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  • Earth Day (well really Earth Week) For Staff and Volunteers at the Museum

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    Tags: Earth Day, green, sustainability, nature museum

    Created: 4/16/2013      Updated: 8/10/2016

    Every day is Earth Day at the Nature Museum, but during Earth Week, Nature Museum staff and volunteers call attention to the little things we can all easily do to be a little greener. For the members of the Sustainable Initiatives Team at the Nature Museum (SIT), it is yearly tradition to schedule daily, sustainably-minded challenges for all the staff and volunteers to focus on, culminating in a photo each day of all who could participate. This year, staff will be focusing on the following earth-friendly actions during Earth Week:

    Nature Museum staff holding mugs
    Waste free day! (Bring your own mug)

    Monday, April 22, 2013, Earth Day!:
    Green Transit Day
    - Use a more sustainable means of transit to work!  Bike, walk, use public transit, carpool!

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013:
    Waste Free Day
    - Bring your own mug/bottle and a zero waste lunch (reusable containers welcome!)

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013:
    Green Cleaning Day
     - Make your own green cleaners!  Staff and volunteers can learn how to make and use effective sustainable cleaners at the office and at home.

    Thursday, April 25, 2013:
    Reuse/Recycle Day
    - Let’s have an old fashioned Swap Meet! Staff can bring unused or unwanted, gently used clothing from home to trade.

    Friday, April 26, 2013:
    Service Day
    - Take a few minutes and give and back!

    Earth Day is a chance to take a moment and think about the impact we have on our world.

    You can follow our daily challenges or create your own!  We hope you'll join us in these easy ways to be green, both on the designated days for each practice during Earth Week and whenever you can!

    Staff shoes and transit cards
    Green Transit Day

    For more information on the history and formation of Earth Day please visit: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement.

    Amber King
    Assistant Collections Manager

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  • Celebrate Earth Day

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    Tags: Earth Day, family, Gardening

    Created: 4/12/2013      Updated: 8/10/2016

    Spring is finally here and it is a busy time at the Nature Museum!  In April we hear the return of red winged blackbirds and robins, and narrowly dodge the attacks of our favorite pair of Canada geese nesting on the rooftop cactus garden. This time of year also means Earth Day is approaching!

    This will be the third year in a row that we have celebrated Earth Day with the musical talent of Joe Reilly and activities led by our program partner Urban Habitat Chicago.

    Joe Reilly with sunflowers

    Joe Reilly’s Earth Day concert is for families looking to rock out to original nature inspired tunes. Joe’s albums Children of the Earth and Let’s Go Outside are fun, energizing and are a perfect fit for The Nature Museum. Concert attendance grows each yearand we are looking forward to seeing Joe and his groupies again! Registration required.

    Urban Habitat Chicago will help visitors plant green bean seeds. Children will learn about plant care and take their seedling home to watch it grow. We hope that this activity will inspire visitors to create edible gardens at home and in their communities.Free with Nature Museum admission.

    So join us for our annual Earth Day celebration! Families can visit the museum on Saturday, April 20th to partake in all of our festivities. Please visit www.naturemuseum.org or email familyprograms@naturemuseum.org for more information.

    Glenda Gonzalez
    Public Programs Coordinator

     

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