Posted: March 26, 2019
Leaves and the words "Eco Year Challenge"

Want to be a better friend to the environment but don't know how to get started? Join in the fun with WPL's 12 month Eco Year Challenge! From April 2019 to April 2020 we are working with partners to host events and fun activities that will inspire you to get green -- because little changes can make a big difference.

Spring 2019

Family Hiking Series

  • Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27
  • Locations vary

Click here to learn more and for registration information.

The Monarch Butterfly

  • McCormick Branch
  • Grades 1 to 7
  • Friday, April 12
  • Session 1: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Session 2: 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Registration opens April 5 for Session 1 and Session 2 
  • Participants may register for one (1) session only

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is pleased to offer free educational programming about the Monarch butterfly. Learn about the Monarch butterfly as a species at risk and how you can help with pollination and conservation. Parents of children 9 and under must remain in the program with their child.

Be a Wild Child

Go wild on your PD Day! Explore the natural areas around RIM Park on a scavenger hike, play nature bingo and create art with found materials. This program goes rain or shine so come dressed for whatever Mother Nature has planned.

Make An Ecosphere

Use a jar and real-life plants and animals to make your own little world to keep.

The Joy of Houseplants

At this program for adults a member of the Waterloo Horticultural Society will go over the care of houseplants, the benefits of having houseplants and provide a list of the best houseplants for beginners.

Discovering Insects

Explore insects through stories, songs and interactive activities. Dress for mess as this is a hands-on sensory program with part or all of it happening outside.

DIY Non-Toxic Re-usable Fabric Dryer Sheets

All the bounce and freshness without the toxic chemicals. Make your own dryer sheets at this program for adults.

Community Maker Night

  • Main Library
  • Saturday, May 25
  • 5:00pm to 8:00pm

We've partnered with the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics for a family-friendly evening of making. Explore ways to live waste-free while improving our quality of life. There will be hands-on workshops on making beeswax wraps, reusable bags and starting seeds, community art, games and live music. Everyone welcome...registration not required.

Make Your Own Vermicompost

Join Shefaza Esmail as she teaches participants how to create their very own vermicompost. Vermicompost works well in small spaces and is a great alternative to more traditional compost systems.

Where the Wild Things Are : Babies Edition

Let's head outside for baby time in nature! Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays in various outdoor locations at RIM Park and begin to discover the wonders that nature has to teach our little ones. Weather permitting (in the instance of bad weather we will move indoors, at RIM Park, for a more classic babytime). 

Be on the lookout for the Eco Year Challenge icon through our In the Loop program and event guides over the next 12 months so that you can discover more ways to be green!

Eco-Year Themes


  • April : Celebrate Nature (our Eco Challenge launch!)
  • May : Biking & Alternative Transportation
  • June : Composting & Gardening
  • July : Bees, Butterflies & Birds
  • August : Upcycling
  • September : Plogging
  • October : Textile Waste
  • November : Dispose Properly
  • December : Eco Holiday


  • January : Water
  • February : Animals
  • March : 100 Mile Diet
  • April : Energy Conservation