Bensenville Park District to hold Earth Day at the Farm April 23

Ready to take the first step in protecting the planet? There's no better way to contribute to a cleaner and healthier community than by volunteering to help make sure its natural resources are maintained and kept clean!

The Bensenville Park District is hosting an Earth Day at the Farm, presented by Grand Subaru, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23, at Fischer Farm, 16W680 Grand Ave.

Volunteers will be helping staff tidy up the prairie, fix up the garden, tend to the animals and many other activities.

Participants will receive a special Earth Day T-shirt for volunteering. Water and snacks also will be provided throughout the two-hour event, including an ice cream truck with free ice cream for participants, complements of Grand Subaru.

"Grand Subaru is excited to team up with the Bensenville Park District again this year. We're looking forward to doing more for our neighbors through events like these, and showing people that we're more than a dealership," says Grand Subaru General Manager Ryan Drouin. "Taking care of the environment and our community really resonates with Grand Subaru's core values, and we're thankful that the park district has given us an opportunity to support such a great cause."

The dealership, located just a few blocks from the farm at 125 W. Grand Ave. in Bensenville, will be holding a free raffle on-site for participants to win environmentally-friendly prizes. Representatives also will be distributing valuable information about recycling and the new Grand Subaru community recycling drop-off center, which opens Friday, April 22.

According to Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Fischer Farm is believed to be one of the oldest remaining homesteads in the county.

The Fischers established their home around the year 1836. Through the years, they built barns and a large farmhouse in 1919. Fischer Woods is a rare forest preserve with the remnants of prairie, wetland and woodland ecosystems. The land just north of the cabin has been left untouched and is valued for its original seedbeds. This unchanged landscape is what settlers peered upon when they arrived in the area.

The event is free, but registration is necessary. Volunteers also may be eligible for community service credit; check with the specific organization to see if this event qualifies. Further information may be found on the park district website,

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