Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, but there are celebrations taking place all weekend long. We want to share some ways you can enjoy and protect the planet! 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.
Saturday, April 14
As a follow-up to last year’s March for Science, head to the Field Museum to Speak Up For Science. This is the follow-up action to last year’s March for Science. Come meet scientists, learn about concrete ways you can fight for the planet, share your voice with legislators through a postcard-writing campaign, explore the Field Museum, and more! Learn more.
Openlands is looking for volunteers to help restore the Liberty Prairie Reserve in Grayslake, Illinois. Volunteers will help each workday by removing brush, plant trees, or spread native plant seeds. Learn more.
Saturday, April 21
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 at Morrill Elementary School in the Chicago Lawn Neighborhood. Be sure to register as a volunteer if you’re interested.
Friends of the Parks is organizing their 29th 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.
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 a number of restoration workdays at sites across the county. Learn more.
Sunday, April 22
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, wildflower hikes, canoe trips, volunteer restoration projects, and more. Check out their full list.
At the Morton Arboretum, unleash your inner champion as you run a 10k through a springtime morning surrounded by trees from around the world. The challenging course follows the Arboretum’s east side main route through rolling terrain. Learn more.
Get outside in the Chicago region, enjoy spring in bloom, and celebrate the planet. Consider a hike at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, paddling on the Nippersink Creek, or a bird walk in your local park. A few more of our favorite places to get outside include the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, North Park Village Nature Center, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
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.