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Take a Walk in the Park this Week

22 Apr

A ranger leads a hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

A ranger leads a hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

NPS photo.

A short walk can make a big difference! During National Park Week, April 19-27, 2014, we encourage you to get outside, enjoy a beautiful landscape, and give yourself the gift of better health by taking a walk in one of America’s 401 national parks.

Top Ten Reasons why a walk in a park is good for you:

  1. Have Fun
  2. Reduce Stress
  3. Sleep Better
  4. Manage Weight
  5. Improve Concentration
  6. Reduce Blood Pressure
  7. Lower risk of chronic illness such as heart disease and diabetes
  8. Spend time with family and friends
  9. Enjoy nature
  10. Live longer

Step into the action during National Park Week, when more than free, ranger-led walks are offered. You can hike the nearby National Historic Trails of Lewis & Clark, Mormon Pioneer and Trail Of Tears. Or visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which covers 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan.




Celebrate Your Environment! Earth Day, April 22

4 Apr

Earth Day is in its 44th year in the Unites States. Conceived by the 1970’s so-called Flower Generation to bring about environmental awareness, this topic still has heavy (and possibly increasing) relevance in our world today.

Today Earth Day is celebrated by more than 192 countries. April 22 events will be held worldwide in support of environmental protection. To join a local activity such as an land or river cleanup you can visit the Chicago Earth Day Website, or the Friends of the Chicago River.

Of course there are everyday things you can do to help lessen your environmental impact, or your “carbon footprint.” One great way to do this is growing your own food!

Side note: the City of Blue Island Planning Department is doing its part for environmental rejuvenation. Partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency, 87-acre former landfill property at 119th and Vincennes is going through a cleanup process, so the land can be redeveloped and enjoyed. To learn more about the project check out more information at

Participate in Arbor Day This Year – April 25, 2014

4 Apr


The National Arbor Day Foundation has declared it’s theme for 2014, “Color Your World.” Trees bring us color, shade, fruit and oxygen. Celebrate trees on April 25th through caring for the old or planting a’new! More information at the Arbor Day Foundation Website.

Local opportunity: The 4th Annual Earth Awareness Day & Expo at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, IL.

  • Listen to presentations on Urban Agriculture, Natural Fertilizers, Pollution on the Little Calumet River, Green Cleaning and More. Weather Permitting, participants will be able to tour the campus and see native trees. For more information call (708) 210-5757.

Local opportunity: This Arbor Day, Blue Island’s Urban Forestry Board will be hosting a tree planting a Paul Revere School. Contact the Urban Forestry Board for more details! Email

Eisenhower students plant trees to beautify their community!

Eisenhower students plant trees to beautify their community!