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Fullersburg Woods offers eco program for April

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Eco 30 at Fullersburg Transformation Tuesdays: simple changes to become greener will be posted each Tuesday in April at facebook.com/fullersburgwoods Fullersbird Fridays: Naturalist-led hikes from 7:30-9:30 a.m. each Friday in April allow for the opportunity to see how the diversity of birds in a forest preserve changes during the spring migration; adults only Kids Happy Hour: 1-3 p.m. April 5 and 12; earth- and kid-friendly activities and crafts offered in the lower level of the visitor center; Organic Gardening: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. April 6; ages 16 and older; Forest Fitness Walk: 8:30-10 a.m. each Monday in April; a brisk walk with a naturalist; Homemade 101: 6:30-8 p.m. April 9; a chance to test simple alternatives against commercial products, get recipes and samples, and learn about the benefits of green cleaning; ages 16 and older; Geocaching — Cache In-Trash Out Volunteer Workday and Passport Release: 9 a.m. to noon April 12; a chance to learn about restoration techniques and the latest trends in geocaching; Ages 8 and older; under 18 with an adult; Design Your Veggie Garden: 11 a.m. to noon, April 13; a lesson on how to optimize space and yields and minimize crowding; ages 16 and older; Worms Eat My Garbage — Vermicomposting Workshop: 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 23; a chance to learn how worms transform organic waste into soil through a hands-on composting class. Ages 16 and older; Bike Your Preserve: noon to 2 p.m. April 27; After a bicycle safety check from a DuPage forest preserve police officer, there will be a 5-mile bike ride along the trails; all ages; under 18 with an adult.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is turning April into an event at Fullersburg Woods that celebrates the ecosystem through a series of programs aimed at teaching people more about living green.

Eco 30 is the name of the new Fullersburg Event, which includes programs both with forest preserve naturalists and other staff and self-guided tours.

“This is something new for us this year because we decided we wanted to offer several programs during April,” said Abby Dean, a naturalist who works at Fullersburg Woods.

“Earth Day is celebrated April 22, but supporting our environment is important every day. It’s really important to be conscientiousness every day; it’s all about sustainability.”

Dean said offering more programs in April gives people the chance to visit Fullersburg more often.

“The programming has shifted more to educating the public,” she said. “It’s a call to action for everyone. We aim to inspire visitors with fun activities and share new ideas throughout the month.”

Some of the programs for Eco 30 are usual for Fullersburg; others have been created specially for the event, including a Recycling Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to noon April 26.

“That’s a great opportunity to recycle some things that usually are difficult to recycle,” Dean said.

A Picture Your Preserve Nature Photography contest also is planned. Images from a DuPage County forest preserve may be submitted by April 1. During April, visitors will be asked to vote for their favorites by photographers ages 6-17 and 18 and over. Submissions should be unframed 8x10 inch prints. The winner from each age group will remain on display through the rest of the year. Contest rules are available online at http://dupageforest.org/Category.pb.aspx?pageid=0&id=7592.

Some of the Eco 30 activities have a fee and require advance registration. For more information call 630-850-8110.

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Eco 30 at Fullersburg Transformation Tuesdays: simple changes to become greener will be posted each Tuesday in April at facebook.com/fullersburgwoods Fullersbird Fridays: Naturalist-led hikes from 7:30-9:30 a.m. each Friday in April allow for the opportunity to see how the diversity of birds in a forest preserve changes during the spring migration; adults only Kids Happy Hour: 1-3 p.m. April 5 and 12; earth- and kid-friendly activities and crafts offered in the lower level of the visitor center; Organic Gardening: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. April 6; ages 16 and older; Forest Fitness Walk: 8:30-10 a.m. each Monday in April; a brisk walk with a naturalist; Homemade 101: 6:30-8 p.m. April 9; a chance to test simple alternatives against commercial products, get recipes and samples, and learn about the benefits of green cleaning; ages 16 and older; Geocaching — Cache In-Trash Out Volunteer Workday and Passport Release: 9 a.m. to noon April 12; a chance to learn about restoration techniques and the latest trends in geocaching; Ages 8 and older; under 18 with an adult; Design Your Veggie Garden: 11 a.m. to noon, April 13; a lesson on how to optimize space and yields and minimize crowding; ages 16 and older; Worms Eat My Garbage — Vermicomposting Workshop: 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 23; a chance to learn how worms transform organic waste into soil through a hands-on composting class. Ages 16 and older; Bike Your Preserve: noon to 2 p.m. April 27; After a bicycle safety check from a DuPage forest preserve police officer, there will be a 5-mile bike ride along the trails; all ages; under 18 with an adult.
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