BN GREEN EVENTS is a free community calendar provided by the Ecology Action Center to promote environmental classes, workshops, presentations, and more within the the Bloomington-Normal area.  Submit your event using the public submission form.  Inclusion of events within the BN Green Events Calendar does not constitute endorsement by the Ecology Action Center.

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April 2018

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo & MEGA Recycling

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Illinois Wesleyan University Shirk Center, 1312 Park Street
Bloomington, 61701
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Explore Living Well & Living Green in Central Illinois at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo on Saturday, April 7 at the IWU Shirk Center.  Interact with up to 100 exhibitors and learn about the important work they do in our community. Enjoy live music, check out the electric vehicle showcase, have a delicious lunch from one of three food trucks (The Dinner Bell, Healthy in a Hurry, and Oogie's Food on Wheels), watch some cooking demonstrations, sit in on a…

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BN Spring Clean Up Week

April 14 @ 8:00 am - April 22 @ 5:00 pm

  The City of Bloomington Beautification Committee, The Town of Normal, and the Ecology Action Center invite area residents to help with the annual community-wide clean up, scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018 through Sunday, April 22, 2018.  You have a couple options for helping out: If you know of a public park that needs cleaning up, Normal Parks and Recreation Department and City of Bloomington Beautification Committee will provide clean up supplies (trash bags, gloves, etc.).  Please leave your collected…

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Kids (6-10) Create a ZERO Waste Lunch!

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Green Top Grocery How often do your kids throw items into the trash without ever thinking twice about it? This class will teach our youngest community members (ages 6-10 years old) about the problems associated with generating too much waste, and how easily they can be a part of the solution by sticking to the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Children will learn about these concepts through an interactive story, and then discuss how we can all make…

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Tom Neilson Social Justice Concert

April 20 @ 7:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE! Friday April 20th at 7 p.m. Come hear the music of Tom Neilson, a folk artist combining music with satire and social commentary. Touching on issues as varied as the environment, unjust corporate privilege, racial justice, and peace, his music has been called “creative and compelling,” “raucous satire and quick wit,” and “thoughtful.” Plan to come hear him at the Mennonite Church of Normal, located at 805 Cottage Ave. Donations will be taken at the door- everyone…

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Earth Day Constitution Trail/Sugar Creek Clean Up

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

      Help keep your community clean and healthy--celebrate Earth Day and help out with Bloomington-Normal Clean Up Week.  Volunteer with the Ecology Action Center, Bike BloNo, and Friends of the Constitution Trail to clean up along the Constitution Trail and Sugar Creek. Sign up to help using the volunteer form below.  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own work gloves if possible.  Trash bags will be provided.  Please…

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Creating Living Landscapes

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Noted Ecologist and Author to Speak at Heartland Community College Douglas Tallamy, noted ecologist and author, will speak in the Astroth Auditorium (in the Astroth Community Education Center) at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL, Tuesday, April 24, at 7:00 pm. His presentation, “Creating Living Landscapes,” will focus on how we can restore the full, dynamic vibrancy of nature to our gardens and public spaces. Dr. Tallamy’s talk is sponsored by Illinois Prairie Wild Ones, and is free and open…

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May 2018

Attracting Birds with Native Plants

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Do you want to attract more birds to your yard and help to support them? This program will introduce the well-known and desirable local birds that people strive to bring to their yards and the native plants that produce food, habitat, or protection for them. Information will also be provided on which native plants best support the specific feeding requirements (seeds, nectar, and/or insects) of these different bird species. Presenter Bio: Barry Lake grew up in South Central Michigan with…

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Native Plant Sale – Build Your Own Garden

May 19 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Evergreen FS Building, 402 N Hershey Road
Bloomington, IL 61704 United States
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Purchase plants for enhancing or creating a Butterfly Garden, Hummingbird Garden, Drought-tolerant Garden, Rain Garden, Shade Garden, or an Urban Garden (plants under 3 feet). Proceeds from the sale help the chapter fund our Wild Forever Grant Program and our monthly educational programming. Members get a discount on all plants. Join Wild Ones the day of the plant sale to receive the member discount. A tentative list of plants we hope to have available at our 2018 Native Plant Sale…

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