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 2019

Food Forest Workday!

June 21 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Friday, repeating until July 26, 2019

Food Forest, 701 Lincoln Ave
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

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,…

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Sugar Creek Stewards Workday

June 22 @ 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…

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Compost Bin Workshop

June 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
IL

Join us on Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 p.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, composting minimizes land-filled residential waste and produces a valuable organic fertilizer. 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…

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Rain Barrel Workshop

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Thursday, June 27, 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…

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Food Forest Workday!

June 28 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Friday, repeating until July 26, 2019

Food Forest, 701 Lincoln Ave
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

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,…

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Yard Smart Garden Walk

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
IL

The Ecology Action Center is holding its sixteenth annual Yard Smart Garden Walk on Saturday, June 29, 2019.  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 lunch from Green Top Grocery, a…

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July 2019

Food Forest Workday!

July 5 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Friday, repeating until July 26, 2019

Food Forest, 701 Lincoln Ave
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

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,…

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Normal Theater, 209 W North Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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The Prairie Rivers Network is excited to bring one of the largest environmental film festivals to Illinois. Now in its third year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival focuses on 9 films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet.  Attend the film festival and get energized to work to protect clean water, wildlife habitat, and our rich natural landscapes! The Films: Ashes to Ashes, Blue Carbon, Blue Heart, Downstream, Givers and Takers, Greenland Melts, March of…

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Food Forest Workday!

July 12 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Friday, repeating until July 26, 2019

Food Forest, 701 Lincoln Ave
Normal, IL 61761 United States
+ Google Map
Free

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,…

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Native Plant Identification

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

Learning and understanding more about native plants and plant communities starts with proper identification. This program will guide you through the process of identifying a plant, from a nameless unknown entity to something that has value and meaning in our natural world. We will not only discuss traditional plant identification resources but also some new (modern?) methods using social media and various apps. Time will be allotted at the end of the program for identification of unknowns brought in by…

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