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.
Be Citizens for Conservation volunteer: Citizens for Conservation restoration volunteers work from 9-11 a.m. every Thursday and Saturday. Jobs include: sowing legume seed, cutting brush, rescuing native plants and planting sedges. Meet at 459 West Highway 22 in Lake Barrington. Look for the white farmhouse with a silo across from Good Shepherd Hospital. Bring work gloves, dress for the weather, tools provided. For information, call (847) 382-7283.
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.
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 non-boaters 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.
Egg Hunt and Earth Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. The Long Grove Park District's Spring Egg Hunt and Earth Day Celebration will feature an egg hunt for ages 3-6 at 10 a.m. (bring a basket); nature safari for ages 6 and up at 11 a.m.; Dennis "Swiftdeer" Paige will present "Springtime with the Frogs" from 1-3 p.m.; live bird demo from 1-4 p.m.; and more. For information, call (847) 438-4743.
Poplar Creek Prairie Stewards: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday April 18 and Sunday April 26, Shoe Factory Woods Forest Preserve parking lot, west side of Route 59 between Golf and Shoe Factory roads, Hoffman Estates. Celebrate Earth Day doing prairie restoration. Activities include brush removal, weed control and trash pickup. Call (847) 836-7443 or poplarcreekprairiestewards.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.
Illinois Doberman Rescue: Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, Family Dog Center of Crystal Lake, 6200 Berkshire Drive. Adoption event. ildoberescue.com.
Earth Day Celebration: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Features "A Tribute to Trees" from noon to 1:30 p.m., at which participants will receive an evergreen tree sapling to take home; community booths, green art displays, garden clubs, giveaways, organic refreshments compliments of Trader Joe's, the Field Museum's Renewable Energy Vehicle and a Community Pledge Tree from 1-3 p.m.; and a Green Concert and Picnic with musician Jack Kaufman from 3-4:30 p.m. For information or to register, call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.
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.
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
Arbor Day celebration: 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, Algonquin Middle School, 767 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. The city of Des Plaines observes Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony. (847) 391-5464.
Arbor Day planting: 9 a.m. Friday, April 24, Kinder House, 781 Pearson St., Des Plaines. The Des Plaines Park District and the Des Plaines Historical Society commemorate the life of Richard Gravesmill, Des Plaines Park District superintendent of finance from 1981-2001, and a Des Plaines History Center volunteer, with the planting of a tree. (847) 391-5708.
Arbor Day celebration: 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, Community Center, 250 W. Wood St., Palatine, east of the tennis courts on Mozart Street. Arbor Day celebration and tree planting. (847) 705-5140.
Commemorative Tree Planting: 11 a.m. to noon Friday, April 24, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Celebrate Arbor Day as the library plants a tree commemorating its 50th Anniversary. Refreshments will be served. Registration required. Call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.
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.
Earth Day exhibit: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, Bartlett Nature Center, Bartlett. Maps and artifacts of Indian villages near Bartlett, memorabilia of Red Knowles, more. Joan or Carol Ann at (630) 289-8592 or email@example.com.
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.
Cavalier Spring Fling Paw-ty: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. Guest speakers, pet items for sale, raffle, food, games. Hosted by the Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue, all Cavalier King Charles Spaniels welcome.
Poplar Creek Prairie Stewards: 9 a.m.-noon Sunday April 26, Shoe Factory Woods Forest Preserve parking lot, west side of Route 59 between Golf and Shoe Factory roads, Hoffman Estates. Celebrate Earth Day doing prairie restoration. Activities include brush removal, weed control and trash pickup. Call (847) 836-7443 or poplarcreekprairiestewards.org.
Orphans of the Storm benefit dinner: 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, Marriott's Lincolnshire Resort, Lincolnshire.
"Living a Pet Friendly Life."Guest Speakers are Margaret Littman (The Dog Lover's Companion Guide to Chicago) and Jamie Damato (Animal Sense, Dog Behaviorist). Cocktails, silent auction, dinner. $250. (847) 945-0235.
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 benefit 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.
Native Plant Sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Schaumburg Community Garden Club and Spring Valley Nature Center host. Native prairie plants, woodland wildflowers, grasses, native shrubs and other eco friendly gardening items. Find order forms at schaumburggardenclub.com. (847) 985-2100.
Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, May 4, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.
Four Seasons Garden Club: 9:30 a.m. Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway. Joyce Grattoni, past professor and chairwoman of the horticultural department at Harper College, creates a summer decoration for your front door. $25. Alena, (847) 438-3981.
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.
Free information seminar: 8-8:45 p.m. Thursday, May 7, Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital, 1056 W. Golf Road, Hoffman Estates."Toxins and Your Pet" by Dr. Sandy Behm. (847) 310-8668.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue garage sale: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday May 15 and Saturday, May 16, 1816 St. Andrews Drive, Vernon Hills. Small furniture, household items, children's clothing, baby items, toys, games, books, more.
Benefits rescued dogs. ourhouseofhoperescue.net or (773) 552-4673.
Long Grove-Kildeer 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.
Buffalo Grove Garden Club Plant Sale: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive Buffalo Grove. The sale will feature a variety of annual bedding plants, perennials, baskets, planters, accent plants, savory herbs, grasses and popular varieties of tomato plants. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and assist in selecting plant material. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
Four Paws Animal Foundation pet contest, bake sale: Registration from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 16, Banbury Fair, 211 Railroad Ave., Bartlett. Judging begins at 12:30 p.m. National Pet Week celebrations includes contests, bake sale, pet photos. For entry categories, to donate baked goods, or for information, call (630) 289-0478
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.
All Breed Lurecoursing Fun Day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. Two runs $15-additional runs $7 if preregistered; two runs $20- additional runs $7 walk-ins. Lunch available for purchase. firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, June 2, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.
Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.
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.
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.
South Barrington Park District Pet Fair: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, Arboretum Mall, routes 72 and 59 in South Barrington. Various pet businesses, local pet shops, veterinarians, animal communicator, animal massage therapy, adoption agencies, contests, training demonstrations, photos, prizes, more. For event information or to participate as a vendor, call (847) 381-7515.
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.
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 email@example.com.