Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, and we want to share some ways you can enjoy and protect the planet this year. Below is a list of just a few places where you can get involved, spend some time outside, and enjoy the nature around you throughout the Chicago area.
If you just want to get outside and celebrate Earth Day in your own way, take a look at our suggestions to discover the outdoors of the Chicago region.
Friday, April 21
Join the Environmental Law and Policy Center, Friends of the Chicago River, Illinois Environmental Council, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Openlands, and many more for a rally in support of some basic common sense ideas like climate action, clean energy, and protecting clean air. Learn more.
Saturday, April 22
On Earth Day, head downtown for the March for Science. Show your support for the scientific community, for government-funded research, for science-based decision making in public policy, and for curiosity and exploration, the very basis of science. Learn more.
Join Openlands for community tree plantings across Chicago. On Earth Day we are looking for TreeKeepers to help plant in Humboldt Park and our Forestry Crew is assisting a community tree planting in Forest Glen. Be sure to register as a volunteer if you’re interested.
Residents in Lake County can head to the Chicago Botanic Garden to hear an expert panel discuss global climate change, which is being hosted by Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10). Learn more.
Friends of the Parks is organizing their 28th Annual Earth Day Parks and Preserves Clean-Up. All morning long, volunteers will be out caring for the parks and green spaces of Chicago. Learn more.
Forest Preserves of Cook County will host a series of Earth Day events including special celebrations, bird hikes at LaBagh Woods and Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, canoe trips, volunteer restoration projects, and more. Check out their full list.
DuPage Forest Preserves are hosting several history hikes, site tours, and restoration workdays at Churchill Woods, West Chicago Prairie, and Mayslake. See the full list.
Lake County Forest Preserve District is also hosting an Earth Day celebration at Ryerson Woods in the afternoon, following a restoration workday at that site in the morning. Learn more.
Sunday, April 23
Join My Block, My Hood, My City for their One Block at a Time celebration of Earth Day. MBMHMC will be partnering with Chicago FarmWorks to prepare for a spring planting. Chicago FarmWorks is a 2.6 acre urban farm located in Chicago’s East Garfield Park that donates over 10,000 pounds of produce to Chicago food banks. Sign up to help.
Similarly, Advocates for Urban Argiculture maintain a calendar of community gardens events in Chicago, and they have multiple ways to get involved all weekend long. View their calendar.
Saturday, April 29
On the following Saturday, you can lend your voice for the planet once again at the People’s Climate March. Join climate activists in Chicago and across the country to stand up for our communities, climate action, and a healthy planet. Learn more.
Be sure to share your Earth Day with us! If you’re on Instagram, tag your photos from Earth Day with #DiscoverYourPlace to share your day with the Openlands community.