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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March 2019

Thirsty Land Screening

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Normal Theater, 209 W North Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Water is a crucial global resource, and water security is central to sustainable development. Thirsty Land discusses extreme drought, agriculture, and the water crisis in the Western United States and how these challenges impact farmers, communities, and the environment. We are thrilled to have Conrad Weaver, the film’s producer/director, joining us for the screening. He will be presenting after the film.  We expect the screening to open a dialog about the far-reaching impact of this water crisis and how, as engaged…

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April 2019

BN Clean Up Week

April 13 - April 21

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 13, 2019 through Sunday, April 21, 2019.  You have a couple of options for helping out: If you know of a public park that needs cleaning up, Normal Parks and Recreation Department and City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation will provide clean up supplies (trash bags, gloves).  Please leave your collected…

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Sugar Creek Stewards Workday

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come join us for our April workday along Sugar Creek! We need help improving Sugar Creek in designated areas throughout Bloomington and Normal, by clearing invasive plant species and managing the non-invasive plants. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older (or 14 and accompanied by a parent or guardian) and be able to hike along uneven terrain and safely use basic hand tools such as loppers and bow saws. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own work…

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Rain Barrel Workshop

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Thursday, April 18, 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…

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Earth Day Clean Up Event: Constitution Trail & Sugar Creek

April 20 @ 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, McLean County Wheelers, 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…

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Backyard Gardening – a Full Season Walk Through

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Unity Community Center Garden, 632 Orlando Ave
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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A step-by-step series spanning the growing season to learn to grow what you eat and eat what you grow. Get your hands dirty while you learn the skills for seasons to come! Topics include: soil health, variety selection, crop rotation, tool selection, insect and disease management, harvest, storage and preservation, composting, seed saving, and more! 11 sessions every other Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:00pm from April 23 through September 10 at the Unity Community Center Garden (632 Orlando Ave, Normal,…

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June 2019

Vermicomposting Workshop (6-17 years old)

June 7
Miller Park Zoo, 1020 S Morris Ave
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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NEW!!  Vermicomposting Workshop – for 6-17 year-olds *This event will be held at Miller Park Zoo. Please visit 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…

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