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Posted on: March 29, 2018

Earth Day Celebration set for Saturday, April 21

The City of Elgin will host its 5th annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, located at 28 Brookside Drive in Elgin. People of all ages are invited to attend this free, family-friendly event and learn about ways to protect the planet.

Local organizations will be available to provide information on storm water management, local food production, native plants, stream and river health, renewable energy, and other sustainability-related interests. The event will also feature face painting, nature play, a photo booth, healthy snacks, nature-themed crafts, seed planting and more.

Local organizations include:

  • Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers
  • Bravo Magazine
  • Butterfly Lady, Kim Savino (Start Seeing Monarchs)
  • The Conservation Foundation
  • Elgin Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Elgin Bike Hub
  • Elgin Green Groups 350
  • Friends of the Fox
  • Northern Illinois Girl Scouts
  • Norhtern Kane County Wild Ones
  • Shared Harvest Food Coop
  • Waste Management

Live entertainment outdoors on the back patio of the nature center includes:

  • Plaza Folk Union, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Make It A Double, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

This event provides an opportunity to discover one of Elgin’s hidden gems, Hawthorne Hill Nature Center. Hawthorne Hill Nature Center offers education programming and is a place to relax, recreate and explore the natural world. The 67-acre natural area has two ponds, acres of woodland, over a mile of looped trails, and an interactive nature center building that is open to the public Fridays and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Earth Day attendees are encouraged to walk the beautiful trails of nature park which are open daily from sunrise to sunset. This is an opportune time to see spring flowers emerging from the earth, migratory birds returning and singing, and new life budding from the woodland trees.

This event is a program of the City of Elgin Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by the Elgin Sustainability Commission. For more information, please contact Maura Neuffer at 847-531-7055 or neuffer_m@cityofelgin.org. 

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