Monday, April 11, 2011

April 16: Earth Day at Red Oak

Red Oak Nature Center will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 16, with an afternoon of fun and games designed to raise awareness on how to keep the planet healthy.

From 1 to 3 p.m., visitors are invited to take part in a variety of fun and educational activities that promote reusing and recycling to make for a more Earth-friendly household.

Admission is free to all, with one condition – each child is required to bring six rinsed plastic bottles or a gently used children’s book as their entry “ticket.” The bottles will be used for various games and the books become part of a library to be used for a book swap.

Interactive games and crafts for children will be played inside and outside the nature center. Stations will be set up for games such as bottle bowling, container stacking, musical tubes and yogurt planters, among other games. An “unnatural” scavenger hunt also will take place.

Families are encouraged to attend and discover how each family member can make an impact that helps preserve a better Earth for tomorrow. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event also serves as a great service project for Scout groups.

The Fox Valley Park District’s Red Oak Nature Center is located on Route 25, one mile north of Route 56 (Butterfield Road). The park stretches for 40 scenic acres along the east bank of the Fox River and features a central museum with hands-on displays. Admission is always free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (630) 897-1808 for more information. For information on Fox Valley Park District programs and facilities, visit

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