Picnic for the Planet

During our event, picnickers will have the opportunity to interact with some of Shedd's residents!

Join The Nature Conservancy and Shedd Aquarium to be part of the world’s largest—and most delicious—Earth Day celebration, Picnic for the Planet!

We think Picnic for the Planet can be the world's largest picnic celebration – and this year we want to prove it. Across the world, The Nature Conservancy and partners will be participating in an official Guinness World Records® attempt for the largest multi-venue picnic in 24 hours. That means we’ll be joining people all across the globe to help create the world’s largest picnic event!

Join us:
Sunday, April 22
10:30 a.m. through 6 p.m.
Shedd Aquarium South Terrace, 1200 S. Lakeshore Drive in Chicago

With admission to Shedd Aquarium, picnic guests will enjoy samples of greens, fruits and sustainable seafood that Shedd’s animals like to eat and have the opportunity to get up-close with some of the aquarium's animals. Throughout the day, Conservancy and Shedd staff will have 10-minute Q&A chats and presentations with guests about our work and how the food we eat can benefit the planet. These chats and presentations will take place at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If you can't join us in Chicago, we'll be picnicking in southern Illinois, too!

Sunday, April 22
Noon to 3 p.m.

Cache River Wetlands Center

Grab your blanket and pack a lunch for an afternoon of nature-themed activities, kids crafts and of course…food! Locally raised salad greens and fresh baked bread, donated by the Neighborhood Coop Grocery will be served along with cookies and lemonade. Take home a bur oak tree sapling to plant in your backyard. This event will be held rain or shine. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. For more information, click here.

The Conservancy created Picnic for the Planet in 2011 for one simple reason: to encourage people to get outside on Earth Day and celebrate nature. Nature makes our lives better in so many ways. Aside from its inherent beauty and the joy it brings us, nature cleans our air; provides our drinking water; gives us places to bike, run and boat; and supplies the raw materials used to make our everyday products.

The Earth does a lot for us—let’s take it out to lunch!

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