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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May 2018

Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

May 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
University of Illinois Extension – 1615 Commerce Drive, 1615 Commerce Drive
Bloomington, IL 61704 United States
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Thinking about going solar? Residents throughout McLean County have an opportunity to participate in Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. Property owners and renters alike may participate in this program! Regardless of where you live in the county, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar…

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Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

May 31 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Normal Public Library, 206 West College Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Thinking about going solar? Residents throughout McLean County have an opportunity to participate in Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. Property owners and renters alike may participate in this program! Regardless of where you live in the county, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar…

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June 2018

Rain Barrel Workshop

June 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., where YOU build your own water-saving rain water collection and storage container. Workshop prices are $45 ($35 EAC member price). The workshop includes: A reused, 55-gallon, food-grade, heavy-gauge plastic barrel (non-food-grade, MSDS datasheet provided) 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…

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Wetlands in Nature

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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What is is wetland?  Well, how a wetland is defined can depend on the agency involved! In this program, Vernon LaGesse will discuss at the history of wetlands in Illinois and also a few current wetland restoration projects in the state. Presenter Bio: Vernon LaGesse has been conducting stewardship and restoration work for 30 years.  He is founder and Executive Director of a local not-for-profit land trust The Friends of Sangamon Valley in Springfield, IL.  His current work mostly involves organizing all…

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Sugar Creek Stewards Workday

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come join us for our June 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 gloves and (reusable)…

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Yard Smart Garden Walk

June 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Ecology Action Center is holding its sixteenth annual Yard Smart Garden Walk on Saturday, June 23, 2018.  This free tour highlights beautiful and functional yards in our community that protect our environment, benefit wildlife, and use few or no synthetic chemicals.  The event features a plant and garden tool “Freecycle” Exchange. Bring garden plants (please label them!) or tools to give away— everything must be free. After the garden walk, we reconvene for (a zero waste) lunch, a short…

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July 2018

Rain Gardens With Native Plants

July 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

Why do we need to be concerned about how we manage storm water around our homes? Storm water can carry pollutants from our lawns into the streams and rivers around our community as well as other problems. What can we do? In this program, Jeff Kohmstedt will share ways to manage this water such as by using rain barrels and creating rain gardens with native plants. He will also share other ways we can help protect the rivers, water, and…

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September 2018

Hill Prairies: Past, Present and Future

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

Illinois is the “Prairie State” but most people have misconceptions of what an actual prairie is. Hill prairies are more than just “prairies on a hill” and because of their landscape position and past land usage, they are one of the most common remnant prairie types left in central Illinois. John Wilker will share with us the many factors affecting development of these rare unique ecosystems. He will tell a compelling story of how they developed, why they are still…

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October 2018

Propagating Natives from Seed

October 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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This program will discuss the ins and outs of collecting seed from native plants, the best ways to store them, and how to get them to grow. We will take a particularly close look at how to break seed dormancy, perhaps the most challenging and poorly understood aspect of propagation. But, by following a few simple protocols, you will find that most species can be cultivated quite readily. Presenter Bio: Ed Cope is a Restoration Ecologist working for the Natural…

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