Countdown To Earth Day: Here's How You Can Become An Environmental Steward in Kane County, IL

Countdown To Earth Day: Here’s How You Can Become An Environmental Steward in Kane County, IL

Kane County Environmental Resources Manager Ivy Klee has been your Spaceship Earth captain for the 2021 Countdown to Earth Day series. You can reach her at

  • The Kane County Board Energy And Environmental Committee, Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources and Kane County Connects are teaming up for a “Countdown to Earth Day” series celebrating the success stories and spotlighting the environmental challenges we face right here, right now in Kane County, IL. Today’s essay is written by Kane County Resource Management Coordinator Ivy Klee.

Earth Day is tomorrow: Thursday, April 22, 2021.

And that means we have reached the end of our Spaceship Earth journey through this Countdown to Earth Day Series.

We’d like to thank everyone for coming along for the ride.

Whether you’ve been inspired to take on a new sustainable project at home, learned more about conservation work being done in your community or discovered that you want to get involved in environmental work, we encourage you to share your experience with friends and family, and help spread environmental awareness.

We hope this Earth Day is a reminder that in a difficult year full of unknowns, nature has always been a constant space to lift our spirits and take us through the change of the seasons.

We can’t make the earth a better place alone, so we are calling on YOU to step forward as an environmental steward and help our community and ecosystem flourish to infinity and beyond!

Below is a list of sustainability events happening in Kane County, as well as organizations you can join as a member or serve as a volunteer, if you’d like to be more involved in environmental work in your community, back yard or home.

The Conservation Foundation

Nothing feels quite as good as working hard at work worth doing (except maybe a nice massage afterwards)!

Volunteers are an integral part of achieving the mission of The Conservation Foundation, and there are many ways to get involved. We need an army to extend our reach on the land, in the water, in the classroom and in your neighborhood. Join up today!

Kane County is partnering with The Conservation Foundation to provide affordable compost bins and rain barrels through a special time-limited program this spring

Please see the sale and webinar flyer HERE.

  • Order — Bins & Barrels online here by May 8, 2021.​
  • Attend — the (optional) informational webinar at 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, to learn how to create an environmentally-friendly yard with the benefits of using a rain barrel and compost bin. Register here.
  • Pick up — your purchased items between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, in St. Charles.
  • Cost — Rain barrels are $60 each and the compost bins are $55 each.​

Forest Preserve District of Kane County

Earth Day Birthday — The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Let’s meet to carry on the legacy and celebrate the natural world.

Come to enjoy a campfire program about the history and impact of Earth Day and to discuss ways we can help protect this Earth we all call home. We’ll conclude the evening with an invigorating twilight birthday hike! Meet at Creek Bend Nature Center for an introduction prior to heading outdoors.

  • When — 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22
  • Where — Creek Bend Nature Center in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
  • Cost — $2/person

Fox Valley Sustainability Network

Equity and Sustainability in the Fox Valley Webinar

This session will discuss regional data linking equity issues and sustainability while looking at specific programs and strategies for advancing equity and sustainability simultaneously.

Friends of the Fox River

Everyone’s help is needed to protect the Fox River and its tributaries. One of the best ways to protect the Fox River is to become actively involved in our organization.

We invite you to pitch in at a Fox River cleanup, join FOFR’s Watershed Monitoring Network and learn how to monitor water quality, lend a hand at one of our habitat improvement projects, or just voice your concerns.

Sierra Club Valley of the Fox Group

Join more than 1,000 members in Kane and Kendall Counties at the Valley of the Fox Group Sierra Club Chapter! We have monthly programs about sustainability, community resilience, and the environment.

There are exciting and fun volunteer opportunities available covering conservation, political and social justice projects!

Read The Countdown to Earth Day Series!

We would appreciate any feedback from the Countdown to Earth Day Series or any work being done by Kane County Department of Environment and Water Resources. Feel free to contact Kane County Resource Management Coordinator Ivy Klee with any questions or comments, As always, do your part to help Sustain Kane!