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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 9, 2014 
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Chris Young 
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Get Outside and Celebrate your Mother and Nature During Urban Biodiversity Week May 10-18 
Explore Chicago’s Millennium Reserve; participate in bird hikes, nature walks, stewardship opportunities and more  
CHICAGO – It’s time to get wild in the city by celebrating Urban Biodiversity Week in the Millennium Reserve, a 210-square mile region of economic revitalization and ecological restoration on Chicago’s south side and the southeast lakefront, May 10-18.

“Millennium Reserve is a visionary concept that brings people, sustainable development and nature together in an urban setting,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller. “We encourage everyone to learn more about nature in their own backyards, and Urban Biodiversity Week is the perfect opportunity for moms and families to explore together.”

This is the second year for the celebration of outdoor activities in the region to be held. The week includes a series of free events that celebrate urban biodiversity, conservation, and stewardship. The week of activities will culminate with a Nature Block Party on Saturday, May 17 at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, 12949 S. Ave. O, and Eggers Grove, 11201 S. Ave. B in Chicago. 

Events include:
• Garlic Mustard Pull at Eggers Grove
• Bird Hikes in multiple locations
• Flower Festival at Calumet Park
• Stewardship Work Day at Eggers Grove
• Mother’s Day Nature Walk at Sand Ridge Nature Center
• Moonlight Nature Hike at Burnham Park - Promontory Point
• Night Hike at Sand Ridge Nature Center
• A Tale of Two Lakes - hike between Lake Calumet and Wolf Lake
• The Wonder of Salamanders at Sand Ridge Nature Center
• Sunrise Serenade bike ride around Wolf Lake
• Nature Block Party

For a detailed schedule of events, visit: www.urbanbioweek.illinois.gov

The Nature Block Party, a fun-filled day for the entire family, will take place at William W. Powers and Eggers Grove on May 17. Participants can enjoy fishing, birding, biking, nature hikes, kayaking, and learn about plants and wildlife found in the region.  Please check our website for event details and event updates: www.urbanbioweek.illinois.gov

If you have questions or want to discuss your group’s participation in any of the scheduled activities, please e-mail Ania Ruszaj at ania.ruszaj@illinois.gov.

Millennium Reserve is a transformed 210-square mile region with thriving commerce, communities, and wildlife in the Calumet and southeast Chicago lakefront.  Millennium Reserve encompasses numerous neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side, the southeast lakefront, and 37 south suburban municipalities.

Urban Biodiversity Week is a collaborative effort between Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Chicago Park District, and many other partners who are leading and organizing their events. 
 
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