Environmental Fair

Join Schaumburg’s Environmental Committee at the Schaumburg Township District Library, located at 130 S. Roselle Road, on Saturday, on May 12 from noon until 3 p.m. to learn how you can help protect the environment. 

Exhibitors will be available in the lobby to answer questions and provide information on their programs and projects that impact the environment every day.    Participants can visit with community environmental organizations such as Start Seeing Monarchs (School District 54), North Cook Master Gardeners, Poplar Creek Prairie Stewards, Schaumburg Bicycle Club, Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary & Heritage Farm, Hoffman Estates Garden Club, S.C.A.R.C.E., Schaumburg Community Garden Club, VOS Environmental Committee, The Tomato Lady, Sierra Club, Schaumburg Township District Library, Gifts of the World and the Illinois Solar Energy Association.   

Attend presentations about Monarch butterflies and weather extremes like the microburst that Schaumburg residents experienced this summer. Participants can also learn how to build a Monarch rearing cage and a bird house with an Eagle Scout candidate. A drawing for a free rain barrel will take place at the village’s Environmental Committee booth in the lobby of the library.

Help Conserve the Monarch!

Discover what it takes to become a monarch butterfly steward – it’s easier than you think!  Participants will learn how collect monarch eggs and raise them through various stages of development:  from eggs, to caterpillar, to releasing adult butterflies at home.  You’ll learn the critical importance of including milkweed when planting and maintaining a monarch-attracting habitat.  And, you’ll be shown how to collect milkweed to feed and nurture the growing caterpillars through their molting and chrysalis stages.  Participants will learn how they can build rearing cages out of disposable household items and how to keep them clean and maintained.  A detailed instruction book titled “How to Raise Monarchs” by Carol Pasternak will be available for purchase for $10.00.

Build a Monarch Rearing Cage Workshop

If you build it, you can raise them.  Be part of the effort to conserve and build the monarch population. Come get your hands dirty during this hands-on session, and assemble a monarch rearing cage that you can take home with you.  An Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 196 will lead this workshop by walking the group through step-by-step instructions on assembling the monarch cages.  No tools are needed.  Limit: 30; children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Microburst or Thunderstorm?

A micro-burst storm rolled through Schaumburg in July, 2017 causing damage to houses, trees and cars.  Learn about the different types of thunderstorms, including microburst storms; and winter weather and severe weather hazards such as tornadoes, hail, damaging winds, lightning, and flash flooding.  There will be a hands-on workshop for participants to create a cloud in a bottle and learn what conditions must be present for a cloud to form.  Cloud building is limited to 30; children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Build a Birdhouse Workshop

Birds are in a constant search for insects.  Attracting these songsters to your yard can be as easy as adding a bird house. Come build a bird house you can take home with you!  Kyle Spaitis, an Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 196, will be leading this workshop as part of his Eagle Scout project. In preparation for this hands-on session, Kyle will raise the funds and purchase all of the building materials for the bird houses.  He will also lead this session by walking the group through step-by-step instructions on assembling the bird houses. No tools are needed.  Limit: 30; children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Martha Dooley at mdooley@schaumburg.com, dial 311 in Schaumburg, or call the library at (847) 985-4000.  

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