Environmental Fair

May 20th from 12 to 3

Co-sponsored by the Village of Schaumburg Environmental Committee and Schaumburg Township District Library, the Environmental Fair invites all ages to learn how they can join their community in protecting the environment. Visit community organizations in the lobby, pick up a free tree, and attend environmental events and workshops throughout the day.

  • Recycle keys, eyeglasses and household batteries
  • Stop at Schaumburg's Environmental Committee booth and pick up a free Oak tree sapling provided by the "Restore the Canopy" program through the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.  Quantities are limited and you must be a Cook County resident.

Attend the sessions below to learn more about backyard birds, how weather events are formed, attracting pollinators to your yard and build a bird feeder.

    Backyard Birds and Bird Feeding

    12:00-1:00 pm
    Rasmussen North

    Many people derive enjoyment from feeding birds in their backyards and see them as a welcome addition to their home landscape. This presentation will discuss ways of setting up effective backyard feeding stations, plantings that improve habitat for birds, and attracting birds to nesting boxes. The program will also introduce many of our area’s common resident backyard birds along with common migrants, and provide some insight into the fascinating behaviors of many backyard birds.


    David Brooks

    David Brooks is employed by the Schaumburg Park District as Manager of Conservation Services, overseeing the operations of the Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm. Dave has presented programs to local garden clubs, service organizations, and adult continuing education students at Harper College and Roosevelt University that seek to expand awareness of Illinois’ natural landscape and help foster deeper connections to the land. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology & Outdoor Education from Northland College.

    Clouds, Thunderstorms and Tornadoes - Oh My!

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Rasmussen South

    Learn how these weather events form and how you should prepare for them.  There will be a hands-on workshop for children and adults to learn what conditions must be present for a cloud to form by creating a cloud in a bottle.


    Christine Krause

    Christine Krause served as a Meteorologist for the National Weather Service for 20 years supplying weather forecasts for northern Illinois, western Kansas and the Texas Panhandle.  Christine received her B.S. degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University and recently returned to Northern Illinois University to pursue a M.S. in Communications.



    Attracting Pollinators with Native Plants

    1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Rasmussen North

    This presentation will cover the diverse array of birds, butterflies and other species that can benefit from using native perennials on your property. Mark will discuss what plants to use to attract specific types of wildlife, and how to best maintain them.

    Mark Micek

    Mark’s interest in native plants stems from his love of wildlife and the natural landscape.  Mark is a Project Ecologist at Tallgrass Restoration and has Bachelor Degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from Chicago’s suburban Dominican University.  Employed at Tallgrass Restoration for over 15 years, Mark has a knack for erosion control projects and retrofitting retention and detention basins with native plants.  Mark works closely with private estate owners, Homeowner Associations and municipalities to restore and maintain natural areas throughout the Chicagoland area.

    Build a Bird Feeder Workshop

    (limited to 30 - Registration is required)

    1:30 - 3:00 pm

    Rasmussen South

    Birdfeeders are a great way to easily attract different types of birds to your yard. Birdfeeders make life easier for birds and create opportunities for the whole family to appreciate and learn more about nature.  Eagle Scout candidate, Garrett Glennon, will provide all the materials you need so you can assemble your bird feeder during this session. No tools needed but you must register in advance by calling the library at 847.985.4000.  . Guests will get to take their birdfeeders home with them.


    Garrett Glennon

    Garrett Glennon is a Boy Scout and Eagle Scout candidate in Troop 196 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Schaumburg.  Garret has been active in Troop 196 since 2012, earning 30 merit badges and serving most recently as Senior Patrol Leader.  Garret is coordinating and moderating this workshop as his service project for the rank of Eagle Scout.  His responsibilities include choosing a birdfeeder design, fundraising, purchasing the materials, preparing the components of 30 birdfeeders, and moderating and coordinating this session to help guests assemble their birdfeeders.


    For more information about the Environmental Fair, contact the village at 847-923-3855 or the library at 847-985-4000.


    Additional Resources

    Lobby Tables

    Learn about environmental organizations in the community, including:  Spring Valley Nature Center and Heritage Farm, Schaumburg Community Garden Club, Sierra Club, North Cook Master Gardeners, Hoffman Estates Garden Club, Recycling Avenue, Gifts of the World, Illinois Solar Energy Association and S.C.A.R.C.E.