Unplug Illinois

unplug illinois event coverOn Saturday, July 11, people throughout Illinois will ditch their electronic devices and plug in to fun and activities in their communities. Unplug Illinois Day promotes parks as a place to play, and the value that parks and recreation bring in creating healthier communities.

Unplug Illinois Day encourages people to get out, unplug, play and engage with one another through experiences locally. Whether a person is biking with friends on local trails, playing a sport, or taking in a class, Illinois is home to limitless opportunities to unplug and reconnect with nature and the community around them.

  • On average children spend over seven hours a day in front of a screen outside of school and homework.
  • Studies have shown that unplugging is essential to maintain a healthy life.
  • 80% of Americans don’t get enough exercise on a daily basis.
  • 43 % of Americans age 18 to 29 use their smartphones for at least four hours per day.

The benefits of unplugging from technologies drives people to plug in to community, plug in to activity and plug in to friends. Unplugging has been shown to help improve quality of life, help you feel more recharged every day, help you sleep better, and improve your interpersonal communication.

Check out all these options for unplugging this July 11th and any other day you can this month or this year!

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Edwardsville PubliPlug Into libraryc Library - On Saturday, 9:30-4:00 and Sunday, 12:30-4:00, head over to City Park to enjoy a Story Walk and chalk obstacle course provided by the Edwardsville Public Library. Read the book, Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, while strolling through the park and jump, twirl, and play on a chalk obstacle course.


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Plug Into Community - WatershedWatershed Nature Center - Between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM take part in the Restoration Work Days.  Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology?  Watershed would love to meet you! Join the Watershed Nature Center’s Restoration Committee as they spread out across our 40+ acres to clean up our trails, remove invasive species, and help make the wetlands, woodlands, and prairies more welcoming for wildlife and people alike. No experience necessary - all ages, backgrounds, and abilities welcome. (All minors must be accompanied by an adult.) This is a perfect opportunity for families, friends, and young people seeking service hours. Come dressed for the weather, a full water bottle, and a mask. We will break out into smaller groups in order to properly social-distance.

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Plug Into Pickle BallPickle Ball at Plummer Family Sports Park - Have you tried the new Pickle Ball craze?  What is holding you back? Now is your chance to try it out with some help from our friends at One More Game Pickle Ball Club.  Try out the new Pickle Ball courts at Plummer Family Sports Park between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.  OMG will be have extra equipment on hand and be there to help you learn how to play this fun family-friendly sport.

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Local Trails to Try