Date: April 20, 2024
Time: 11am - 4pm
Location: Forest Park Nature Center

Celebrate Earth Day at our annual festival all centered on the theme of “Leave Only Footprints!”

Guests will enjoy an engaging vendor and exhibitor area that features organizations and businesses with sustainable practices and missions that are eager to share their work, products, and ways you can get involved or make a difference. Our PPD friends from Peoria Zoo and Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum will return with their creative, wildlife-inspired face painting station, and our friends from Camp Wokanda will be back to sell their 2024 maple syrup. We’ll have guided hikes, food and coffee vendors, pop-up activities and stations to explore. New this year, enjoy upbeat entertainment including Safari Joe, Drum Circle, Goodnight Gracie and more!

Complimentary themed totes bags will be available for anyone who purchases a FPNC membership or who makes a donation of $5 or more at the Festival!

The festival and activities are free. Donations are appreciated.

Learn more about all our Earth Week related events by clicking here!


Full Schedule

Happening All Day:

  • Membership Drive/ Tote Bags @ Outside Nature Center
  • Crafts @ Activity Area
  • Nature Activities @ Activity Area
  • PlayHouse Face Painting @ Activity Area
  • Peoria Zoo Nature Center @ Bird Room
  • Cicadas, Birds, Spring Ephemerals @ FPNC Main Room


  • 11:15am-12:00pm: Guided Hike: Feathered Friends of FPNC @ Valley Trail Head
  • 11:15am-12:00pm: Safari Joe @ Stage
  • 12:15-12:45 pm: Peoria Zoo Animal Ambassadors @ Stage
  • 1-1:45 pm: Guided Hike: Wildflower Walk @ Valley Trail Head
  • 1-2 pm: Drum Circle @  Stage
  • 2-2:45 pm: Herp Hoopla @ Nature Center
  • 2:30-4 pm: Goodnight Gracie @ Stage
  • 3-4 pm: Guided Hike: Spring Hike (Bee Tree Trail: Moderate Difficulty) @ Valley Trail Head