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With the help of the steady hands of their dad, Joe, Keelyn O' Brien and her sister Kaleigh, 6, of West Chicago put together a bird house at St. Charles' Earth Day at Campton Hills Park.


Laura Stoecker | 2007

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Published: 4/18/2008 12:22 AM

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Celebrate Earth Day locally with these events in the Tri-Cities and Kaneland.

North Aurora

Red Oak Nature Center will celebrate Earth Day Saturday.

From 1 to 4 p.m., visitors are invited to take part in a variety of educational activities. Learn more about energy-saving home remedies that will not only help reduce utility bills, but make your household more Earth-friendly.

Admission is free to all, with one condition -- each child is required to bring 12 washed, aluminum cans as their "ticket." The cans will be incorporated into the games, then recycled at day's end. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Interactive games for children will be played throughout the afternoon, including the Nature Center's popular "Aluminum Can Olympics." Stations will be set up that include games like can bowling, can stack, can minefield and can transporter. A can-themed scavenger hunt will also take place.

Families are encouraged to attend and discover how each family member can make an impact that helps preserve a better Earth for tomorrow. It also offers a great service project for Scout groups.

The Fox Valley Park District's Red Oak Nature Center is on Route 25, one mile north of Route 56 (Butterfield Road). Call (630) 897-1808.


The city of Geneva will host its first Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Geneva Public Works facility, 1800 South St.

Organizers of the event, led by the City's Natural Resources Committee, plan to host a variety of events for Geneva residents.

Visitors can drop off paperwork to be shredded on-site at no charge, obtain free compact florescent light bulbs and purchase compost bins and rain barrels.

The event is planned by the city's Natural Resources committee. For details, go to the city's Web site at, under "Community Calendar."

St. Charles

The St. Charles Park District Earth Day Festival is April 26.

A free-to-the-public event, this year's fest will take place, rain or shine, at the district's scenic Campton Hills Park. A morning bird walk from 7:30 to 9 a.m. will be followed by an ecological restoration project from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and festival activities from noon to 3 p.m.

Activities will include birdhouse building, gardening advice, an eco-tour of Campton Hills Park aboard a haywagon, and a walk through the Illinois Natural History Survey's Traveling Science Center.

Meet birds of prey and other local wildlife with Vicky Weiland of Kane Area Rehabilitation and Education.

Entertainment will be provided by local musician Steven Keefe and the unique stylings of his Family Jug Band Music. Also lending a rhythmic touch will be members of the Fox Valley Drum Circle.

For details, call the St. Charles Park District, (630) 513-4346, or visit the park district Web site at

Kane County Forest Preserve District

Earth Day Hike: From 6 to 7 p.m. on official Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, join district naturalists for a guided hike through Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve in St. Charles. The group will explore the woods and fields and learn about our connections to the natural world.

The event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Call (847) 741-8350 to RSVP.

Tekakwitha Woods is off Route 25, one mile north of Army Trail Road. The address is 35W076 Villa Maria Road, St. Charles.

Tree Planting: Kane County Forest Preserve will plant 1,500 oak saplings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26, at Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve in Blackberry Township.

The community is invited to help with restoration work.

At last year's event, volunteers helped district staff plant nearly 1,500 oak saplings at Burnidge Forest Preserve in Elgin. It is hoped that the number will equal or surpass last year's count.

Blackberry Maples is on Main Street, about six miles west of Batavia and about a quarter-mile east of Route 47. Parking will be across the street from the preserve at the Blackberry Township municipality building.

There will be "Earth Day Event" signs along Main Street directing volunteers to Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve.

To sign up for the tree planting event or for more information, call Volunteer Coordinator Julia Bourque at (630) 762-2741 or e-mail BourqueJulia@kaneforest. com.