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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June 2017
Free

The Refuge Food Forest Workday

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Food Forest, 701 Lincoln Ave
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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The berries are growing ... and so are the weeds! Join us for some good times pulling weeds and distributing mulch. Your hard work will ensure a great harvest later this summer!

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Free

IL EPA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

June 3 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
DeWitt County Highway Department, 9900 Revere Road
Clinton, IL United States
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Illinois EPA has funded a limited number of HHW collection events for spring 2017.  Collections are scheduled on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the greatest convenience of working families. Citizens are asked to bring harsh chemical cleaners, paints, thinners, antifreeze, weed killers, insecticides and pesticides, and similar hazardous household products. Explosives, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, agricultural chemicals and business wastes are not accepted. View a complete list of household hazardous wastes that are and are not accepted at…

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Rain Barrel Workshop

June 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 5:30 p.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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Vermicomposting Workshop

June 15 @ 5:30 pm

Would you like to learn more about vermicomposting, and make and take home your very own vermicompost bin and worms? Join us on Thursday, June 15 at 5:30 pm, learn about vermicomposting, construct your own container, fill it with worms, take it home and let the magic begin!  The workshop is $55 ($45 for EAC members). Each registered participant is encouraged to bring one guest with them (must be at least 8 years old), so bring your spouse, daughter, grandson, friend,…

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Rain Barrel Workshop

June 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Saturday, June 17, 2017, 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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Composting Workshop

June 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. to build your own composter!  Backyard composting is an easy way to reduce waste and create rich soil nutrients to enrich your garden at the same time.  Taking advantage of natural processes, minimizes land-filled residential waste and produces a valuable organic fertilizer. Pallet composter The composting workshop includes everything you need to successfully begin home composting.  We'll discuss various types of compost systems and techniques in addition to troubleshooting tips to avoid potential problems. …

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Yard Smart Garden Walk

June 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Ecology Action Center is holding its fifteenth annual Yard Smart Garden Walk on Saturday, June 24, 2017. 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 presentation,…

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July 2017
Free

The Refuge Food Forest Workday

July 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Food Forest, 701 Lincoln Ave
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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More mulching and weeding will be in order by July -- help us to protect what is sure to be a ton of berries and other fruits! Bring gloves. Tools will be provided.

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