District 65 schools are lawn-heavy, often unshaded and, for kids on playgrounds, often extremely hot. NHE plantings engage classes of students to learn about the many benefits of trees. NHE also helps organize adult volunteers for plantings. Find the tree request form below.
Natural Habitat also provides fencing and mulch.
American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
American linden (Tilia Americana) - basswood
American plum (Prunus americana)
Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum)
Blue beech (Carpinus caroliniana)
Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Carolina allspice, sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus)
Chinquapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)
Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra var. Canadensis)
Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)
Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)
Prairie willow (Salix humilis)
Purple-flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
River birch (Betula nigra)
Shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
Swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)
Red oak (Quercusrubra)
Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
Wafer ash Ptelea trifoliata)
Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)
The mother trees have thrived in Evanston’s specific environment, suggesting that these baby oaks also will flourish in Evanston. Grown by Tom Klitzkie of Nature’s Perspective Landscaping, they include red, swamp white and bur oaks.
Oaks are the top tree for wildlife, acorns feed diverse birds, mammals and insects, and oaks are larval host to more than 500 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars. Larval host means these hundreds of species of pollinators require oak leaves to develop to adults, just as monarch caterpillars need milkweed in order to develop to butterflies. Twigs and other tree parts also feed wildlife.
Transitioning from Turf presentation to FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, Columbus, Ohio) lead by Leslie Shad, NHE Lead. DIscusses the issues with turf, why native plants and why leave leaves, the concern about neonicotinoids, and how to navigate outdoor lighting.
Gardening that Matters. Get Started or Enhance your Native Garden. March 2023 presentation to North Shore Senior Center's Tuesday Club. A simple way to take action for climate, community healthand biodiversity: Swap out your lawn for native plants. Reconsidering theculture of lawns. Why it matters, steps to prioritize, how to get started, andhow to amplify the change. Leslie Shad of Natural Habitat Evanston presents.
D65 Process to Request Mulch, Compost and for Debris Pickup
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - search native plants by state
$25/bag to local residents (pickup; no shipping). We also have some $5 seed packets of bottlebrush and little bluestem grass. While supplies last. Emails should include your phone number and which species you are requesting. Pay by check payable to Citizens’ Greener Evanston at pickup.
Northwestern students Petition for Bird-Friendly Films at Mudd Library. Mudd Library accounts for over 14% of bird deaths and injuries on campus each year. Applying patterned window film to a portion of the building would dramatically reduce collisions that are fatal to birds.