Ecology Center

Ecology Center

The 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.

The Evanston Ecology Center is a City of Evanston facility. The Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) helps supports the Evanston Ecology Center, the Center's educational programs, and the Ladd Arboretum. Learn more by clicking here>>>.

In 2014, the Evanston Ecology Center celebrated its 40th anniversary. The video below highlights the history of the center and the great impact it has had on the community.


Classes are offered year-round for children, adults, families, schools, and organized groups such as scouts. To learn more about this season's classes, click here.

Ecology Center staff oversee

  • Four community gardens
  • Several very popular summer camp programs
  • Canoeing on the North Shore Channel
  • Programming at Lighthouse Park
  • Free "Access to Fishing" youth program (sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources). This program is a great way to introduce children age 5 & up to the "catch-and-release" process. Equipment, bait and fishing expertise are provided. Drop by every Saturday, May through September, from 10am-1pm, at Lovelace Park (Gross Point Rd. at Thayer St.). Kids under 16 don't need a license, but must be accompanied by an adult. Call 847-448-8256 for more info.

    • On Saturday, July 9, come to Lovelace Park for the very first youth fishing derby at Lovelace Pond! We will be holding the derby in conjunction with our weekly free access to fishing program. We will have a limited amount of poles and bait available for those that need them. Come catch fish and win a variety of prizes in this free program for the whole family. Age: 5-15 yrs. | Admission: FREE | Time: 10am-1pm

  • Natural history programs


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The Evanston Ecology Center's Multi-Purpose Room is available to host your next event! View and complete the online rental contract form for more information and to request a reservation.