Earth Day ~ Arbor Day 2014
Earth Day ~ Arbor Day in 2014 was a
great day for children, adults, and participants and provided a
great day for learning about the world outside. We
appreciate the efforts of the Konow Family for all their
assistance to help prepare for the May 17 event. Visitors
enjoyed a variety of live exhibits and performances showing a
wide range of animals, birds, and reptiles. The
“Green Market” provided hand made products from nature and
recycled material. The Village of Homer Glen’s Earth Day
Arbor Day Committee is pleased to be able to offer free pony
rides, free hands on activities, free admission and parking.
The Committee is very grateful to many sponsors who made
financial contributions and other donations to the Earth Day ~
Arbor Day Celebration and the support of the Village of Homer
Earth Day ~ Arbor Day 2013
Mother Nature provided the Earth Day ~ Arbor
Day Celebration with perfect weather on Saturday, May 18. The
Visitor attendance increased again in 2013 with children and
adults finding more activities, demonstrations, and a variety of
animals. The “Green Market” featured exhibitors who created
their own products using earth friendly materials, recycled
items, and nature themes. Earth Day ~ Arbor Day is an
educational event and a fun way to learn to value and appreciate
the outdoor environment.
Earth Day ~ Arbor Day 2012
Homer Glen's motto of "Community and
Nature in Harmony" was on full display Saturday, May 19, when
the Village's annual Earth Day - Arbor Day celebration drew
large crowds to enjoy the weather and activities at Konow Farm.
Earth Day ~ Arbor Day 2011
The Earth Day ~ Arbor Day Celebration was
held from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the historic Konow Farm, 16849 S.
Cedar Road and will include speakers, demonstrations, exhibits,
food and more for all ages.
Children were able
to meet "H.G. the Talking Tree," while Jim Nesci will entertain
with his "Cold Blooded Creatures" including "Bubba" the
alligator. Big Run Wolf Ranch entertained with a wildlife
education presentation introducing Wilson the groundhog, Kirby
the skunk, Shorty the raccoon, and Chenoa the grey wolf.
Konow's farm animal friends joined in on the fun, too, and
Pilcher Park Nature Center volunteers will offer information
about the live snakes and turtles. Prairie State Nature Programs
featured a live barn owl and talked about the endangered
American Barn Owl.
Boy Scout Troop 63 exhibited camping
techniques that "Leave No Trace Behind." Brian Skrabutenas
of Homer Township demonstrated his blacksmith skills and
personalized horse shoes for the visitors. Children were
able to participate in the u-pick your own veggies from the
Lauffer Growers traveling vegetable rows. The whole family
enjoyed a ride around the farm on a hay wagon.
Landscape, yard care and safe cleaning
methods were featured. The Morton Arboretum shared
information on energy efficient landscaping, tree selection, and
the benefits of trees. Will County Master Gardeners were
on hand to answer your gardening questions. The latest
techniques regarding orchids were demonstrated by the company
called Anything Orchids who brought a variety of orchids they
Demonstrations and exhibits pertaining to
energy efficient lighting, geothermal, wind and solar power
educated about the latest energy saving possibilities.
Bloom Township High School displayed the school's mobile version
of their award winning invention that filters particulates from
waste cooking oil and uses this product as a fuel.
Transportation enthusiasts admired electric
bicycles, fuel efficient, electric, hybrid and alternative fuel
vehicles. Also, antique cars were on display such as the 1910
Stanley Steamer and several Model A Fords, which showed Homer
Glen's appreciation for preserving the past. The
dedication of the historical Tilsy Barn at the Konow Farm was
scheduled at noon.
A donation drawing featured plants, trees,
gardening items, and Lanie, the American Girl Doll.
Proceeds benefited the Village of Homer Glen tree fund.
Those in attendance could receive free light
bulbs, seeds, radon test kits, and stickers. Local
produce, flowering plants, many eco-friendly products and items
made from recycled materials were available for purchase.
Guests could bring cell phones, CFL light
bulbs, eye glasses, keys, and pop top tabs to place in the
readily available re-cycle bins.
Earth Day ~ Arbor Day 2010
The Village of
Homer Glen and Homer Township hosted a free Earth Day-Arbor
Day celebration on Saturday, May 22, with plenty of
activities planned for families.
Earth Day ~ Arbor Day 2009
In celebration of National Earth
Day/Arbor Day, Saturday, April 25, the Village of Homer
Glen's Environment and Parks & Recreation Committees planted
a 6' Bur Oak Tree at Stonebridge Park, with the help of Cub
Scout Pack #62.
Earth Day ~ Arbor Day 2008
In keeping with the Village's motto of "Community
and Nature in Harmony", on January 8, 2008 the Village Board
proclaimed April 26, 2008 as Earth Day/Arbor Day.
This was an opportunity for the Village to gather
as a community to celebrate and actively preserve our environment.