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.