The Evanston Environmental Association’s annual Ecology Center fundraiser, formerly known as the Green Ball, has a new name — Nature’s Night Out — this year, and a new location — the Ecology Center itself. 

Nature’s Night Out takes place from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18.

Tickets can be purchased at

“If you live in Evanston, this is a perfect opportunity to support the Ecology Center and have a lot of fun,” EEA President Dick Peach said. “Your support makes a difference in peoples’ lives. That’s why we’re holding this bash at the Ecology Center—so people can see how their support has contributed to making a beautiful Evanston resource for anyone interested in protecting the planet.”

The celebration features food and drink from the best local restaurants, caterers and breweries, a DJ to cater to partygoers’ musical tastes, raffle prizes ranging from a kayak tour to equipment to start your own bee hive as well as a chance to tour the Ecology Center’s bee hives.

The Ecology Center provides plant and animal classes, snowshoe rentals, popular eco-summer camps and events such as bird-watching, canoe trips and an eco-Halloween party. Its critter-viewing area includes Piff the Prairie Dog, Bernie the African Tortoise, and Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. 

Tickets are $60 for EEA members and $65 for non-members.  People 35 and under or 75 and older can buy a discounted ticket ($30 for members, $35 for non-members).  “Friend of the Ecology Center” tickets are also available for $100, and people who buy at least four tickets get a fifth one free. Admission includes food, beer and entertainment. Wine is $5 per cup.

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