Earth Day Celebration Planned

A press release from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County:


CRYSTAL LAKE – On Saturday, April 18th, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will once again co-sponsor the county-wide Earth Day Celebration with the McHenry County Conservation District from11 am–4 pm at MCCD’s Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake.

The event is held both indoors and out and will go on rain or shine!

Defenders LogoA regular service by the Defenders at this annual event is the opportunity for people to bring in
hard-to-recycle items.

With the help of their partner, Chicago Logistic Services, the Defenders will accept electronics & small appliances (microwaves MUST be clean, no smoke detectors, no medical devices, no console TVs) clean Styrofoam™, packing peanuts, re-useable bubble wrap, Christmas lights, fluorescent tubes, athletic shoes, clothing, VHS tapes, CDs, cassettes, and household batteries will also be collected. A donation is requested to offset the costs of recycling these items.

There will be a lot going on in addition to recycling:

  • Live Music, including TWO performances by Joe Reilly at 11:45 am & 2:30 pm
  • Guided Nature Hikes
  • Puppet Shows
  • Games and Crafts
  • Over 20 Environmental Exhibitors

Food & Beverage Vendors on site or bring your own “No waste” picnic lunch.

Carpool to the event with friends to enter the raffle for a free picnic shelter reservation.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 45-year-old not-for-profit citizen organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment. Recycling activities began almost from the organization’s inception, because it was one of the best ways to handle the growing solid waste problem. It also served as a source of funds for the group’s educational activities. For more information on the Defenders, visit


Earth Day Celebration Planned — 1 Comment

  1. We enjoy this event every year.

    It was great with our children when they were younger, now we enjoy it as adults.

    There are nice short hiking places the start right at the parking lot.

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