EEA reinvents 'Green Ball' as 'Nature's Night Out'

Mayor Steve Hagerty, second from right, with Ecology Center staffers Matt Poole and Erika Doroghazi and Karen Hawk, assistant director of community services for Evanston's parks department at last year's Green Ball.

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.

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“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.


May 18 2018 - 7:00pm