Exhibitor FAQs'

Dear Earth Day Exhibitor: 


Earth Day has been celebrated for over 30 years in many ways across the world with the common purpose of educating and fostering environmental awareness.


Des Plaines is in their 11th year celebrating Earth Day supporting sustainable practices and developing more Earth-friendly values.   Please join us Saturday, April 21st at the Chicago District Campground as we support national efforts to make our community more sustainable through social and environmental initiatives. 


Who comes to our Earth Day celebrations? This event is free and open to the public and offers a fun-filled day of activities & exhibits. The event attracts groups, families, and individuals who are interested in learning about the environment, gaining insight into new ways to go green and make their communities more eco-friendly, all while having fun doing so. This year’s event will feature environmental and science exhibits, interactive displays, demos, crafts, food, entertainment and more. 


Shift2Green in association with the Des Plaines Park District invite's you to participate in our celebration by applying to be an Exhibitor.  Exhibitors will be assigned to indoor or outdoor sites and are encouraged to bring their own 10x10 tent. Space is limited, so please complete the application form in its entirety. Those who meet the event’s criteria of having an environmental, green or social justice mission as their primary purpose, will be accepted.

We also ask that all Exhibitors have an environmental component to their exhibit and that it be interactive. Here are some Free Resources from the Earth Day Network.

Please keep in mind that Earth Day is a rain or shine event.  Dress accordingly as this is a summer camp and the buildings are not weatherized.  Please complete and sign the application, and for more information, please contact your Earth Day Team.


Earth Day 2018 promises to be an exciting public forum to help mobilize one another to preserve and protect our most precious resource: our Earth. As you plan your Earth Day exhibit consider This quote.

by architect Richard Rogers:


The only way forward, if we are going to improve the

quality of our environment is to get everyone involved. 


~ Richard Rogers, Architect

Sustainably yours,


Cindy Nielsen-Morgan, CSM




We believe this will answer all your questions for the day, what to expect and where it is.  If there are any questions that are not addressed here, please email shift2greenow@gmail.com and we will respond accordingly.  



WHO:          Exhibitors




WHERE:      Historic Methodist Camp, 1900 E Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016


DIRECTION: Enter Gate #2 off Campground Road off Algonquin Road


PARKING:     Along fenceline northside of property - Exit Gate 3  


Please acquaint yourself with your surroundings through this website info and the events of the day and see map below.

ALL vendors must enter through GATE 2 off campground road, accessible from Algonquin Road, and just East of River Road.  Much easier than Busse Hwy. ( trust us on this).

AFTER you unload your wares, you or a volunteer will move your vehicle to a parking lot on the property near Gate #3. NO cars will be allowed to move on the property during the event, so no early exit, and no parking for attendees on the property, a walking event.  There will be signs for parking across the street for guests.  All vehicles will exit at Gate #3. 


Set up for all Vendors will vary by event.  (Earth Day vendors setup 8:00-9:00)


To support the preservation and restoration of this 36-acre, 150+ year old campground for future generations. 



Stop by, take a tour, book an event, attend an event, volunteer, make a donation, be a sponsor!



Upon arrival, sign registration and waiver, and pay your table donation fee  ($25.00/table) if applicable. Cash or check payble to: DEEP GREEN INC or pay online HERE.  You will have a 10ft. table and 2chairs, please bring cloth to cover the tables nicely.  There are outlets if you need, so please bring extension cords. From the pictures below you will see what the room looks like and there is not really a backdrop to hang anything on, so keep that in mind for your set up. 


**Expectation people from all walks of life who care about Creator, Nature and a Clean Energy Future.
**  Events promoted via local media outlets throughout the northwest suburbs. 
**  Special Events may include a Peace Fire Circle with world peace leaders speaking throughout the day to share the wisdom of the elders. This fire has been taking place at Northeastern IL University (NEIU) for over 20 years and will be extended to the campground to reignite the sacred energy associated with this historic landmark, established in 1860. 


*** The cafe will be open with yummy food from one of our guest Chefs. Please call to arrange. Cash Only.


** DGI/Shift2Green has joined with local organizations making a difference to host events at the campground as part of their revitalization and outreach efforts to preserve and restore the campground for future generations.

Increased attendance is expected this year due to the growing interest in the revitalization project.  Under the new revitalization plans, ALL ARE WELCOME!  The preservation and restoration positions the camp as a "green" exhibit space, and "Eco" village with many for-profit and non-profit groups putting the effort forth with a generous heart to make sure this land is here for future generations. 


If you are interested in renting any of the facilities or grounds for your event?  Check out the photos below and contact Cynthia  at 773.800.9174 or shift2greennow@gmail.com.



Click on images below to include on your social media accounts.  Just double-click on the image to enlarge and right click to save to desktop and then upload to your social media sites. We encourage you to post right away to let people know that the venue is a very special place established in 1860, 150+ years old, on 36-acres, with 129 buildings circa 1870's - 1920's. 


 **The attached photos offer a sense of what's available, but you really need to visit to "feel" the history.  It is frozen in time in many ways, and we are happy to answer all your questions about its history.  Established in 1860, the camp operates between May and October.



 ** The white clapboard building with yellow on the outside and the long lunch tables on the inside is known as the Epworth Dining Hall (Pictures 1-4).  



** The knotty pine wood building is The Wesley Tabernacle (Pictures 5-7)

** The map shows you where you enter (Picture 8). 

** All buildings are slated for preservation, restoration, and elevation.



Cynthia Nielsen-Morgan



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The Chicago District Campground

1900 E. Algonquin Road

Des Plaines, IL 60016

1 (847) 636-6355

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