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This is a special edition to alert you to newly scheduled upcoming hands-on workshops offered by the Ecology Action Center.  We know that some of you are eagerly awaiting these workshops so we wanted to be sure you were the first to know about the new dates and let you sign up first!  Also note that we are offering online registration for our workshops for the first time; payment must be made at the time of registration using a credit card or PayPal account.


Rain Barrel Workshop

rain-barrel2 2The Ecology Action Center is excited to announce our hands-on workshop where you build your own water saving rainwater collection and storage container.  Recent design improvements make this our best rain barrel ever!

When:
Tuesday, August 9, 5:30 P.M.
and
Saturday, August 13, 2:00 P.M.
Cost:
$38 ($28 for EAC members)
Location:
Details given upon registration

Commercially available rainwater collection and storage systems range in price from $75-$200, but the Ecology Action Cener is offering this workshop at a fraction of the cost!  The workshop includes:
  • 55 gallon reused food-grade, heavy-gauge plastic barrel.
  • A flexible elbow to direct rain water form your downspout to your rain barrel. 
  • High quality Brass plumbing and rubber 0-rings for long life.
  • Overflow-hose and fittings with mosquito barrier.
  • Instruction and use of all tools needed for the workshop. 
The workshop excludes installation materials for your specific home, which may include concrete blocks, hacksaw, screwdriver, sheet metal screws, etc.

To register for this workshop, you can:

Sign-up online now (payment with Paypal)

Download the registration form and register by mail.


Composter Workshop

The Ecology Action Center is excited to announce our hands-on workshop where you build your own composters to recycle your own food scraps and yard waste into valuable compost for your lawn and garden!compost one hand 2

When:
Thursday, August 11, 5:30 P.M.
Cost:
$28 ($20 for EAC members)
Location:
Details given upon registration

Commercially available composters can range in price from $40-$200 but the EAC is offering this workshop at a fraction of the cost.  The workshop includes:
  • Instruction on conventional composting and how to get started. 
  • Discussion of different types of composters.
  • Overview of vermicomposting.
  • Materials an instruction to build two 25-gallon composters to take home and start the magic!
  • BONUS - Each participant will also receive a one gallon lidded bucket for handy kitchen compost collecting!

To register for this workshop, you can:

Sign-up online now (payment with Paypal)
or
Download the registration form and register by mail.

EAC Workshops: The fine print

Rain or shine the EAC will host the event.  This can get messy, so wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring an appropriate vehicle to transport your rainbarrel or composter from the build site to your home.  We will be using power tools; safety glasses are required and will be provided.

Also, workshops fill up quickly; registrations are accepted in the order they are received.  Registrations must include payment to be accepted; once capacity is reached, all further registrations will be refunded.


As always, we look forward to seeing you at the Ecology Action Center! Please stop by anytime Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call us at (309) 454-3169 for information on our latest programs and events or to get answers to questions on recycling, household hazardous waste, clean water, and more!

The Ecology Action Center is a not-for-profit walk-in information and environmental education center with a mission to inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening and preserving a healthy environment.  EAC acts as a central resource for environmental education, information, and outreach in McLean County. 

www.ecologyactioncenter.org



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