Past Events
  • 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 Glen.



  • 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 grow.


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.