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ACTIVITIES GIVE PEOPLE AROUND STATE OPPORTUNITIES TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY 2011
April 12, 2011
MADISON -- Wisconsin played a leading role in the original Earth Day on April 22, 1970, and an even bigger role in the 41 years that have followed.
Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson founded what became the nation's largest grassroots gathering to demand action to clean up and protect our air, land, water and wildlife. Learn more about "Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day: The Making of the Environmental Movement [www.nelsonearthday.net] (exit DNR) on a website from the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
While the original Earth Day was largely a combination of festival, political and academic discussions, and coalition building, in subsequent years much of the focus has been on hands-on opportunities for people to get involved with protecting or restoring natural resources in the area where they live.
In Wisconsin, people will have multiple opportunities for hands-on work at local parks, forest, trails and nature centers.
The statewide organization Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, has organized the third annual Work*Play*Earth Day! to give people a opportunity to celebrate Earth Day 2011 by helping Wisconsin State Parks and Trails get ready for the busy summer season.
Volunteers can join DNR staff, local friends group members, and people from nearby communities for a day of getting their hands dirty helping repair and improve park and trail facilities, then taking time to have some fun enjoying those facilities.
Some of the work volunteers will help out with include planting trees, raking campsites, repairing picnic tables, cleaning-up trails, and pulling invasive species.
When the work is done, volunteers join staff in hiking or biking park trails, visiting nature centers or interpretive displays, or enjoying any of the recreational opportunities available at the different parks.
Each work day will run from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but the schedule may vary slightly at each location. Volunteers should wear work boots or athletic shoes, long pants and bring their own work gloves. Lunch and snacks, donated by area businesses, will be served at many locations.
Advanced registration is free, but required. People can register through the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website [www.fwsp.org] (exit DNR).
Work*Play*Earth Day 2911 events are scheduled for April 16 at Red Cedar State Trail and Big Food Beach State Park; April 23 at Mirror Lake and Kohler-Andrae state parks; April 30 at Peninsula and Harrington Beach state parks; May 7 at Whitefish Dunes and Hartman Creek state parks; and May 14 at Kinnickinnic State Park. For more information contact: Jenna Assmus -(608) 264-8994 or by email at email@example.com
In addition to the Work*Play*Earth Day events, there are many other activities and work days scheduled at state park, forest and trail properties around Wisconsin. People can also check with local chambers of commerce, or conservation and environmental clubs for other activities.
From its inception, Earth Day has been grass-roots driven, with many groups organizing their own local activities. This makes it very difficult to compile any all-inclusive list of Earth Day activities around the state, but the Department of Natural Resources and many of the friends groups that have formed to assist specific properties have organized many events.
The following is partial list of Earth Day 2011 activities.
2011 Earth Day related activities
Thursday, April 14
- Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Milwaukee - Knee-High Naturalist Program Everyday is Earth Day - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - 3-5 year olds.
Friday, April 15,
- Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, (920) 533-8322 -- Nature Storytime: Earth Friends. Kick off Earth Week and learn how to become better friends with the earth and all its critters. This hour of nature fun awaits 3- to 6-year-olds with accompanying adults. Ice Age Visitor Center. 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 16
- Black River State Forest, Black River Falls (715) 284-1406 -- The Friends of the Black River will be having an annual earth day cleanup at the state forest. Approximately 40 volunteers are expected to attend. The Friends will be focusing on materials deposited from last falls flooding along with scattered illegal dump sites in the state forest. Their annual effort has led to a significant reduction in the amount of trash dumped in the state forest.
- Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva, (262) 248-2528 -- Work* Play* Earth Day! See above.
- Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area, Monroe, (608) 966-3516 - Volunteer Work Day. The Friends Of Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area are sponsoring a Volunteer Work Day at the park, beginning at 10 a.m. Work will include installing the posts for the new Nature Trail signs, and cleaning for the upcoming summer season.
- Hank Aaron State Trail, Milwaukee 414-263-8559 -- Earth Day Clean- Up - 9 a.m. - Noon -Clean up along trail. Sign-in locations at Miller Park (near Klement's Sausage Haus) and Stormwater Park (across from Palermos Pizza)
- Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, (414) 527-0232 -- Great American Clean-up. Be a part of the largest annual community involvement program! Garbage bags will be provided to groups and individuals who help clean up Havenwoods or an area in their neighborhood. Registered volunteers will receive gift certificates from local sponsors. For more information, visit www.kgmb.org or call (414) 272-5462, ext. 106. 9 a.m. - noon. No admission sticker required. Earth Day Celebration. Join us in celebrating life on this great planet! Drop in to plant a tree, fly a kite, go on an eco-scavenger hunt, and make crafts from recycled materials. 10 a.m. - noon. No admission sticker required.
- Menomonee River Clean-Up - Community Event - 20 sites along river, Sponsored by Cub Scouts of McKinley Elementary School, Village of Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee Riverkeepers Organization. 9 a.m. - Noon - 414-287-0207 x243.
- Point Beach State Forest, Two Rivers (920) 794-7480 -- The Friends of Point Beach State Forest will be conducting their annual spring cleanup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Red Cedar State Trail, Menomonie, (715) 232-1242 -- Work*Play*Earth Day! See above.
Monday, April 18
- State Natural Resources Building, 101 S. Webster St., Madison -- Second Annual Earth Day Education Fair. Join DNR education and outreach specialists for a DNR Earth Day Education Fair in G09 and on the GEF 2/3 plaza on Monday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will showcase department education programs and provide you with materials and activity ideas for use in day-to-day work or when invited to present at a local school, scout group or other organization.
Tuesday, April 19
- Havenwoods State Forest and Environmental Awareness Center, Milwaukee (414) 527-0232 -- Earth Day Parent and Preschooler Storytime- 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Enjoy stories, games and cake
Wednesday, April 20
- Havenwoods State Forest and Environmental Awareness Center, Milwaukee (414) 527-0232 -- 5th Annual Celebration and Environmental Corridor Ovation Award- Sustain, Reconnect, and Grow Environmental Corridors event, 3:30 p.m., at in partnership with SEWRPC and MMSD
Thursday, April 21
- DNR South Central Region Headquarters - Tire Check and Green Car Show - 11:30 a.m. - Noon - Parking Lot
- Free Bus Rides to Milwaukee Commuters- All Day
- Newport State Park, Ellison Bay, (920) 854-2500 -- Earth Day Work Day. Join Newport staff and friends and help the park get ready for 2011 visitors. 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Friday, April 22, Earth Day
- Kettle Moraine State Forest- Pike Lake Unit, Hartford, (262)670-3400 -- Staff will assist the DNR Forester with the distribution of 40,000 trees to the schools and the public.
- Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek (920) 868-3258 - Earth Day Activities Bat House Workshop 10-11 a.m. Weborg Shelter Building. Pre-register by calling the Nature Center at (920) 854-5976. Find out about bat survival skills, deadly white-nose syndrome, and where to see bats at Peninsula. Assemble a pre-cut bat house kit (crafted by an Eagle Scout). Cost: $10 per kit with all proceeds benefiting Peninsula nature programs. One kit per family. Rachel Carson Reflection Trail An on-your-own activity. Start near Nature Center. Walk the half-mile White Cedar Nature Trail looking for favorite Carson quote and biographical facts. Carson awakened public awareness to the environmental hazards of DDT in her groundbreaking book Silent Spring. Woodcock Watch 7:30 p.m. Meet at Nature Center. Be ready to car-pool to park peenting grounds at this informal, adventurous, naturalist-led program.
- Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, (262) 878-5600 -- Earth Day Picnic and Hike. Bring a picnic and celebrate Earth Day! Prizes awarded for the most "earth-friendly" picnic. Eat until 6pm and hike a one-mile trail after that. Sponsored by Bong Naturalist Association . Vista Picnic Area. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery, Wild Rose -- Earth Day 2011 Celebration. Visitors will celebrate Earth Day at the Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery on from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the kids to learn how much fun they can have enjoying fishing in Wisconsin. Activities for school age children and youth will include fish casting and identification, a scavenger hunt, hatchery tours, and the story of fish migration and egg development, along with many hands-on activities. Guided activities begin at the Education Center at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will last about an hour. Plan to stay after the tour to explore exhibits and two large aquariums in the Education Center. You also can view the oldest Wild Rose brown trout in our historic raceways. To schedule a group tour for 10 to 30 people, call ahead for a reservation at (920) 622-3527, Ext. 209 Joan Voigt firstname.lastname@example.org The Education Center at the Wild Rose Fish Hatchery will be open to visitors for spring in April and May from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays (beginning April 22), and Saturdays (began April 3) and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, April 22 & 23
- Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area, Burnett County -- Earth Day events. The Friends of Crex will be showing Green Fire, a film about the life and work of famous Wisconsin conservationist, Aldo Leopold Friday at 6, 7:15, and 8:30pm (film start times) After the film, enjoy the evening around a campfire. On Saturday, get outdoors in the Wildlife Area during birding and wildflower excursions. Birding Tour from 8 to 10 a.m. Meet at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center then car-pool into the wildlife areas with some of our expert birders in search of spring migrants and returning summer residents. $5/person - First 10 people may reserve space in the van. Prairie exploration 1 to 3 p.m. Meet at the visitor center and car-pool to the prairie on the Eastern edge of Crex Meadows (James Road). Free
Saturday, April 23
- Chippewa River State Trail -- A crew from the DNR Eau Claire office dons sturdy clothes and leather gloves and cleans up the Chippewa River bank from the U.S. 12 bridge moving east along the northern bank along the bike trail that eventually runs below Water Street and into the UW campus. Park of the Amazing Eau Claire Clean-up sponsored by the City of Eau Claire. 9 a.m.
- High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, (920) 989-1106 -- Annual Arbor Day Tree Planting/Spring Clean Up. High Cliff State Park needs your help! Volunteers should meet at the park pavilion at 9 a.m. to receive trees for planting or garbage bags for litter pickup. The Friends of High Cliff State Park will provide a noontime lunch. Groups of six or more should call ahead. Volunteers are urged to bring shovels and gloves. A state park vehicle admission sticker is not required for registered volunteers. Park Pavilion. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, (920) 451-4080. -- Work*Play*Earth Day! See above
- Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, (608) 254-2333 -- Work*Play*Earth Day! See above.
- Newport State Park, Ellison Bay, (920) 854-2500 -- Art in the Park. Artists, photographers and poets are invited to visit Newport and get inspired! Not an artist? That's ok! All are welcome to join the day and view the work in progress. The Earth Day Songfest and Bonfire will begin at 5 pm with Katie Dahl, a well known Door County folk singer.
Saturday, April 30
- Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, (262) 285-3015 -- Work*Play*Earth Day - 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. See above.
- Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, (920) 533-8322 -- Earth Week Clean Up. Help give the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive a spring cleaning. Join others for a morning of camaraderie and litter pick up. Youth and other groups are encouraged to participate. Bring your own gloves. Garbage bags will be provided. Go to the Forest Headquarters off Hwy G to get your road assignment. After the clean up, meet back at the Headquarters for snacks and refreshments. Forest Headquarters. 8:30 a.m. - Noon.
- George W. Mead Wildlife Area, Milladore, (715) 457-6771 -- Annual Earth Week Clean Up Day at Mead. 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Join the fun of enjoying nature and helping "spruce-up" the wildlife area. Efforts will be rewarded with a lunch! Meet at the Visitor Center to get your assigned area. We will be working on the following tasks: Picking up trash in parking lots and along roadsides at Mead & McMillan; cleaning around the outside of the Center; window sills, bricks, kiosks; gardening activities: raking, weeding, and mulching; repairing bricks and pavers around the center and amphitheater; volunteers should bring their own leather gloves. We will provide rubber gloves & garbage bags. Following the clean up, we will provide a lunch of BBQ's on a bun, chips, and soda. If you would like to contribute a dish to pass, it is welcome, but not necessary. Please let us know though, if you plan to bring something! Volunteers should RSVP by Monday, April 18 at 715-457-6771 or by emailing email@example.com.
- Navarino State Wildlife Area, Shiocton, (715) 758-6999 -- Trail Run and Earth Day at Navarino Nature Center Wagon tours of the Navarino Wildlife Area; recycling of compact florescent light bulbs - 25 cents / bulb; Solar / Wind / Geothermal information; Aquatic Invasive Species information; Visit by Smokey Bear; Wonderful Wetlands - Pond Study; LIVE — Amphibians and Reptiles; Nature Center information; Bird house building kits; Water Rocket making and launching; Spring Wildflower Walk; Scavenger hunt www.navarino.org
- Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek (920) 868-3258 - Work*Play*Earth Day 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. See above.
- Town of Rome's Environmental Day -- Focus of event is to: "preserve our environment and reduce our use of energy." .DNR forester Amy Luebke, Wisconsin Rapids, will have a Firewise Display at the event. Rome Town Hall 1156 Alpine Drive Nekoosa, WI 54457 (Town of Rome) 715-421-7875
Sunday May 1
- St. Croix County Earth Day Celebration -- Hosted at YMCA Camp St. Croix Family friendly event will be held from noon to 4pm at the YMCA Camp St, Croix in Hudson. There will be environmental programs, activities, and exhibits. Environmentally responsible organizations, agencies, and businesses with something to contribute to the Earth Day theme (Be the Change) are invited to join in this community celebration. This year we are asking that you provide your own table (no larger than 6'). Financial contributions are needed to help defray the cost of this year's Earth Day and to provide seed money for Earth Day 2012. We also welcome exhibits and workshops related to environmental protection, energy efficiency, recycling, conservation, etc. Volunteers are also needed to help with setup, cleanup and coordination of the event.
Saturday, May 7
- Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca, (715) 258-2372 -- Work * Play * Earth Day! See above.
- Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay, (920) 823-2400 -- Work * Play * Earth Day! See above.
Saturday, May 14
- Kinnickinnic State Park -- Work*Play*Earth Day! See above.
Last Revised: Tuesday, April 12, 2011