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 2017
Free

Walnut Grove Festival

April 1 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Eureka College, 300 East College Avenue
Eureka, IL 61530 United States
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The Eureka College Student Alliance for Greener Environments (SAGE) will host the fifth annual Walnut Grove Festival from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, on Lida’s Lawn at Eureka College, featuring local artists, vendors, musicians and educators from central Illinois to showcase aspects of sustainability for the community. “This annual festival truly showcases some of the hidden treasures of our surrounding communities. We’re excited to be able to feature, for the fifth consecutive year, many of the good,…

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Illinois Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 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 with up to 100 exhibitors and informative presentations. This interactive event celebrates Creating Healthy Communities by blending ideas for green alternatives and celebrating and promoting the many services and groups that promote healthy living, a healthy earth and healing. The ISLWE is McLean County’s major Zero Waste event.  With the help of Midwest Fiber, who accepts all food waste for composting, this event is planned and…

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Prairie Plants Up Close: Flowers and Fruits

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Everyone has many associations with a flower, the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower, lean forward to smell it…..or give it to someone to please them” – Georgia O’Keeffe, 1939. Flowers are indeed special to humans, yet why do plants make flowers in the first place? Basically to reproduce. Flowers are pollinated and become fruits. Inside the fruits are seeds, which insure future generations. Much of the diversity of flowers and fruits is the…

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Constitution Trail/Sugar Creek Clean Up – EARTH DAY

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tipton Park, 2410 G.E. Road
Bloomington, 61704
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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, McLean County Wheelers, Friends of the Constitution Trail, Bike BloNo, and Lake Run Club 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…

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Sugar Creek Stewards April Workday

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come join us for our April workday along Sugar Creek! We need help improving Sugar Creek in Bloomington near Tipton Parks and in Normal, near Anderson and Fairview parks by clearing invasive plant species and managing the non-invasive plants. We’ll work the Fairview site for the April work day. The next workday is Saturday, April 22, from 9 am to 12 pm, and is part of our larger BN Spring Clean-up Day! Volunteers must be 18 years old or older (or 14 and accompanied by a…

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May 2017
Free

Native Plants in the Designed Landscape

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Our featured speaker, Judy Nauseef, will discuss Native Plants in the Designed Landscape. We all want our gardens to thrive and provide healthy environments for our families and native wildlife. Using native plants is just one step toward achieving our goals. The other is to create a plan that suits our needs and that of the plants. Learn basic tools to discover how to add habitat to your landscape and how to choose a plant community. Learn also how a…

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