Topic: Member Events

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Sales starts November 24!

Posted on November 22, 2017 by - Community Events, In the News, Member Events

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Sale starts Friday at Pioneer Tree Farm in McHenry. www.pioneertreefarm.com.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Sale starts Friday at Pioneer Tree Farm in McHenry. www.pioneertreefarm.com.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
at Pioneer Tree Farm!

Sale begins, Friday, November 24
Open  Nov. 24, 25 and 26
Dec. 2 and 3
Dec. 9 and 10
Dec. 16 and 17
$50 any tree (free if volunteering for full day)
Hours: 9AM to 4PM
Pioneer Tree Farm 4614 Pioneer Rd, McHenry IL 60051
(815) 385-8512
Call Alice or Bill to volunteer!

The tree sale and bake sale is an annual fundraiser with 10% of tree sale proceeds benefiting The Environmental Defenders.

Hallway Book Sale Begins this Friday!

Posted on November 22, 2017 by - Community Events, In the News, Member Events

Hallway Reused Book Sale starts this Friday, November 24 at the Woodstock Square Mall.

Hallway Reused Book Sale starts this Friday, November 24 at the Woodstock Square Mall.

Green Spot Holiday Hallway Book Sale – Woodstock Square Mall
Friday November 24th through Saturday December 9th 
Closed Sundays, bag sale last three days.
Hours are the same as the Green Spot hours, with the exception of the first evening. We will also be open on Monday 11/27 and Monday 12/4.
Green Spot Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 11:00am – 3:00pm

Make A Difference Day

Posted on October 25, 2017 by - Community Events, In the News, Member Events

MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY!

Saturday, October 28
9AM to NOON
Environmental Defenders’ Property on Dean Street
On Saturday, October 28, you are invited to “make a difference” by helping with restoration efforts at The Environmental Defenders’ Kishwaukee Headwaters property on Dean Street in Woodstock as part of the national “Make A Difference Day” celebration.  Volunteers will be removing invasive species and collecting trash around the perimeter of our property as well as the Soil and Water Conservation District property.  The event will begin at 9:00 a.m.and conclude at noon.

Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes, gloves, and boots and meet at the Soil & Water Conservation District building at 2222 Dean Street (corner of Dean and Route 14).  All necessary equipment, water, and snacks will be provided.  If you have any questions about this event, please contact Nancy Schietzelt at 815-356-1710.  Come help us make apositive difference in our environment and enjoy some time outdoors!

Live Webcast with Al Gore and Documentary Film

Posted on October 11, 2017 by - Community Events, In the News, Member Events

OCTOBER 26. LIVE WEB CAST WITH AL GORE FOLLOWED BY SCREENING OF AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER.

OCTOBER 26. LIVE WEB CAST WITH AL GORE FOLLOWED BY SCREENING OF AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER.

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Live webcast with Al Gore and local screening of documentary film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, is OCTOBER 26 AT MCHENRY COUNTY COLLEGE. Doors open at 5:15 and webcam begins promptly at 5:45 followed by screening and discussion.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Posted on October 6, 2017 by - Member Events

On Sunday, October 15 at 2PM, please join us at the annual
Volunteer Appreciation Event.
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If you have volunteered with The Environmental Defenders for an hour, a day or ongoing on a regular basis, we would like to celebrate YOU and all that you do.   Each one of our volunteers adds up to the whole that makes The Environmental Defenders what it is today: a vital conservation organization that makes real change and progress toward a healthier McHenry County. 
This year, we return to Sterne’s Woods & Fen in Crystal Lake for a group tour ride through the woods followed by a fire and treats.  John Fiorina, Manager of The CL Nature Center and Natural Resources with the Crystal Lake Park District, will be there to do some special Dutch oven cooking.  Our tour leader is Steve Byers, who directs all the restoration work of the fen where a hydrological restoration project was completed last winter.  Steve is also Natural Areas Resource Specialist at the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission and a member of The Environmental Defenders.  Steve will highlight the special qualities of this natural area. “Sterne’s Woods & Fen became an Illinois State Nature Preserve in 1994 to preserve and protect its unique ecology. A fen is a rare type of wetland in which cold groundwater that is high in calcium and magnesium seeps to the surface.  The unique water chemistry supports plants that grow nowhere else.  Sterne’s Fen is home to at least 10 rare or endangered plant species.” This is a special place to celebrate special people.
Please rsvp to envirodefmc@gmail.com by October 13.  On Sunday, October 15

, please meet at the outdoor pavilion (5617 Hillside Drive) at 2PM and dress appropriately for weather that day.   Hope to see you then!

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED FOR OUR ANNUAL MEETING!

Posted on January 13, 2017 by - Member Events

Silent Auction

We believe that ALL of our members are talented in some way! Maybe you are an artist, maybe you are a baker, or maybe you are just willing to offer a strong back. Over the years, the fundraising committee of the Defenders has asked for donations for the Silent Auction held as part of the Annual Meeting on March 12, and you have come through with some awesome pieces of art, glassware, books, crocheted blankets, etc.

This year we’d like to try and focus at least half of our offerings on services to encourage more interaction between our members and to reduce the amount of “stuff” in our lives.  We will still accept donations of plants, artwork, food items, etc. but we would like you to consider donating your time, experience, and/or knowledge as your donation.

Many of our members are not as strong as they used to be and would love to hire some “brawn” for an hour to complete a nagging project, or maybe they would bid on a couple of people to work together  on one of those projects! Your donation of time can be limited by weight restraints, location, time of year, etc.

For example, if you are an artist, you could donate a piece of your artwork, you could pair it with 30 minutes of your time to help the buyer find the best lighting in their house to hang the piece, or you could offer your artistic approach to decorating/ rearranging a room in their house, or even offer a 1-hour consultation and let them come up with a way to use your different perspective to their advantage.

If you are one of the people who could use the brawn, maybe you could offer a donation of fresh baked bread or pies for a special occasion, calligraphy for wedding invitations,  Sunday breakfast in your backyard, review of a will, or a shoreline fishing experience if you live along a river.

What about loaning out your guide services on the Nippersink since you have an extra kayak, driving to O’Hare or Midway for someone who has a small vehicle with no space for luggage, fixing one small electrical appliance to keep it out of the landfill, sewing on missing buttons or hemming a pair of pants, or knitting a pair of mittens to match their favorite coat?

The ideas are endless!  It’s possible that your donation will not be bid upon at this event but are appreciated nonetheless and maybe we will be able to come up with another way your skills can benefit the Defenders.

We would like to have all items and/or descriptions of services (and if you can create a flyer about your service donation, that would be great!) at the office by Monday, February 27th so the committee has time to organize.