I’m not sure that planting seeds or trees, or even outside clean-up (other than of the snow…) is going to be happening much this Earth Day weekend, but there are still ways to celebrate it in Walworth County.
First, here’s a brief overview of Earth Day: The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, and is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was displeased that an issue as important as our environment wasn’t addressed in politics or in the media. It was after the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara CA that Nelson organized a nationwide demonstration against pollution and the deterioration of the environment. Approximately 20 million Americans joined in support of a healthier and more sustainable actions towards the environment. One outcome of this demonstration was that in December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, what is today the US Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. Earth Day is now a global celebration that extends in some cases to Earth Week, a full seven days of events focusing on green living.
Now, here is what’s happening in the area to celebrate Earth Day:
Gateway Technical College, Elkhorn – Celebrate Earth Day
Sat., April 21 | 10 am – 12 pm
Join Gateway Technical College for a community celebration of our planet at their Elkhorn Campus (Corner of Hwy H & East Centralia)! This free, family-friendly event features: Earth Day scavenger hunt, children’s activities, petting zoo, door prizes & giveaways, plant sale, workshops & demonstrations, refreshments, recycling center, Earth-friendly crafts, Kohl’s Wild Theater and more. You can find full event details at www.gtc.edu/earthday.
Volunteer clean-up of the White River Trail will take place from 8:30 – 10:30 am. Guests can park in the southeast parking lot at the Gateway Technical College campus and walk to the trail. Gloves and bags will be provided.
Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva – Earth Day Wine Tasting
Sat., April 21 | 11 am – 2 pm
If you’re curious about organic, and sustainable wines, this is a great opportunity to try some for free. Jenna will be sampling of organic / sustainable wines from around the world! We’ll have 4 selections that you can try for free, and then take home a bottle of your favorite to enjoy on Sunday – Earth Day!
Delavan Lake Store, Delavan – Celebrate Earth Day
Sun., April 22 | 11 am – 2 pm
Join us as we host a “Celebrate Earth Day” event! We are excited to welcome several different local businesses who have great eco-friendly ideas to share, and you’ll have the opportunity to walk away with some fun freebies, like free seeds for the kids to plant and free eco-friendly coffee, and lots of helpful information. Don’t forget to register for the free Get Clean product drawing and get a free scoop of ice cream.
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy – Buds & Bees
Sat., April 21 | 4 – 6 pm
Michael Fields & The Hive Taproom present ‘Buds & Bees’ in honor of Earth Day. Join Andrea Clemens of Lovelight Flowers on a guided tour of Michael Fields, with mead and honey kombucha samples for the first 50 people signed up online. Note: 4 pm pour, 4:15 pm tour. Suggested donation: $10
RSVP online with this link: Buds & Bees registration
Northleaf Winery, Milton – “Earth Day Ride” Paint & Sip
Sun., April 22 | 2 – 4 pm
In celebration of Earth Day, come sip a little and paint a little, with “Earth Day Ride”. Have fun, relax, make a memory and art! Please arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in.
Friends of Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva – Work-Play Earth Day
Sat., May 5 | 9 – 11 am
Originally scheduled for April 21, but due to the weather has been rescheduled for May 5. Come out and celebrate, belatedly but always relevant, Earth Day by volunteering in the park. Call 262.248.2528 for details.
Kettle Moraine Land Trust – Books, Birds & Butterflies
Sat., May 5 | 10 am – 1 pm
Visit Kettle Moraine Land Trust at your local library to learn about Earth Day and the native plants you can use to help pollinators and beautify your home. Librarians will have a collection of Earth Day and conservation-related books, and a limited number of free native plants and seed packets will be available, plus advise about native plantings that attract birds and pollinators.
Aram Public Library, Delavan
East Troy Lions Public Library, East Troy
Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn
Irvin L. Young Public Library, Whitewater
‘We have only one earth, so we need to take care of her’
Belief held by Gaylord Nelson and wisely held by many more around the world today. Please help do your part, no matter how big or how small that might be,
in taking care of our Earth.