How Will You Celebrate Earth Day 2012?
Earth Day. It holds a lot of meaning for many of us. In elementary school, the celebration of Earth Day was something I looked forward to. The teachers would build it up, get us all excited, and we helped organize and conduct a local clean-up of our neighborhood and school. It was one of many things in my childhood that I think lead to my excitement for educating about the environment.
(image credit: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Source: MPRB website)
While the first Earth Day in 1970 led to the creation of many important governmental acts and agencies, the purpose of this post is not to relate the history to our readers. If you are interested in the history of Earth Day, visit the official website at EarthDay.org. To go directly to the history, click here: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement
The purpose of this post is to highlight a few of the things local institutions and centers are doing to celebrate our planet. Here are just a few of the events occurring around Minnesota that you can attend to celebrate Earth Day.
Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul is holding their annual Earth Day volunteer event on Tuesday, April 24, from 5:15-8:00. It’s an all ages event that will include a burger or hot dog and then various Earth Day activities around the Nature Center. Help remove the ever present (and persistent) buckthorn and other invasive species. There may also be opportunities to help with litter pick-up, preschool clean-up, and garden bed preparation. For more information visit: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/Activities/?activityId=677 Please RSVP by April 20th.
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings is providing a program on Organic Gardening on April 22 from 1:00-2:00 PM. Learn about mindful eating and sustainable food sources. Instructor Amy Field will demonstrate how to make fast and easy container gardens, and show you how you can get involved in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). For more information visit www.CarpenterNatureCenter.org or call 651-437-4359.
River Bend Nature Center in has no public celebrations but they work with a local school to do service projects around the nature center, including the removal of invasive species. Visit their website at www.RBNC.org
Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes is holding a free event on Saturday, April 21, that will include canoeing and a climbing wall. Learn about Wargo’s native gardens, make an Earth-friendly project to take home, and visit the Earth Day Fair to learn more from local organizations and businesses about Earth-friendly practices and products. Visit their website here: http://www.anokacountyparks.com/parks/wargo_nature_center/about.html
Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield is holding a buckthorn busting event on Sunday, April 18, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and it’s free! Get in shape and help the planet by pulling up this invasive species by it’s roots! For more information visit: http://www.woodlakenaturecenter.org/Events/EarthDay.html
The city of Winona is holding an event on Saturday, April 21, from 10:00pm to 5:00pm. For more information visite here: http://www.cityofwinona-mn.com/page/2963 or contact Julie Fassbender at 507-457-8258.
The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth also has Earth Day activities planned on Sunday, April 22. Visit their website here: http://www.glaquarium.org/
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board puts on an annual clean-up of the parks. This year’s is on Saturday, April 21 from 9:30am to Noon. Visit here: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1195 for the list of clean up sites. They also hold a fundraiser for future clean-ups: The Recycle Run! More information on the run and registration can be found here: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1016
We encourage you to contact places around your area to find out more about what they may have going on for Earth Day. Or celebrate on your own! Go on a hike, plant a tree or a garden, clean up the litter from your street, adopt a highway, recycle old items, UP-cycle old items by turning them into something new, ride your bike or walk instead of driving. The ideas are endless.
Whatever you decide to do to celebrate Earth Day, enjoy it and this fantastic planet we’re all lucky enough to live on. Let’s make it a cleaner one
- Katie-Lynn Bunney (MAEE Board Member)