You can help Mother Nature by getting your hands dirty or taking it easy.
By Madeline Nusser|
EVENT Earth Day WorkshopsPeggy Notebaert Nature Museum(2430 N Cannon Dr; urbanhabitatchicago.org). Sat 23, 9am–2pm; $10–$60. HELP MOTHER NATURE BY… If your ecofriendly to-do list needs to grow past “buy energy-saving lightbulbs,” try these five workshops. Learn methods of composting, gardening and recycling runoff water. LABOR INVOLVED 4/5 stars
EVENT “Smart Home”Museum of Science and Industry(5700 S Lake Shore Dr). Fri 22–Jan 8, 2012. HELP MOTHER NATURE BY… Even if no one lives in “Chicago’s Greenest Home,” you’ll still feel as if you’re snooping on your neighbor’s high-style, upcycled interior designed by Scout. LABOR INVOLVED 2/5 stars
EVENT Earth Day cleanup Parks including Simons Park, (1640 N Drake Ave; chicagoparkdistrict.com). Sat 23, 9–11am; free. HELP MOTHER NATURE BY… Various Chicago Park District green spaces are asking community members to stop by and help clean up. The park warns: Expect to get cold and dirty. LABOR INVOLVED 5/5 stars
EVENT Earth Day at Daley Plaza(50 W Washington St; cityofchicago.org); Fri 22, 11am–2pm; free. HELP MOTHER NATURE BY… The Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP) and its partners dole out swag and tell you how you can aid its cause. LABOR INVOLVED 2/5 stars