Great Lakes Action Days

Help restore local habitats!
The Great Lakes are home to more than 3,500 plant and animal species—and 36 million people! So the lakes, rivers, wetlands, dunes, prairies and forests that make up the Great Lakes ecosystem are your home, too. Join our Great Lakes Action Days or Adopt-a-Beach events, and give back to the wild places in your backyard.

Great Lakes Action Days
Get your hands dirty cleaning beaches, removing invasive plants and collecting important data through citizen science projects. Events are scheduled from April through October and are held at natural areas along our local Lake Michigan shore, from Illinois Beach State Park near Zion to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Chesterton, Indiana.

Adopt-a-Beach events
In addition to Great Lakes Action Days, Shedd takes part in Adopt-a-Beach, the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ beach stewardship program. Help us comb our sandy shores  for rubbish and recyclables to help keep the beaches clean and safe. Then enjoy Aurelio's pizza—and be entered for a chance to win two VIP passes to Shedd! 

GLAD Dates

Upcoming GLAD dates:

Fri, 8/22
Thu, 9/4
Fri, 9/5
Fri, 9/19 
Sat, 9/20
Fri, 9/26
Wed, 10/1
Wed, 10/15
Fri, 10/17
Fri, 10/24

View the full calendar here!

Adopt-a-Beach Dates

Join us for one or more 12th Street Beach Adopt-a-Beach cleanups:
Saturday, Sept. 20
Wednesday, Oct. 15

Contact us

For more information or to register for an event, email Reid


Read about the latest Great Lakes Action Days on our blog