Twig detective Photo from Allison Sloan

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Beginning April 20, a week of online events created by a collaboration among the City of Evanston, Citizens Greener Evanston and several local environmental groups will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Some of these groups will also be sharing online resources that to be used at home and shared with family – and stay sane during this tough time. The City’s website, and CGE’s Facebook page will have details and updates.

Here are some events and activities:

April 22, 7-9 p.m. Earth Day at 50 Years – a Celebration in Evanston.  Welcome by Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty, words from State Rep. Robyn Gabel and lots of online activities.

April 24, noon-1 p.m. Evanston Virtual Earth Day Dialogue. During this lunchtime webinar, sustainability professionals will discuss the legacy of Earth Day, the current health pandemic, and what steps we should take to keep climate conversations moving forward. Registration at

Backyard BioBlitz challenge to  and identify as many species as possible within a given area and time period. 

Activities for kids with the Evanston Loves Nature Coloring Book


The 10-Second Film Festival of short videos focused on nature and positive environmental practices. This year, anyone can submit a family friendly video by April 23.


One Earth Mini Film Fest with great environmental films throughout the week.

Chalk a Tree Walk, celebrating the 50th Earth Day and the 148th Arbor Day. Allison Sloan, steward of Harbert Park trees and leader of monthly tree walks when conditions permit, asks residents to use sidewalk chalk to identify trees in parkways, yards or neighborhood parks to  create an artistic tree walk for all to learn about the many tree species in Evanston’s urban forest. Photos and tree-identification questions and be posted on the EvanstonTrees or Natural Habitat Evanston Facebook pages.