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12th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Join together with the community virtually on Monday, January 18 beginning at 10 am for the 12th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service event hosted by the City of Highland Park’s Human Relations Advisory Group and the Park District of Highland Park. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. 
As part of the MLK Day of Service, the Highland Park/Highwood Rotary Club and Highland Park High School Rotary Interact Club are collecting items to support the homeless in Lake County.  The “I Care” Collection will be donated to PADS, which provides trauma-informed support, resources, and shelter to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis in Lake County. For more information on the collection, click here. 
For details on the 12th Annual MLK Day event, click here

Heller Nature Center is an Active Participant in the MLK Day of Service!

A contribution to creating a healthy natural environment outside your own home, trickles down to environments beyond your neighborhood and city.  As Dr. King said it best “all life is interrelated.”

Pick any service project listed below from winterizing your lawn for native birds, cutting back invasive species, spreading native seeds, or even making a phone call for environmental justice.  Send photos of yourself and your family members engaged in your service project or even the final result of what you accomplished and we will post them on the Park District Facebook page so we can all celebrate the service you provided to the community and environment. Photos can be sent to

Winterize your Yard for Birds

Become a bird advocate by creating healthy habitats for migrating and stationary birds. The healthier we keep our environments the more diverse birds we will help on their migration routes back and forth.

Cut Back Invasive Species 

Invasive species like garlic mustard and buckthorn invade and replace native plants in an area causing the balance of an ecosystem to be thrown off.  Discover if you have any in your yard and how to clean them out.

Sow Native Seeds 

Watch pollinators, birds and your yard thrive with native plants. Not only do native plants help to increase biodiversity but they play a crucial role in soil and water conservation.  Best part about native gardens, they are gorgeous!

Pick up Litter in Your Neighborhood, Local Parks, and Other Areas

Get some exercise on your hike and do some good too.  Picking up litter has positive impacts on your community, wildlife and even water ways.  Use the Litterati app to tag items you pickup, challenge others and inspire change.

Environmental Justice

Millions rely upon Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes for drinking water, recreation and more.  From plastic pollution, to invasive species, to storm water management all affect the water ways we rely upon.  Get involved in keeping the Great Lakes healthy and safe for all with the Alliance for the Great Lakes.



January 18
10:00 am - 11:30 am