Green Bay Trail Day Returns!
Saturday, July 31, 8 am – Noon
Free music, food, prizes and activities for all ages.
Free stuff! Breakfast treats, courtesy of Charles Schwab. Coffee and nibbles from Hometown Coffee and Juice. Dog treats from Noah’s Ark. Tote bags, bug catcher boxes, and note pads from the Friends of the Green Bay Trail. And more!
Relax and Restore: Stroll the trail. View its blooms, birds, and butterflies. Take photos. Watch the plein air painters at Mary St. Park. Visit the butterfly hatchery.
Feeling lucky? Enter the Charles Schwab drawing for a Picnic Set valued at $200. Try your luck at the Book Stall’s raffle for a bag of books.
Activities: Put your bee pin on the Pollinator Garden map, Get bike maintenance tips from Green Bay Cycles. Learn how to prevent and treat running injuries with Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. Enjoy scribble stones and purchase pollinator plants from Go Green Winnetka. Compost and harvest veggies with the Community Garden. Brush up on trail and local history with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Winnetka Historical Society. Take a look at the Bookstall’s suggested nature and ecology books. AND more!
Green Bay Trail Day is sponsored by the Friends of the Green Bay Trail with generous support from Charles Schwab.
Friday Fun Facts – Did you know?
2020 - What a Year It Was!
- 23 safe socially distanced trail work days were held with support of our growing volunteer base.
- More than 3,800 volunteer hours supported trail work and activities.
- Four seed cleaning events produced 31 lbs of seeds, representing 55 native plant species and 15.3 million seeds, to spread on the trail.
- With grant support from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, two permanent interpretive signs featuring biodiversity and bees were installed on the trail south of South Ave.
- The Monarch Hatchery remained a favorite site to witness the metamorphosis of butterflies. 31 butterflies were hatched and released.
- Three community programs featuring bats, coyotes, and Biomimicry were held prior to the COVID shutdown, but we had to cancel our annual summer and winter Solstice events and the 10th anniversary Buckthorn Barbecue.
- A Photo Contest featuring the trail’s beauty and safe recreational environment yielded 279 photos submitted by 128 photographers. More than 1,600 votes were cast to select the 12 winners. View the beautiful photos on the FGBT website.
- A trail video and slide show were produced to feature the trail’s restoration and opportunities to “Refresh, Relax and Restore”.
- Stewardship continues from South to Scott Aves. with the professional guidance of a restoration ecologist.
We continue to strive to keep the trail a natural site for recreation, exploration and enjoyment. We look forward to returning to our much-enjoyed annual programs and events. Explore our website, Facebook, and Instagram sites for updated information.