In a first for Evanston, the community’s environmentally-themed party will feature an exclusive, after-hours look at the Evanston Ecology Center, where partygoers can enjoy music, raffle prizes, and the best in local food and craft beer offerings.  

Nature’s Night Out (formerly the Green Ball) has a new name and location, but the cause is the same: to support the Evanston Ecology Center. Presented by the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the City of Evanston, Nature’s Night Out takes place from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on May 18 at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Tickets are available at evanstonenvironment.org/party.

“If you live in Evanston, this is a perfect opportunity to support the Ecology Center and have a lot of fun,” EEA President Dick Peach said. “Your support makes a difference in peoples’ lives. That’s why we’re holding this bash at the Ecology Center – so people can see how their support has contributed to making a beautiful Evanston resource for anyone interested in protecting the planet.”

 Proceeds support the Evanston Ecology Center. This environmental resource provides plant and animal classes, snowshoe rentals, popular eco-summer camps, and fun events such as bird-watching, canoe trips and an eco-Halloween party.

This fun and festive celebration of Evanston’s green community features:

Food: Free food and drink from the best local restaurants, caterers and breweries, including Hecky’s Barbecue, Koi, Peckish Pig, Temperance Beer Co and many more.

Music: A DJ will cater to partygoers’ musical tastes and take requests from the dance floor.

Prizes: Partygoers can win excellent raffle prizes, including a kayak tour and gift certificate from Uncle Dan’s, a free adult bicycle from Everyday Cycles & Motion; $100 worth of gardening tools/garden vegetables from Russo Power Equipment and Nature’s Perspective, a free kids birthday party at the Ecology Center, an Artisanal Pizza Party from Central Pizza Pie, and a package to start a bee hive.

Bee hive tours: Guests can also buy tickets to don a bee-keeper’s suit for tours of the Ecology Center bee hives. The two apiary tours are offered at 5:30 p.m. on May 18, and at 10:30 a.m. on June 10.

More information is available at evanstonenvironment.org/party.