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Published: 3/27/2009 12:00 AM

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Events that involve pets, animals and plants, such as pet washes, adoption days, nature walks, microchipping, nature photography exhibits, nature tours, bird walks, calls for volunteers for nature-related work days, etc. Send items to nbrcalendar@dailyherald.com two weeks before event date.

March 28

Naturalist Badge Day: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 28, Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington. Eagle Scout naturalist will conduct a workshop which will allow Webelos to earn their Naturalist Badge. Registration required. Free. (847) 381-6592 or fpdcc.com

March 29

Animal Tracking: 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington. Lean ways of identifying animals by the signs they leave, make animal tracks to take home. (847) 381-6592 or fpdcc.com

March 30

Composting 101: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Find out how you can compost in your backyard to improve your soil and reap happy plants. $12-$15. (847) 298-3500.

March 31

Mission to Saturn: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court. Blast off into space with Jim Kovac, a solar system ambassador with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Explore the incredible rings, ice moons, and planetary environment of Saturn. To register, (847) 358-5881, ext. 167, or visit palatinelibrary.org.

April 1

Dog obedience classes: Begins Wednesday, April 1, River Trail Park District, 550 Business Center Drive, Mount Prospect. Learn how to use positive reinforcement to teach your dog good behavior in this eight-week course. To register, (847) 255-1200 or rtpd.org.

April 2

Hoffman Estates Garden Club: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Tina Semock from random Acres Garden Center speaks on "Container Gardening." All welcome.

April 3

Woodcock Walk: 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington. See birds in their courtship flight. Bring optics and join a naturalist to witness this sunset display. (847) 381-6592 or fpdcc.com.

April 4

Composting 101: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Find out how you can compost in your backyard to improve your soil and reap happy plants. $12-$15. (847) 298-3500.

Hound Egg Hunt: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. Hosted by the Palatine Park District. Dogs hunt for eggs filled with treats, photos with the bunny. $5 per dog. For requirements and registration, call (847) 991-0333.

Children's spring workshop: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Red's Garden Center, Northbrook. Junior gardeners decorate and plant a container for spring. redsgardencenter.com or (847) 272-1209.

Spring adoption event: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Elmhurst Animal Hospital, 850 S. Riverside Drive. Pets for adoption, photos with the Easter Bunny, refreshments, prizes, more.

Field of Dreams Horse Rescue: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Campton Hills Community Center, 5N082 Old LaFox Road, Campton Hills. Auction kickoff meeting. Chris, (847) 431-6302.

April 5

Doggone Easter egg hunt: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 5, Bock Park, behind the Bock Neighborhood Center, 1223 W. Sharon Lane, Schaumburg. Activities for pets and their owners including egg hunts, an agility course, obedience workshop, free play, costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. Multiple dog vendors and pet adoption agencies will be on site. Registration required by April 1. $8- $11. (847) 490-7020.

April 6

Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, April 6, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.

April 7

Four Seasons Garden Club: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington. Diane Hunter presents "The Wonders of the Monarch Butterfly." (847) 438-3981.

April 8

Wheeling Garden Club: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, Pavilion Senior Center, 199 N. First St., Wheeling. Bernie Horcher from Horcher's Country Flowers will create spring arrangement for Easter. $15 per person, advance registration. Joyce, (847) 537-0567.

Garden Club of Mount Prospect: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Citizens for Conservation members will present a slide show about native plants in landscapes and how they use less water and create a natural habitat. Mary, (847) 635-6239.

April 11

Citizens for Conservation deer program: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington. Chris Anchor, senior biologist for the Cook County Forest Preserve District, presents, " Living with Deer." Free, donations taken at the door. Reservations to (847) 382-SAVE.

April 14

Buffalo Grove Garden Club Plant sale: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Alcott Center. Variety of annual bedding plants, perennials, baskets, planters, accent plants, herbs, grasses and tomato plants. Pre-order at bgparkdistrict.org/in_gardenclub before Tuesday, April 14.

bggardenclub@comcast.net.

April 16

Garden Club of Inverness: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16, All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 S. Quentin Road, Palatine. Diane Hunter follows the migration ot the Monarch butterfly. Carole, cjbass@comcast.net.

April 18

Go Green for Earth Day: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington. See how easy it is to be green as you hike to stations on the green walkway to celebrate Earth Day. Activities, children's area, native tree give-a-way, more. (847) 381-6592.

Public Star Party: 7:30 p.m. sunset Saturday, April 18, Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, in McHenry County. Look at stars, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters with the help of NSA member telescopes. Gordon, (847) 231-3145.

Nippersink Garden Club: Meets 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at the home of a member in Spring Grove. Bring a dish to pass, refreshments served. nippersinkgardenclub.org or Jan at (815) 675-6760.

Boating for nonboaters class: Saturday, April 18, Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines. United States Coast Guard members teach a primer on boat safety geared for people who go on someone else's boat. (847) 391-5700 or desplainesparks.org.

April 22

Greening Your Home Garden: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm St. Eliza Fournier, manager of community gardening at the Chicago Botanic Garden, will demonstrate ways to green up your outdoor spaces. Register at (847) 259-3500, ext. 35 or phpl.info.

April 23

Barrington Antique and Garden Show: noon-7 p.m. Thursday, April 23; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25; noon-4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Ice House Mall and Village Shops, 200 Applebee St., Barrington. Regional and local antique dealers, garden inspired gifts, more. (847) 381-6661 or icehousemall.com.

April 25

Midwest Bird Expo 2009: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, main hall, Dupage Country Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. midwestbirdexpo.com.

Earth and Arbor Day at The Conservatory: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Participate in activities centered on environmental stewardship. Help plant a tree, share tips on going green, children's activities, games, contests, more. All ages, admission free. (847) 298-3500.

April 26

Rain garden seminar: 1 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Red's Garden Center, Northbrook. Managing water in your landscape. Register at redsgardencenter.com or (847) 272-1209.

April 29

Grow your own vegetables: 708:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Learn how to get started on a summer vegetable and herb garden. Class fee $15-$20. (847) 298-3500.

May 4

Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, May 4, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.

May 9

Spring plant sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Mary 9, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Selection of annuals and perennials, containers, assorted vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, more. (847) 298-3500.

Spring plant and flower sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Trinity United Methodist Church, 605 W. Golf Road, Mount Prospect. Variety of hanging baskets, garden flowers, vegetables, ground cover. Master gardeners on hand to answer questions, bake sale. Benefits United Methodist Women's Missions. (847) 439-0950 or trinitymp.org.

May 17

Bird Day: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Crabtree Nature Center, on Palatine Road, west of Barrington Road, Barrington. Spot migrating birds with the experts from Prairie Woods Audubon Society, view art work, survive the bird obstacle course, bird Bingo, more. (847) 381-6592.

June 2

Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, June 2, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.

Aug. 3

Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.

Sept. 18

Prairie Woods Audubon Society: 5:30 p.m. bird walk; 7 p.m. meeting/presentation Thursday, Sept. 18, Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg. Pat Winkelman, president of the Vehe Farm Foundation will speak about the farm in Deer Park.

Sept. 21.

Prairie Woods Audubon Society field trip: 3-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, Illinois Beach State Park, Zion. Meet at the North Unit parking lot or at 2 p.m. at the Bank of Palatine, Northwest Highway and Plum Grove Road, to carpool. Cyndi, (847) 776-8713.

Oct. 11

Prairie Woods Audubon Society: 3 p.m.-dusk, Sunday, Oct. 11, Stillman Nature Center, South Barrington. "The Big Sit." Bring a folding chair, munchies and beverage and sit and count the bird species. Meet at the dock/picnic area. Cyndi, (847) 776-8713.