Community Events

The Defenders sponsor, host and participate in many activities that are of interest not only to our members but also to the community at large. Some are educational, some for fund raising, and some are just fun!

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 A few of our recurring events:

Green DrinksGreen Drinks McHenry County was started in 2009 by a group of eco-minded folks, who all happen to be Defenders’ members.

GreenDrinks McHenry County meets the first Wednesday of each month at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake. Green Drinks is an informal event where environmentally minded people meet to network over drinks. There are over 625 groups all over the world!

Earth Day Celebration

  • Prairieview Education Center.

Each year on a Saturday in April, the Environmental Defenders team up with the McHenry County Conservation District to host an Earth Day celebration at Prairieview Education Center.

From performances by Off Square Music, to puppet shows, guided nature hikes, and a restoration service project, the day is filled with activities for young and old. Many environmental exhibitors highlight their organizations and goods.

The Defenders’ recycling crew take in athletic shoes, household batteries, car batteries, cell phones, polystyrene foam blocks, fluorescent bulbs, and electronics.

 “It’s Our River Day” celebration and clean-up


The Environmental Defenders and the Village of Algonquin co-sponsor the annual “It’s Our River Day” celebration and clean-up.  Held on a Saturday in September at Cornish Park along the shoreline of the beautiful Fox River in historic downtown Algonquin. This is a local celebration of the statewide “It’s Our River Day,” founded in 2004.

Local conservation groups give presentations and participants will have the opportunity to meet representatives from different environmental, outdoor and governmental groups, as well as “green” businesses.  Adults and kids will learn about the environment by visiting booths with educational information, volunteer opportunities, kids activities, and more.

The Sierra Club provides bags and gloves for the shoreline clean-up at the main location at Cornish Park. Everyone is welcome to lend a hand with the clean-up. The event is free and open to the public.


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