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Y.O.U. group after Harbert planting

Planting the sun and the moon

A Y.O.U. afterschool group from Edison Elementary joined us Thursday to plant wildflowers and grasses around the Harbert Park overlook....
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Weeding the Civic Center garden

Messiness is beautiful

Habitat gardens may look messy, but hidden among the browning vegetation are seeds and berries and bugs that are part of a complex web of life....
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Planting at the Ladd Arboretum

A perfect day for planting

Community members came out today to help plant wildflowers and grasses in the Ladd Arboretum's new sun garden, an area behind the Ecology Center where non-native and invasive trees have been cleared to create a sunny patch where prairie plants will t...
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Oaktober logo from Chicago Region Trees Initiative

A time to plant: Oaktober at the Ladd Arboretum

Oak Awareness Month each October is a statewide effort to raise awareness of the value of the region's native oak ecosystems. Oak trees are not only beautiful and long-lived—they also are the most important tree for birds and butterflies....
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“It is what you do for your community that counts”

Young people from Y.O.U. (Youth and Opportunity United) will be at Twiggs Park on October 3, planting around the overlook deck. The park was dedicated on another October day, in 1986, to the memory of William H. Twiggs (1865-1960) in honor of his co...
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Teamwork - Sheila and Tom raking mulch in the arboretum

How you can get involved this fall

Volunteers are welcome to join the City of Evanston's North Shore Channel Habitat Project as we create, restore, and care for bird habitat along the channel and in the demonstration garden in front of the Civic Center....
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Western sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis) in the Civic Center Bird Garden

Take a tour of the Civic Center bird garden

We created the bird habitat garden in Spring 2017 as the North Shore Channel Habitat Project kicked off as a vivid demonstration of the attractions of gardening with plants native to this region—and of the City of Evanston's commitment to expanding...
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A 1903 pamphlet from the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association

Who was Harbert?

What does Harbert Park have to do with the right to vote?  It's named for suffragist and early Evanstonian Elizabeth Boynton Harbert (1843-1925)....
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Harbert Park clearing begins

Reviving natural areas in urban settings sometimes starts with chainlink fences and broken bottles. On Saturday, a group of volunteers came out to start the process in Harbert Park....
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