planet as well. Do you want to tell us what good deed you did for the earth today? Drop us a line! And remember, no task is too small, as small tasks add up and make a big difference!

Celebrate Earth Day with the Friendship Park Conservatory

Join in the Earth Day celebration at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn some recycling tips and how to go green at home, or tour the Friendship Park Conservatory greenhouse. There will also be hands on activities for children.

If you’re looking for a more hands on way to celebrate Earth Day, why not volunteer to help clean up local parks? You can work to clean up a park in your neighborhood or at another location. Please call the Friendship Park Conservatory at 847-298-3500 to register for this event (registration is required). For more information, check out the Clean Up The Parks event on the Friendship Conservatory website.

Earth Day Events 2013

 This year Earth Day is Monday, April 22. Check out these local activities to celebrate Mother Earth:

E-cycle event: On Saturday, April 20, recycle your old computers, digital cameras, cell phones and more at the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) between 9 a.m. and Noon. This free event is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Park District and Com 2 Recycling. For more information, call 847-298-3500.

Earth Day fun for adults and kids: Visit the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) on Saturday, April 20, between 1 and 3 p.m. to attend a tour of their greenhouse and get some gardening and lawn care tips. Kids activities include planting seeds and decorating clay pots. Admission is free. For more information, call 847-298-3500.

Go beyond Earth and check out the stars: Celebrate everything celestial beginning at 5:30 p.m. when Northwest Suburban Astronomers and the Harper College Department of Physical Sciences host Astronomy Day 2013. The even takes place at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine). Indoor and outdoor telescopes will be available, plus a number of displays and programs. For more information, go to the North Suburban Astronomers website.

Rummage sale: Pick up some reasonably priced treasures on Friday and Saturday (April 19 and 20) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church (407 N. Main Street, Mount Prospect). The twenty-eighth annual sale features clothing, household tools, books, CDs, toys and more. A bake sale and hot dog lunch will be available. For more information, call 847-392-3111.

Join the ride: Ditch your car and join the Mt. Prospect Bike Club on Saturday (April 21) at 8:45 a.m. for a 30-35 mile tour of area forest preserves. Participants meet at Lion’s Park (411 S. Maple Street, Mount Prospect). A stop for lunch at Culver’s concludes the ride. For more information, email

Friendship Park Conservatory Earth Day Celebration

Friendship Park Conservatory will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21 from 1p.m.-3p.m. Tours will be given in the greenhouse and experts will be on hand to provide tips on gardening and lawn care. Games and activities will be available for kids. Admission and activities are free and all ages are welcome to attend.

Earth Day Events from the Mount Prospect Park District

Earth Day is Friday, April 22. To celebrate Earth Day, join in one of the Mount Prospect Park District activities:

-Drop off your used electronics for recylcing at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Friday, April 15, or Saturday, April 16, from 9am-12noon. For more information on what types of items will be accepted, please view this list.

-Help clean up a local park on Saturday, April 16, from 11am-3pm. You can choose which park, or you can ask the Park District to suggest a particular location. Participants will receive a certificate of appreciate for their efforts.

-Learn tips on lawn care, composting, gardening and more at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Saturday, April 16, from 1-3pm. This event includes games for kids, crafts, demos and tours.

For more information on any of these events, visit the Mount Prospect Park District website or call 847-298-3500.