Schedule of Events
  1. Monthly Volunteer Day - Pyles Fork Preserve
    9:00 am to noon
    Join us for our Fall Clean Up of Pyles Fork Preserve and Creek in Partnership with Keep Carbondale Beautiful. A lot of litter accumulates within the preserve and creek throughout the year and this is one of two annual events to clean out as much as we can before it washes further downstream into the Big Muddy and eventually the Mississippi River. If the water flow is low enough we will have a few sets of chest waders for creek cleanup. Please bring your own if you have a pair and don't mind jumping in! Volunteers should meet at the Attucks Park Pavilion (400 North Wall Street) for sign in and brief instructions. Volunteer workdays are family-friendly and open to everyone, no special skills are necessary. Tools, gloves, bug spray, snacks, and water will be provided. Bring your own water bottle to refill from our cooler. Long sleeves, pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes are recommended for working within the woodland. Hours worked can be counted toward the SIUC Saluki Volunteer Corp and the SIUC Environmental Ambassador Award. RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary. Call 201-3774 or email director@greenearthinc.org for more information.
    14
    Sept
  2. Annual Fall Potluck
    12:00 to 2:00pm
    Join us for the return of our annual Fall Potluck. This year's potluck will be held within the Chautauqua Bottoms Preserves, near the Freeman Street Entrance. There is plenty of street parking available. Just follow the signs a short walk to our potluck. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. GE will provide the main dishes, beverages, utensils, tables, and chairs. We will spend a few minutes updating everyone on what GE has been working on and recognizing some of our hardest working volunteers. Call Stephanie 618 201-3774 or email director@greenearthinc.org for more information.
    7
    Sept
  3. Monthly Volunteer Workday - Oakland Nature Preserve
    9:00 am to noon
    Join us for a morning of prepping for the Pumpkin Glow! We will be sprucing up our trails and setting out stumps for the hundreds of Jack-O-Lanterns that will be lining the trail. It takes a lot of work to hold this fundraiser and we need your help to make it a success! Volunteer workdays are family-friendly and open to everyone, no special skills are necessary. Tools, gloves, bug spray, snacks, and water will be provided. Bring your own water bottle to refill from our cooler. Long sleeves, pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes are recommended for working within the woodland. Hours worked can be counted toward the SIUC Saluki Volunteer Corp and the SIUC Environmental Ambassador Award. RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary. Call 618 201-3774 or email director@greenearthinc.org for more information.
    19
    Oct
  4. The Pumpkin Glow!
    6:00 pm -10:00 pm
    The Pumpkin Glow is an amazing nighttime Jack-O-Lantern hike within the woodland of the Oakland Nature Preserve. You won't want to miss this! The Glow Trail is lined with hundreds of beautiful, scary, funny, and just plain ol' traditional Jack-O-Lanterns which turn the woodland into a beautiful and ethereal place. The front of the preserve will be transformed into a family carnival - full of children's games, face-painting, live music, concession, and a bonfire. It really is a lot of fun. Most activities are free, donations for walking the trail are accepted. Parking will be located across the street from the Oakland Preserve entrance. Just follow the signs for all the fun! Call 618 201-3774 or email director@greenearthinc.org for more information.
    25
    Oct
  5. Fall Native Plant Sale - Town Square Pavilion
    8am to 2pm
    High-quality nursery stock native plants from local grower Southernwood Gardens are available for purchase from Green Earth, and high-quality nursery stock native trees from Forrest-Keeling are available for purchase from Keep Carbondale Beautiful. Please note the new location. There are so many reasons to plant natives! Increase biodiversity, improve habitat for our indigenous wildlife, provide habitat for pollinators, save money and time on natives because they evolved in this climate and survive better, bring down the urban island effect temperatures in your neighborhood with more trees and plants. And help support your favorite local nonprofits at the same time! The list goes on and on.
    5
    Oct