“Why Should I Recycle?”– Summer Library Reading Program 2019

This year, the Ecology Action Center will incorporate the Summer Reading Program theme, “It’s Showtime at Your Library!” by offering a reading and discussion of “Why Should I Recycle?” In this program we will focus on why reusing and recycling items are more favorable options than filling up our landfills as we follow the story of one family’s quest to properly recycle all that they can. We will follow this up with a fun activity and discussion about the various everyday items that can be reused and recycled into new items that we may not even realize are made from recycled materials!

“Why Should I Recycle?”– Summer Library Reading Program 2019

This year, the Ecology Action Center will incorporate the Summer Reading Program theme, “It’s Showtime at Your Library!” by offering a reading and discussion of “Why Should I Recycle?” In this program we will focus on why reusing and recycling items are more favorable options than filling up our landfills as we follow the story of one family’s quest to properly recycle all that they can. We will follow this up with a fun activity and discussion about the various everyday items that can be reused and recycled into new items that we may not even realize are made from recycled materials!

WBRP Bike Co-Op and Tool Library Fundraiser

Come out to Keg Grove Brewing Company on June 9th from noon – 5pm.  All tips generated that afternoon will be donated to the West Bloomington Revitalization Project’s Bike Co-Op and Tool library.

Food Forest Workday!

The Refuge Food Forest is a 1-acre organic planting of nuts, berries, fruit trees, and more! The food is free and available for all, but it does take quite a bit of volunteer work to keep the site in good condition. Work will include weeding, mulching, pruning, and more! Tools are available, and we have some gloves, but you are strongly encouraged to bring your own gloves just in case. And if you have a weeding tool that you love, bring that as well. There is a water fountain on the site. Thanks in advance for your help!

Vermicomposting Workshop (6-17 years old)

NEW!!  Vermicomposting Workshop – for 6-17 year-olds

*This event will be held at Miller Park Zoo. Please visit http://www.bloomingtonparks.org to register.

Do any of these statements describe you??

  • You want a pet but you don’t want to deal with a dog to walk, a noisy parrot, or a cat box to clean.
  • You generate a lot of carrot peelings and banana peels, and hate to just throw them away.
  • You would love to create less garbage but are not sure how.

The answer to all the challenges above involves…. WORMS. Red wigglers, to be precise. Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is an easy way to recycle food scraps into a rich fertilizer for your plants! These amazing, tiny creatures will actually eat your garbage. This workshop will include everything needed to successfully begin vermicomposting – including worms! Various types of compost systems and techniques will be discussed in addition to troubleshooting tips to avoid potential problems.  Participants will make and take home a vermicomposting bin ready for use.

Session date/times: 

6-9 year-olds:      June 7, 9:00-11:00am

10-17 year-olds:  June 7, 1:00-3:00pm

Registration fees:

$26 per person for MPZS members

$30 per person for non-members

Rain Barrel Workshop

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., where YOU build your own water-saving rain water collection and storage container.

Workshop prices are $45 ($35 EAC member price).

  • A reused, 55-gallon, food-grade, heavy-gauge plastic barrel (non-food-grade)
  • A flexible plastic elbow to direct rain water from your downspout to your rain barrel. Fits 3″ downspouts.
  • A 6″ heavy duty screen to prevent entry of mosquitoes and leaves
  • High-quality fittings for long life
  • Overflow hose and fittings with mosquito barrier
  • Instruction and use of all tools needed for the project
  • Workshop excludes installation materials for your specific home which may include concrete blocks, hacksaw, screwdriver, sheet metal screws, etc

The fine print: The construction process can get a bit messy so wear clothes that can get dirty. The barrels measure 25″ x 35″ and weigh 25 pounds. Bring an appropriate vehicle to transport your barrel home. There is a limit of one rain barrel per household per workshop. For safety reasons, all participants must be 18 years or older.

Pre-2011 EAC rain barrels:

If you built or bought an EAC rain barrel during or prior to 2011, please check to see if the lid of your barrel fits properly and there are nor holes or gaps that would allow mosquitoes inside the barrel; they can fit through very small gaps or cracks. If your rain barrel seals poorly or has noticeable cracks/gaps – you can attend a new workshop and replace your old barrel for a new one with a secure lid at a reduced price (see that option on the registration form below)

Mega Rain Harvester

275gal mega rain harvester

*Note: If you are interested in a 275 gallon mega rain harvester (measure about 4′ x 4′ x 4′ and weigh 50 pounds), we are not building 275-gallon mega rain harvesters in this workshop, but they are available for purchase and delivery. They are $100 or $90 for EAC supporters plus tax. We can also deliver in Bloomington-Normal for $25 and in the rest of McLean County for $50. Please contact the Ecology Action Center if you are interested in a mega rain harvester 309-454-3169.



“Why Should I Recycle?”– Summer Library Reading Program 2019

This year, the Ecology Action Center will incorporate the Summer Reading Program theme, “It’s Showtime at Your Library!” by offering a reading and discussion of “Why Should I Recycle?” In this program we will focus on why reusing and recycling items are more favorable options than filling up our landfills as we follow the story of one family’s quest to properly recycle all that they can. We will follow this up with a fun activity and discussion about the various everyday items that can be reused and recycled into new items that we may not even realize are made from recycled materials!

Food Forest Workday!

The Refuge Food Forest is a 1-acre organic planting of nuts, berries, fruit trees, and more! The food is free and available for all, but it does take quite a bit of volunteer work to keep the site in good condition. Work will include weeding, mulching, pruning, and more! Tools are available, and we have some gloves, but you are strongly encouraged to bring your own gloves just in case. And if you have a weeding tool that you love, bring that as well. There is a water fountain on the site. Thanks in advance for your help!