We are lucky enough to have several incredible outdoor spaces in the Glen Ellyn area. This is why we have developed a variety of activities centered around just getting out and enjoying nature.

Greener Glen Ellyn

Learn about environmental issues impacting our community and ways to be “greener” at home >

Nature Classes

View current Nature Program offerings >

Free Guided Nature Walks

View the free Guided Nature Walks schedule >

Earth Day Fair (Free) 

The Earth Day Fair has fun for the whole family! Enjoy live music and food, join an eco-info session, and visit with “green” organizations to learn about a variety of environmental initiatives. Stop and shop with local sustainable vendors. Go on a guided walk, purchase a rain barrel, let the kid’s wander through earthy activity stations, or rent a canoe or kayak to paddle around Lake Ellyn. Presented by Glen Ellyn Park District and SCARCE.

Date/Time: Sunday, April 26, 1pm-4pm
Location: Lake Ellyn Park
Fee: Free for all ages
For more information, please visit the SCARCE website > 

Gardening for Pollinators Workshop

Do you want to help declining pollinators but are not sure where to start? This workshop, sponsored in part by the Glen Ellyn Park District, aims to inspire and inform homeowners. Learn about different pollinators such as butterflies, moths, bees, and hummingbirds. Learn what food and structure they need. Understand which types of plants are important and how your landscape can be both attractive and provide habitat. See examples of plants during an outdoor tour and learn where you can purchase them. Listen to different presenters, enjoy a light meal, and receive a plant.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 25, 6pm-9pm
Location: College of DuPage
Fee: $10
Register by June 23 >

Sustainable Garden Tour & Native Plant Sale

Visit gardens that showcase examples of green features, such as native plants, compost bins, rain barrels and stormwater solutions, wildlife habitat, and vegetable gardens. The tour will kick-off at Lake Ellyn Boathouse with a brief presentation at 9am. Maps with addresses will be provided then and you will have until 12pm to complete the self-guided tour. Native plants and rain barrels will also be available for purchase that morning. Registration is available through July 10, 12pm, at a discounted rate. A limited number of “day-of” tickets will be available at the Boathouse. Presented by Glen Ellyn Park District, Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission and The Conservation Foundation.

Date/Time: Saturday, July 11, 9am-12pm
Location: Lake Ellyn Boathouse
Register: Click here to register for the Sustainable Garden Tour