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. Deadline is two weeks before event date.
Going Green with Native Plants: The Schaumburg Park District and Schaumburg Community Garden Club are accepting pre-orders until Monday, April 20, for the annual sale of native wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs.
Order forms and a list of plants can be obtained by calling the Spring Valley Nature Center at (847) 985-2100 or viewed and downloaded from schaumburggardenclub.com.
Garden Club scholarship: Through April 13. The Buffalo Grove Garden Club is accepting applications for college scholarships to be awarded to students of Horticulture, Ecology, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Studies, Botany, Agriculture or related fields for the 2009-10 academic year. The application is available online, at bgparkdistrict.org/in_gardenclub.htm. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Bird Banding: 9 a.m.-noon Sundays April 5 and May 3, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Watch Mark Spreyer, a licensed bird bander, measure, weigh and record data about migratory birds. For ages 8 and over. Free. (847) 428-6957.
Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, April 6, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.
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.
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.
Read to Rover: 6:15-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Students in grades 1-5 can sign up in person at the "Ask Here" desk for a 15-minute one-on-one session reading to a certified therapy dog. No parents or siblings allowed in the room during the session. Registration required. For details, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.
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.
Doggy Egg Hunt: 10-10:45 p.m. dogs under 30 pounds; 11:15-noon dogs over 30 pounds, Saturday, April 11, Pirates' Cove Theme Park, Elk Grove Village. Dogs hunt for eggs. $10-$15. To register, (847) 437-9494.
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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birding 101: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 and 8-11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Basics of bird identification; introduction to binoculars and field glasses, search habitats for resident and migratory birds. Registration required. $10-$15. (847) 428-6957.
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.
Springtime on the Farm: 12-4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, Spring Valley, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
Experience Schaumburg as a rural German farm community just as it was in the 1880s. Hands-on activities, craft, games, refreshments, hay ride, more. Food and beverages available for purchase. $2 per person; $8 per family. Free for children 3 and under.
Sunday morning bird walk: 8 a.m. Sundays April 19 and 26, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Mark Spreyer leads walk in search of migratory and resident birds. Bring binoculars and field guides. Register at (847) 428-6957.
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.
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.
Flying Wild educators workshop: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 24, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Learn interactive activities to teach students about migratory birds and their conservation. $20. (847) 428-6957
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.
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.
Sunday morning bird walk: 8 a.m. Sunday April 26, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Mark Spreyer leads walk in search of migratory and resident birds. Bring binoculars and field guides. Register at (847) 428-6957.
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.
Bird Banding: 9 a.m.-noon Sunday May 3, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Watch Mark Spreyer, a licensed bird bander, measure, weigh and record data about migratory birds. For ages 8 and over. Free. (847) 428-6957.
Wildflower walks: 2 p.m. Sundays May 3 and 10, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Explore Stillman's woodlands in search of ephemeral beauties such as white trillium, may-apple, Virginia bluebell, and jack-in-the-pulpit. For ages over 10. (847) 428-6957.
Cinco de Meow: 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3, El Sombrero, 1100 S. Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect. Fundraiser to benefi the animals at Heartland Animal Shelter. Mexican buffet, raffles, music, games, prizes, more. $25 per person. Reservations available at heartlandanimalsshelter.net or send check to Heartland Animal Shelter, 2975 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062.
Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, May 4, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.
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.
Wildflower walks: 2 p.m. Sunday May 10, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Explore Stillman's woodlands in search of ephemeral beauties such as white trillium, may-apple, Virginia bluebell, and jack-in-the-pulpit. For ages over 10. (847) 428-6957.
Buffalo Grove Garden Club plant sale: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May, 16, Alcott Center, Buffalo Grove. Variety of bedding plants, perennials, baskets, planters, accent plants, savory herbs, grasses and tomato plants. Pre-order at bgparkdistrict.org/in_gardenclub before Tuesday, April 14. For information, email@example.com.
Long Grove-Kildder Garden Club Plant sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 16; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove. Perennial and native plants contributed from members' gardens, heirloom tomato plants, assortment of herbs. Penny, (847) 540-8212.
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.
Raptor Sunday: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Meet the great horned barn and screech owl, peregrine falcon and broad-winged hawk. $5 per car. (847) 428-6957.
Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, June 2, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.
Midwest Bass Busters: Bass fishing club is looking for new members at any experience level. No boat is necessary. Monthly meetings are held at The Where Else Lounge, Higgins Road and Lively Blvd., in Elk Grove Village. The club fishes one weekend a month from April-October. Call Len (847) 870-7070.
Garden Club of Inverness scholarships: Students who live in the area serviced by District 211 and Barrington High School and who plan to major in horticulture or environmentally related studies in college are invited to apply. Applications available at the guidance officers in District 211 and Barrington High School.
Nippersink Garden Club: A new garden club is forming to serve northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Members of the Nippersink Garden Club are coming together because of the love of gardening and the love of the Nippersink Creek area and waterways. Membership is open to all interested men, women and their children. Membership will be free and 2009 meetings are yet to be determined. Visit nippersinkgardenclub.org or contact Stacy at (262) 279-5992 for details.
Stillman Nature Center: Volunteers are being sought to help in a variety of areas including, landscape maintenance, birds of prey and more. (847) 428-6957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.