Join us for the Native Garden Tour this Sunday . . . plus more great upcoming events!

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Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour
Sunday, September 7, 2pm-5:30pm

We read news about disappearing species and shrinking biodiversity, but did you know that YOU can help solve this problem by simply choosing plants native to this area for your yard or community garden that can support beautiful and beneficial wildlife. It's easy to do, and some of your neighbors have put together an exciting garden tour to show how.

Join us for the Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour in Oak Park and River Forest this Sunday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 5:30 p.m.  West Cook Wild Ones and Green Community Connections cordially invite you to tour this carefully curated group of 11 private and public gardens. You'll learn how to get started, mix native plants with traditional ones, build a rain garden or even replace your lawn entirely.

Schedule:  Sunday, September 7th
2:00-4:30 pm Tour the gardens:  self-paced tour with family and friends - or - join a
guided bike tour (space limited for the bike tour)
4:00-5:30 pm Native Garden Fair. Forest Preserve, northwest corner of Harlem & Lake

For a taste, see brief descriptions of the gardens on the tour.  Learn more about the tour and REGISTER now.  As in this video, at each tour stop, the gardener or a plant expert will lead you through the garden and teach you more about the beauty and benefits of native plants.

Click here to continue reading this story, to view the video and to register for the tour.
See the Website for Full Calendar
"The Future is Calling Us to Greatness: Inspiring Science, Realistic Hope":  Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:00 pm, Unity Temple,  875 Lake Street, Oak Park
The Great March for Climate Action: Chicago segment kicks off in OP, September 6, 2014, Starts at 7:00-8:00am at the Oak Park Library and continues to Daley Plaza, multiple times and places to participate.

Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour , Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2:00-5:30pm, Register and pick up map at Cook County Forest Preserve, northwest corner of Harlem and Lake or register in advance online.
Forest Preserve Community Meeting regarding Natural Area RestorationTuesday, September 9, 2014, 5:30pm at Cook County Forest Preserve, northwest corner of Harlem and Lake.
Living Cooler and Smarter - Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living, Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:00 pm, Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL, RSVP 630-462-9789.  But which changes in our lifestyles might make the biggest difference to the climate?
9.11 LemonAid Stand Fund-raiser, Every September 11th, 3:00 pm - 7:00pm, 700 Block of Bonnie Brae in River Forest, IL, "Kids Helping Kids" Charity Lemonade Stand

Garfield Park Neighborhood MarketSaturday, September 13, 2014, 10am-1pm, on Lake Street in Chicago, near the intersection with Kedzie.  Farmers Market with a twist:   it features produce entirely grown within the Garfield Park neighborhood by community gardeners.  
Citizens Climate Lobby Meeting:  Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 11:30 at the Dole  Branch Library, 255 Augusta St. Oak Park:  coffee and conversation, national CCL conference call and local chapter planning. 
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