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March 2023
Volume: 33 Issue: 5
O is for "Odds & Ends"
ABCs of Smart Recycling
Do you think twice before you toss?

Many odds & ends can find another useful life through special collections. Read all about the special collection items in this month's blog post.

"Green Playgrounds" Could Help the Climate Crisis
After the 2012 Superstorm Sandy caused flooding, a Manhattan school installed a rain garden, porous turf field, stormwater system and other measures to improve the floodplain located school. The results? Not even a puddle after Hurricane Ida in 2021.

Reducing asphalt around schools can also help reduce heat island effect and absorb groundwater from storms.
Sustainable Design Challenge
Deadline April 3, 2023
Time to register your team for this year's Sustainable Design Challenge. All high school age students who attend DuPage County schools can participate. Give your students a chance to dream, research, build and present a design that tackles a subject students care deeply about: sustainability!

Girl Scout Program
Wednesday, March 22, 5:00-7:00pm
Developmental Disability Awareness Event
How do people with visual impairments adapt to their environment? What does Braille feel like? How many crayons go into a SUPER crayon?

All Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana are invited to join SCARCE educators for a special evening event in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Help Monitor Monarch Eco-systems in Local Forest Preserves This Spring
The DuPage Monarch Project is looking for volunteers to help map the monarch habitat and food sources in local forest preserves during the month of April. Teams of three will walk the forest preserve and record plants that support the Illinois state insect, the Monarch butterfly.

Want to help? Contact Lonnie Morris at
SCARCE in Schools
8th Grade students at Still Middle School (Aurora) learned about sources of water pollution and strategies for prevention.
St. Michael Parish School (Wheaton) held a STEM night where students got some hands-on time with spray bottles and our watershed model.
Last month, the SCARCE team also taught a composting program for Glenbard East High School students (Lombard), visited an Eco Club at Edison Middle School (Wheaton), and provided a staff training for the District 45 Early Childhood Center (Villa Park).
Want SCARCE to visit your school? Email Jean at
Upcoming Eco-Events at SCARCE
Visit SCARCE During Your Spring Break!
Saturday, March 25
SCARCE Open House 9am-12noon
Wednesday, March 29
Friday, March 31
Saturday, May 6
SCARCE-LY USED Books & Records @ SCARCE Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Reuse & Recycling Events
Saturday, March 11
Sunday, March 12
Saturday, March 18
Saturday, March 25
*Addison Residents ONLY
Saturday, April 1
Volunteers Needed!
SCARCE is looking for students 14 and older to help us gather items at reuse and recycling events in the community.

These are great opportunities for students in National Honor Society, Eco-clubs, or other service organizations.

Contact Rose at or complete our short online volunteer application to help people and the planet!
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
Helpful Links
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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part by
the DuPage County Board, Deborah Conroy, Chair,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair,
and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Jan Breyne, Rachel Carlson, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy,
Jean Kent, Emily King, Caroline Prichard, Rose Naseef, Carina Ruscitti & Julie Wachowski
Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 190000000000000
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program.