The Evanston Ecology Center, a facility operated by the City of Evanston, was built on the grounds of the Ladd Arboretum in 1974 and serves as a focal point for environmental education and volunteerism in the community.
The Ecology Center's mission is to offer educational programs to the local community that will foster a greater appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the environment. The offerings of the Center range from introductory natural history classes, covering areas such as plant identification and animal study, to popular summer camps that engage kids in environmentally focused activities.
A dedicated City of Evanston staff is responsible for the Center's educational programs and day-to-day operations. The EEA supports the Center with financial assistance and with volunteer hours to help fulfill the Center's mission of providing environmental education to community residents.
The Center houses an office, a large multi-purpose room, a nature and gift store, and a small resource library. The large multi-purpose room is normally used for classes and lectures, but can also be rented out for functions. For more details on the rental of this room, click HERE.