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 2018

Tom Neilson Social Justice Concert

April 20 @ 7:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE! Friday April 20th at 7 p.m. Come hear the music of Tom Neilson, a folk artist combining music with satire and social commentary. Touching on issues as varied as the environment, unjust corporate privilege, racial justice, and peace, his music has been called “creative and compelling,” “raucous satire and quick wit,” and “thoughtful.” Plan to come hear him at the Mennonite Church of Normal, located at 805 Cottage Ave. Donations will be taken at the door- everyone…

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Earth Day Constitution Trail/Sugar Creek Clean Up

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

        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, Bike BloNo, McLean County Wheelers, and Friends of the Constitution Trail 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 will…

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Creating Living Landscapes

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Noted Ecologist and Author to Speak at Heartland Community College Douglas Tallamy, noted ecologist and author, will speak in the Astroth Auditorium (in the Astroth Community Education Center) at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL, Tuesday, April 24, at 7:00 pm. His presentation, “Creating Living Landscapes,” will focus on how we can restore the full, dynamic vibrancy of nature to our gardens and public spaces. Dr. Tallamy’s talk is sponsored by Illinois Prairie Wild Ones, and is free and open…

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Rain Barrel Workshop

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 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). 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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Rain Barrel Workshop

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

 Registration for this workshop is CLOSED.  Be on the lookout for one of our upcoming workshops in May and June! Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Saturday, April 28, 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…

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May 2018

Fell Arboretum Plant Sale

May 5 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
illnois State University – School Street Plaza, School & Beaufort
Normal, IL United States
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Free

Illinois State University - Fell Arboretum Plant Sale Saturday, May 5th from 8-11am — Rain or Shine Featuring: Heirloom tomatoes — Sweet & hot peppers — Eggplants — Native perennials — Annual flowering plants — Plant raffles — Guided tour of Fell Arboretum at 11am — Local Green Industry Organizations Location: South end of School St. Plaza - at School & Beaufort — Between Centennial East & School St. Parking Deck — Accessible by Beaufort St. Free Parking Available @…

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Attracting Birds with Native Plants

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

Do you want to attract more birds to your yard and help to support them? This program will introduce the well-known and desirable local birds that people strive to bring to their yards and the native plants that produce food, habitat, or protection for them. Information will also be provided on which native plants best support the specific feeding requirements (seeds, nectar, and/or insects) of these different bird species. Presenter Bio: Barry Lake grew up in South Central Michigan with…

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Native Plant Sale – Build Your Own Garden

May 19 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Evergreen FS Building, 402 N Hershey Road
Bloomington, IL 61704 United States
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Free

Purchase plants for enhancing or creating a Butterfly Garden, Hummingbird Garden, Drought-tolerant Garden, Rain Garden, Shade Garden, or an Urban Garden (plants under 3 feet). Proceeds from the sale help the chapter fund our Wild Forever Grant Program and our monthly educational programming. Members get a discount on all plants. Join Wild Ones the day of the plant sale to receive the member discount. A tentative list of plants we hope to have available at our 2018 Native Plant Sale…

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Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Open House

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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!  Eric Marshall, who went solar through the first Solar Bloomington-Normal program, is hosting a "solar open house" at his farm, where you can see a live solar array, learn about the program, and ask any questions. There will…

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Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
West Bloomington Revitalization Project, 724 W. Washington Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
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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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