Remember April 22 is Earth Day. Consider joining in a community cleanup.
Down to earth fun
Kathryn A. Kahler
Ah, Spring! A time of hope, rebirth and renewal. A time to brush cobwebs from corners of the garage and dry grass from flower beds. A time when, at the end of the day, as the poet Margaret Atwood said, you should smell like dirt. Opportunities to achieve that olfactory distinction abound at parks and public places across the state. So pack up the kids, don the boots and work gloves and be ready to pick up trash at these recommended events:
Spring Cleanup at Navarino Wildlife Area, Saturday, April 2, starting at 8:30 a.m. At noon head to the Nature Center for a cookout for the volunteers. Navarino Nature Center, W5646 Lindsten Rd, Shiocton. Call (715) 758-6999.
16th Annual Spring River Cleanup, Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. to noon, at 50 parks and riverways throughout the Greater Milwaukee area. Be part of Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful Day and the All-American Cleanup and get a free T-shirt (while supplies last). To volunteer, email Davita or call her at (414) 287-0207 ext. 243. Visit milwaukee RIVERKEEPER for more information.
Havenwoods Cleanup and Green-up, Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. to noon. After helping with cleanup, join in celebrating Earth Day – plant a tree, fly a kite, go on an eco-scavenger hunt, or make crafts from recycled materials. Call (414) 527-0232 for information. Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee.
Take a break from cleanup and celebrate our stately trees with Smokey Bear, Bucky Badger and Alice in Dairyland and sing along with Ken Lonnquist at the Big Tree Arbor Day planting at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on Friday, April 29.
Earth Week Cleanup, Saturday, April 30, starting at 8:30 a.m. Join others for a morning of camaraderie along the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive. Youth and other groups are encouraged to participate. Go to the forest headquarters off Highway G for road assignment then meet back at the headquarters for snacks and refreshments when you're finished. To register groups, call (262) 626-2116. Kettle Moraine Northern Unit Headquarters, N1765 County Rd G, Campbellsport.
Ridges Spring Volunteer Day, Saturday, May 7, starting at 8:30 a.m. Help spruce up by hauling wood chips, cleaning and lending a hand with general repairs. Volunteers will be treated to hot pork sandwiches, brownies and refreshments when the chips are down and done! Ridges Sanctuary Nature Center, 8288 Co. Rd. Q, Bailey’s Harbor. Call (920) 839-2802.
Spring Dune Day at Whitefish Dunes State Park, Saturday, May 7, starting at 9 a.m. Crews of all levels of ability, strengths and ages are needed. Children under 18 must work with an adult. Inside work is available. Lunch for those who sign up is at noon and an afternoon session begins at 1 p.m. 3275 County Highway WD (Clark Lake Road), Sturgeon Bay. Call (920) 823-2400.
Get down and dirty at Old World Wisconsin every Saturday in May from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and help staff ready the farmsteads for the growing season. Then on May 21, at the Rituals of Spring, see farmers prepare the ground for planting using teams of draft horses. Watch dogs herd sheep then see handlers sheer the sheep and card, spin and dye the wool. Make a day of it and head to the historic Clausing Barn for the Farmhand Buffet (4-7 p.m.) and party into the evening at the After-hours Barn Dance (6-9 p.m.). The buffet is heaped with homemade, old-fashioned bounty. No prior dance knowledge is required, but be sure to reserve a space for you and your partner by noon Friday, May 20. Old World Wisconsin, S103 W37890 Hwy 67, Eagle. Reservations available online at Old World Wisconsin or call (262) 594-6301.