LISLE, IL (April 16, 2013) – Join us for EcoFest, Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and meet the experts from EcoMyths Alliance and The Morton Arboretum as they bust some common ecological misconceptions and share tips on making the world a greener, healthier and more beautiful place. This event is free with Arboretum admission.
"EcoFest is an opportunity for visitors to connect with and understand the world around us in a new way," says Kate Sackman, president of EcoMyths Alliance. "By talking directly with experts and getting hands-on, visitors will walk away with new and practical ideas about how to make their own lives more eco-friendly."
EcoFest includes an improv show, demonstrations, guided tours and booths. From 11 a.m. to noon, have fun and learn ecological facts as Improv Playhouse takes the stage, using a series of games to bust ecological myths and respond to audience questions.
Demonstrations will happen each half hour throughout EcoFest. Topics include "Variety is the Spice of Life: Biodiversity," presented by the Field Museum; "Fishing for the Facts: Flushing Medications," presented by the Alliance for Great Lakes; "The Truth about Green Gardening," "Stump the Scientist" and "How to Plant a Tree," presented by Arboretum staff; and "Bats," presented by EcoMyths Alliance.
Tours will also occur each half hour. At 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. join us for a pruning walk. At noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., take a walk around Meadow Lake to learn about sustainable design. And, at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. join us for a special 30-minute tram tour focused on tree myths.
At the booths, visitors can pose their plant questions to staff from the Arboretum's Plant Clinic and Community Trees and learn about EAB, tree myths and wildlife in urban forests. Garden enthusiasts can dig into energy-efficient gardening, composting and starting vegetables from seed. Artists can learn how to create a found object sketch book. Plus, discover what a woodland steward is, learn bird watching basics and meet folks from Alliance for the Great Lakes and The Wetlands Initiative.
There are booths designed for kids, too! Children can turn trash into treasures by making crafts from recyclables, take part in water games and use microscopes to identify plants.
EcoFest is sponsored by EcoMyths Alliance and The Morton Arboretum in partnership with The Field Museum, Alliance for the Great Lakes, College of DuPage and The Wetlands Initiative.
BMO Harris Bank is the Contributing Sponsor for Arbor Week at The Morton Arboretum.
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children's Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Visitor experiences include the open-air tram ride, guided walks, Arbor Day celebrations, concerts, art shows, Fall Color Festival, and special exhibits. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves more than 35,600 members. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.
Nonmember admission rates to The Morton Arboretum are $12 for adults ages 18-64 ($8 on Wednesday), $11 for seniors ages 65 and over ($7 on Wednesday), $9 for children ages 2-17 ($6 on Wednesday) and free for children under age 2. Parking is free with admission.
About EcoMyths Alliance
EcoMyths Alliance partners with over 20 of the most well respected environmental institutions in Chicago and the U.S. to write and publish articles, cartoons, and radio shows that debunk environmental myths. Their witty cartoons circulate on the internet and are linked to an easy to understand article on the EcoMyths' website (www.ecomythsalliance.org) with "one green thing" a person can do. EcoMyths changes peoples' understanding of the environment by making it personally relevant and entertaining.