A climate action evanston program
Plants native to Evanston
speaker series
Presented by Natural Habitat Evanston, Rotary International and evanston ecology center

Native American Garden: Urban Forest, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

June 11, 2024
6:30 pm
7:30 pm
Zoom or One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

About our topic

Dr. Eli Suzukovich III (Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa/Cree/Krajina Serb), will share his knowledge and research regarding urban forests and the impacts of local climate change. In Evanston, he developed the plan and selected plants for the new Native American gardens at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian on Central Street and willshare the heritage and cultural significance of the selections.

About the speaker

Dr. Suzukovich is Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Program for Environmental Policy and Culture,  a faculty affiliate in the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, and Director of Cultural Preservation and Compliance in the Office for Research at Northwestern University. He serves on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council that works with the U.S. Forest Service and USDA in developing urban forestry programs, funding protocols, and policy recommendations.

About Us

Natural Habitat Evanston, a program of Climate Action Evanston, is an all-volunteer community group of about 900 members, spreading the word on creating habitat for insects, birds, and other wildlife. We aim to change the culture of lawns: leaving your leaves is the simplest first step; the second step is adding a native shrub or tree to shrink your lawn. We show how to transition from turf with low-cost cardboard methods, which keystone native plants to choose for year-round forage, that insects chewing on leaves is a ‘win’ (rather than cause to reach for pesticide), how turning off unnecessary lights saves insect and birds (and human health), and how to make your windows bird-friendly (because if you are going to invite birds to your yard, let them visit safely). We plant a lot of native trees and shrubs, especially at schools and in the 5th Ward.

We encourage people to think outside the lawn with No Mow May. Our Pollinator Pledge is a central focus of all our outreach and education, and a great way to spread the word to your neighbors.

About the other sponsors of this event

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Rotary and the Rotary Staff Green Committee are proud to co-sponsor this event.
Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Through our environment area of focus, we are committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment. We empower communities to access grants and other resources, embrace local solutions, and spur innovation in an effort to address the causes and reduce the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.
Evanston Ecology Center. Surrounded by the Ladd Arboretum, the Ecology Center is home to a nature classroom with live animal exhibits, nature-based educational programming, and a multi-purpose room for event rentals.
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The Evanston Ecology Center strives to foster a greater appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment and our interdependence with it through educational programs and services.
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