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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July 2019

Ecology Action Center at Sugar Creek Arts Festival

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Be sure to check out our the Ecology Action Center’s information booth at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival on Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th in Uptown Normal. Stop on by to refill your water bottle, ask questions about recycling, check out upcoming Grow Solar Power Hour dates, and learn about any of our program areas. For a full list of Sugar Creek Arts Festival activities, please visit Sugar Creek Arts Festival .

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Ecology Action Center at Sugar Creek Arts Festival

July 14 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Be sure to check out our the Ecology Action Center’s information booth at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival on Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th in Uptown Normal. Stop on by to refill your water bottle, ask questions about recycling, check out upcoming Grow Solar Power Hour dates, and learn about any of our program areas. For a full list of Sugar Creek Arts Festival activities, please visit Sugar Creek Arts Festival .

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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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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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Food Forest Workday!

July 19 @ 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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Rain Barrel Workshop

July 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Wednesday, July 24, 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!

July 26 @ 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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Compost Bin Workshop

July 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 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…

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August 2019

Yard Smart: Eco-Friendly Yard Maintenance

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

Learn how using Yard Smart gardening and lawn care practices can reduce negative impacts on the environment and produce beautiful and bountiful gardens that work with instead of against nature. Yard Smart is part of the Ecology Action Center’s Clean Water Program and recognizes local homeowners who use ecologically–sustainable practices in their yard to the benefit of the whole community. Presenter Bio: Larissa Armstrong has worked for the Ecology Action Center since the fall of 2010 when she was hired…

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Rain Barrel Workshop

August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Thursday, August 15, 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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Bruegala Beer Fest (recycling volunteers needed)

August 16 @ 2:00 pm - August 17 @ 8:00 pm
Normal Corn Crib, 1000 Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761 United States

The Ecology Action Center is excited to be a benefactor of the 20th annual Bruegala event to be held on August 16 and 17 at the Corn Crib in Normal. Bruegala is a charity beer and wine festival run by the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees that offers over 100 craft beers for sampling, more than 50 wines, a variety of food vendors, music and more throughout the two-day event. The EAC is one of four local non-profits that will receive a portion of…

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