Tropical Treat Night at Garfield Park Conservatory, February 15th, 3PM

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Tropical Treat Night at Garfield Park Conservatory

Wednesday, February 15th

3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (stop by anytime)

300 N. Central Park

For more information, contact 312-746-5100.

Enjoy a tasty treat while learning about the “sweet plants” of the Conservatory. Fact and flavor stations will be staffed by educators throughout the Conservatory, featuring chocolate, chicle, vanilla, cinnamon, chewing gum, banana and more. Come taste your way through the tropical paradise.  Hands-on activities, including homemade paper ukuleles, Valentine’s day cards and more.

Chicago Cares Workday at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, February 11th, 9AM

Explore Garden Stewardship

Chicago Cares Workday at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

Saturday, February 11th

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

3501 N. Kilbourn

For more information, contact 773-685-3359.

Kilbourn Park is home to the Park District’s only organic facility. There is a large greenhouse and a variety of gardens to work in. You will help plant, create new beds, and maintain the indoor and outdoor areas. Projects are held inside of the greenhouse during inclement weather.  All necessary tools will be provided.

Shedd’s Sustainable Seafood Cooking Class for Kids, February 9th, 7:30PM

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Shedd’s Sustainable Seafood Cooking Class for Kids

Thursday, February 9th

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Dirk’s Fish and Gourmet Shop

2070 N Clybourn

For more information, contact

Did you know your seafood choices can have a big impact on the health of our waters? Everyone can make a differe

Working Bikes Cooperative Volunteer Night, Jan 31st, 5PM

Explore Bike Maintenance

Tuesday, January 31st

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Working Bikes, 2434 S. Western Ave

No registration necessary.  For more information, contact

Come out and learn about bike maintenance at Working Bikes, a local non-profit that diverts bicycles from the waste stream by repairing them for sale and charity.  Have a fun-filled night and learn how to keep any bike running smoothly.

Featured Event! Friends of the Parks MLK Jr. Service Day at Whistler Woods, Jan 16th, 9AM

Explore Outdoor Stewardship

Monday, January 16th

Whistler Woods, S Halsted St & W 134th St.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

RSVP to Mary Eileen Sullivan at

Join Friends of the Parks and Calumet Is My Backyard (C.I.M.B.Y.) at Whistler Woods to celebrate Martin Luther King Day by providing stewardship work.  Volunteers will be doing various outdoor stewardship activities to restore the woods.  Dress in layers and be prepared to get your hands dirty.

C3 Leader Tameka Flowers: Getting 2 Know Green 101- Clean Up and Workshop, July 30

Getting 2 Know Green
Saturday, July 30
Meet at 13th and Homan
RSVP required:

Join neighbors and organizations from the North Lawndale Community for Getting 2 Know Green 101.
Provide a clean up to the area near the Douglass Branch Library, 13th
Street Play Lot, CYC Community Center, and Village West Housing
Development. Win a free paper recycling bin designed by artists from Paperwerx Inc. and Neuro Kitchen Arts Collaborative.
Free Lunch and Discussion….All Ages Welcome!!!
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C3 and CSI talk with WBEZ about Hegewisch Marsh

Joann Podkul of CSI

Check out this great coverage of C3 and Calumet Stewardship Initiative volunteers working in vernal pools at Hegewisch Marsh over the weekend. Michael Puente from WBEZ joined us to help uncover the great restoration and open space preservation work happening in the area.

Greencorps Calumet

This work would not be possible without the dedicated investment and leadership from community leaders (who are also C3 leaders) like Joann Podkul and Kevin Murphy of the Calumet Stewardship Initiative, Sharon Rolek of the Calumet Ecological Park Association and many more. Thank you to everyone that helped to make the day a great experience for all!

Vernal pool planting

To get involved in stewardship opportunities throughout Chicago in unique and beautiful nature areas right in your backyard, visit the C3 event calendar

Get Tuned Up for Bike to Work Week, June 11-17

Image courtesy of Active Trans

Photo: Jason Greenberg

Join the Active Transportation Alliance for the 2011 Bike to Work Week Commuter Challenge! Re-discover the joys of cycling and explore the utility and ease of cycling in an urban environment! Tone your muscles, support improve air quality, reduce your carbon output and make new friends. All of these benefits and more can be discovered next week during the Bike to Work Week Commuter Challenge. Don’t stop there, keep the momentum by riding through the summer and maybe even until the Winter Bike to Work Week Challenge in 2012!

Be sure to stop in your local bike shop this week and get ready for the ride.

Hope to see you out there.

Photo: Jason Greenberg

Featured Event! Restoration Workday at Hegewisch Marsh-Saturday, June 11

Photo credit: Ryan Wilson

Saturday, June 11
9:00 am -12:00 pm
Meet at 13250 S. Torrence
RSVP: Jerry Attere, 312-744-9136

Dress in work clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit soggy and muddy.

Did you know that the Calumet Region is one of the most bio-diverse locations in our region and home to an astounding – 2,250+ species of plants and animals including threatened species like the black crown night heron and pie-billed grebes ! That’s more species diversity than Brookfield Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium, and Lincoln Park Zoo COMBINED!

Please join the Calumet Stewardship Initiative, the Department of Environmental and C3 for a unique restoration workday at Hegewisch Marsh. We will be helping with vernal pool planting, an opportunity only available in early summer. If you have yet to be a part of a workday in Calumet, please do not miss this opportunity to protect and support one of the most lovely and unique region in our fair city.

This is a great opportunity for students, families and nature lovers alike to gain hands-on experience in a beautiful nature area. Please join us!

Featured Event! NHS Chicago NeighborWorks Day tomorrow. Come out to Humboldt Park for an added bonus- Sustainable Backyard Demos!

Photo courtesy of NHS Chicago

Volunteer for a NeighborWorks Day project on Saturday, June 4!
Join in the fun during NHS’ 24th Annual NeighborWorks Day on Saturday, June 4. Volunteers are needed to paint, plant, clean vacant lots, landscape and garden.

During National NeighborWorks® Week, tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors and friends will be volunteering across the country in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.

Come on out to the NeighborWorks site near you! Breakfast, lunch and a NeighborWorks t-shirt will be provided. RSVP to Lindsey Hammond or (773) 329-4133

Dreaming for Drake- West Humboldt Park
8:15 AM: 500 and 600 blocks of North Drake Ave. – Volunteers needed to paint porches, perform small repairs, plant vegetable, flowers and bushes, spread mulch and grass seed.

12:30 PM: Attend a Free Sustainable Backyard Workshopat the NHS Chicago WHP Neighborhood Center 3601 W. Chicago Ave. This program offered in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Environment and Chicago Conservation Corps volunteers provides instruction and demonstration on the use of Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Planting a Rain Garden and more. Prizes & Rebates for up to 50% on Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Trees and Native Plants will be available.
RSVP for workshop: or 773-329-4127

Living History – North Lawndale- Village West between 3400 & 3500 block W 13th Street near Homan- Beautification and Community Garden Enhancement – North Lawndale is home to more than 20 community gardens. Work will be done in one of the most famous, the African Gardens. Murals and plaques commemorating moments in North Lawndale’s history will be created and installed. Volunteers and residents will paint fencing around Village West Homes and plant flowers and plants around the walkways. There will be a cookout in the African Garden for all the residents and volunteers to celebrate the finished project.

Community Canvas – Back of the Yards/Garfield Boulevards- 2200 to 1700 W. 49th Street- Community Mural – Volunteers from local community organizations and residents will prepare this area for a new community mural. We will prime the surfaces with white primer, clean the debris in front of the wall and replace it with mulch. Murals will be painted during the course of the summer.

Roseland: A Neighborhood in Bloom – Roseland- 0-40 W. 108th street block- Beautification Project -We will work side-by-side with residents to beautify this block. Join us for painting fences and porches, cleaning a vacant lot and planting flowers. Stop by the Open Houses for our newly rehabbed NSP properties on the block.

Block by Block – West Englewood- Resource Fair and Beautification -NHS will host a resource fair and flower planting at a local church within the growing Block Club Network. Join us for planting flowers and small shrubs in the triangles at the corners of each participating block club network and for seniors who need assistance. Help us celebrate two newly formed Block Clubs!

Neighborhoods of Promise: A Showcase of Homes – Chicago Lawn/Gage Park- St. Rita Church 6243 S. Fairfield & St. Mary Star of the Sea Church 6435 S. Kilbourn-These community institutions will hold a “Showcase of Homes” for sale in the neighborhood. There will be opportunities for interested people to visit high quality and affordable homes in a designated area in the parish. Volunteers will help with registration and helping to ensure the event runs smoothly.

Empowering Our Community – Auburn Gresham/Englewood- 449 West 79th Street- Housing Resource Sidewalk Fair -Volunteers are needed to help canvass the neighborhood with information about NeighborWorks Day 2012 and NHS. Everyone is invited to meet the “new” Neighborhood Director! Mini workshops will be offered as well as one-on-one counseling with NHS staff.

Winners of the C3 River Day Challenge Announced

C3 volunteers across the city came out in droves in support of the 19th annual Chicago River Day! Nearly 125 C3 leaders, teachers, students and staff worked on 10 different riverside clean-up locations to demonstrate their dedication to a healthy and functioning river ecosystem.

C3 volunteers from the north and south sides of Chicago organized their regions in a spirited stewardship competition. The region with the greatest C3 representation on River Day will go home the winner. An added bonus, one C3er from each region was entered into a raffle to win a prize generously donated from two local Chicago businesses.

And now, to announce the winners

The winning region of the C3 River Day Challenge is….
THE SOUTH SIDE REGION and all the participants from the following sites:
Origins Park
Riverside Mall
18th Street
Orange Line Ashland stop

The south side winner of the the FREE BIKE TUNE-UP from Blue City Cycles in Bridgeport is C3 leader: WYLANDA HARRIS!

The north side winner of a 50$ gift certificate from Crust Organic Eatery is C3 trainee in the most recent leadership training course: ANNA HUTTEL!


Thank you so much to all who participated in the event! A big thank you to Friends of the Chicago River for hosting a great event! An extra special thanks to Blue City Cycles and Crust Organic Pizzeria for the generous donations.

Chicago River Named the 4th Most Endangered

Repost from Friends of the Chicago River Executive Director Margaret Frisbie.

This morning American Rivers named the Chicago River 4th on its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers because of the continued release of undisinfected sewage effluent from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s (MWRD) sewage treatment plants. This archaic practice leaves recreators at risk from human sewage-based pathogens that can cause illness, especially in children.

American Rivers called on the Illinois Pollution Control Board to approve the proposed water quality standards for the Chicago River that have not been reviewed in more than two decades. These standards would require the MWRD to disinfect sewage effluent. Last week, US EPA said many portions of the river could and should be clean enough for swimming.

Find out what you can do to support the river and take action

Partners in Most Endangered River include Friends of the Chicago River, Environmental Law & Policy Center and Natural Resources Defense Council.

Garlic Mustard Pull Mondays in Eggers Woods Throughout the Month of May

Garlic Mustard is one of the most aggressive invasive plants in our region. Support the ecological health and diversity of our open lands and green space by getting involved in Garlic Mustard Pull Challenge!

Join in the Garlic Mustard Pull Mondays at Eggers Woods each Monday until May 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Contact site steward John Pastirik if you plan to attend (773) 991-0613. Eggers Woods is located at East 112th street and Ave. E in the Calumet Region.

This event is a part of the 10 Ward Green Summit, which is a month long effort to highlight the many green initiatives as a result of direct community action to create a healthier and more sustainable region.

Blue City Cycles and Crust Organic Pizzeria Support C3ers on Chicago River Day

We want to give a big shout out to Crust Organic Pizzeria and Blue City Cycles for their support of the C3 River Day Challenge! C3 volunteers and supporters are encouraged to sign for Chicago River Day this Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at riverside locations throughout Chicago.
C3 will be participating at the following sites:
Origins Park
CTA Orange Line
Riverside Mall
18th street
Eugene Park
Fullerton Ave
Lathrop Trail
Berteau Ave
and more!

All participating C3 volunteers will be entered into a raffle with the chance to win some super cool prizes from the local businesses.
North side volunteers could win a gift certificate to Crust in Wicker Park
South side volunteers could win a free bike tune at Blue City Cycles in Bridgeport.
Everybody wins on Chicago River Day. Sign up before it’s too late! If you do sign up, be sure to check in with C3 before so you can get credit for your participation. See you out there!

Raffle winners will be announced Friday, May 20

Weatherization Workshop at Green Tech U Tomorrow: 1.27.2011

Greencorps trainee Darlene Pope demonstrates weatherization techniques

Arctic winds, drafty doorways and high energy costs got you down this winter?

You don’t have to battle the icy temperatures alone. Join the Chicago Conservation Corps, eZing, Greencorps Chicago and the Chicago Green Homes Program for this fun, hands-on weatherization workshop.

We will show you the DIY tricks of the trade and provide you with your very own complimentary weatherization kit.

Please RSVP in advance, SPACE IS LIMITED. or 312-746-9642

Please limit one kit per household
This workshop is limited to Chicago residents only.