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Rainy Earth Day

By Rachelle Bowden in News on Apr 22, 2005 3:19PM

2005_04_umbrella.jpgUsually Chicagoist is all for getting outside on Earth Day and planting a tree or cleaning up a park.. but this year.. uh.. have you looked outside. Ick. We're staying in.

For those of you who love the earth more than us and aren't as big of sissies, there are a few things going on in honor of Earth Day that you may want to get in on.

The Brookfield Zoo (home of the horny penguin) is having an Earth Day "extravaganza" today and tomorrow. The event features a behind the scenes look at how the zoo is working to protect our plant, a chance to talk with zookeepers, a peek at the zoo's high-tech facilities, music and games. You'll also be able to help manage some of the zoo's forested areas by helping plan acorns and pull envasive garlic mustard plants.

The Notebaert Nature Museum has a month of free activities planned to celebrate Earth Day. We think the ones on rooftop gardens, shopping green, conservation look worthwhile.

Don't forget that tomorrow is the first day of the City's new battery recycling program with drop-off sites at all Chicago Public Library branches and Walgreens stores.

And finally, one that Chicagoist can get in on while we're sitting here in cubeland - Today is National Clean Out Your Files Day... but don't forget to recycle all that paper & plastic!