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Celebrate Earth Day with the Forest Preserves

an Earth Day banner at Sand Ridge Nature Center

Throughout the past year, nature has provided an important respite for Cook County residents. Show your appreciation by celebrating Earth Day (and Earth Week!) with the Forest Preserves and your community at a litter cleanup or an Earth Day-themed event from Monday, April 21 to Sunday, April 25. And don’t forget our Spring Cleaning Donation Drive taking place all April at River Trail Nature Center.


Earth Day Cleanups

Enjoy the health benefits of spending time in nature and join your community in cleaning up at one of our Litter Hotspots to celebrate Earth Day. We will provide bags and gloves at the following locations:


Thursday, April 22 • 12 – 5 pm
LaBagh Woods, Grove 1, Chicago


Thursday, April 22 • 3 – 6 pm
Jerome Huppert Woods, River Grove
Call 312-533-5751 for more information.


Thursday, April 22 • 4 – 7 pm
Maple Lake Boating Center, near Willow Springs
Email experience.camping@cookcountyil.gov for more information.


Friday, April 23 • 10 am – 4 pm
Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Chicago
Register for Dan Ryan Clean Up.


Saturday, April 24 • 10 am – 1 pm
Beaubien Woods, Chicago
Register for Beaubien Clean Up.


Saturday, April 24 • 10 am – 1 pm
Kickapoo Woods, Riverdale
Register for Kickapoo Clean Up.


Saturday, April 24 • 9 am – 3 pm
Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Call 708-366-6530 for more information.


Saturday, April 24 • 9 am – 3 pm
Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Call 708-868-0606 for more information.


Saturday, April 24 • 12 – 3 pm
Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Call 847-381-6592 for more information.


After Earth Day: Anyone can commit to regularly volunteering in the Forest Preserves through the Select Organized Litter Obliterators (SOLO) program. SOLO volunteers can help by collecting litter on their own, or with a small group of family or friends, at one of our Litter Hotspots or any Forest Preserves location they choose. Explore even more opportunities to join our volunteer community on our Volunteer Page.


Earth Day Events


Tue, Apr 13 • 2 pm

Creative Reuse to Reduce: Earth Day

Facebook Live from River Trail Nature Center
Wed, Apr 14 • 10 am

Wee Wonders: Earth Day

Facebook Live from Sand Ridge Nature Center
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Sun, Apr 18 • 8 am

Self-guided Wildflower Walk

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Mon, Apr 19 • 8 am

Self-guided Wildflower Walk

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
The visitors center at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
Mon, Apr 19 - Thu, Apr 22 • 10 am

Nature’s Pop-up

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center • Willow Springs, IL 60480
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Tue, Apr 20 • 8 am

Self-guided Wildflower Walk

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Tue, Apr 20 • 8:30 am

Bird Hike

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Wed, Apr 21 • 8 am

Self-guided Wildflower Walk

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Thu, Apr 22 • 8 am

Self-guided Wildflower Walk

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Thu, Apr 22 • 9:30 am

Garlic Mustard Pull

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
A view of the North Branch of the Chicago River from LaBagh Woods.
Thu, Apr 22 • 12 pm

Earth Day Celebration

LaBagh Woods • Chicago, IL 60630
Thu, Apr 22 • 2 pm

Earth Day: Nature’s Heroes

Facebook Live from Crabtree Nature Center
Thu, Apr 22 • 4 pm

Earth Day Celebration Drop-In

Maple Lake Boating Center • Cook County, IL 60480
Thu, Apr 22 • 7 pm

Earth Day: Nature Triva Night!

Zoom Presentation
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Fri, Apr 23 • 8 am

Self-guided Wildflower Walk

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Sat, Apr 24 • 8 am

Self-guided Wildflower Walk

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
an Earth Day banner at Sand Ridge Nature Center
Sat, Apr 24 • 9 am

Earth Day Celebration

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473
Sat, Apr 24 • 9 am

Earth Day Celebration with the BackYard Nature Center

Tower Road Boat Launch • Cook County, IL 60093
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Sat, Apr 24 • 9:30 am

Garlic Mustard Pull

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
exterior of the Sand Ridge Nature Center building
Sat, Apr 24 • 11 am

Creative Reuse: Bird Feeders

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Sun, Apr 25 • 8 am

Self-guided Wildflower Walk

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in summer.
Sun, Apr 25 • 9:30 am

Garlic Mustard Pull

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
Crabtree Nature Center building in Barrington Hills
Sun, Apr 25 • 12 pm

Celebrating Earth Day

Crabtree Nature Center • Barrington Hills, IL 60010
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Spring Cleaning Donation Drive to Benefit GiveNKind

Usable goods don’t belong in landfills, especially when they fill a need in our community. Drop off your gently used household items to help out others in need. This donation drive will support GiveNKind, an organization whose mission is to connect goods to non-profits in order to benefit our community and our environment. For more information contact River Trail Nature Center at 847-824-8360 or GiveNKind at contact@givenkind.org.

Drop off donations at River Trail Nature Center (3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062) any time between 8am and 4pm from April 1 to April 31.

GiveNKind Urgent Needs*:

  • Plate sets
  • Pots and pans
  • Bakeware
  • Eating utensils
  • Cooking utensils
  • Kitchen gadgets – Can openers are in highest need
  • Kitchen countertop appliances (crockpots, toasters, coffeemakers)
  • Waste baskets
  • Vacuums

*We are looking for items that are new/gently used in great condition; items you would let a neighbor borrow.