Earth Day will be observed Saturday with “Celebrate Earth Day” activities 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Gateway Technical College’s Kenosha campus, 3520 30th Ave., and Gateway’s Elkhorn campus, 400 Highway H, Elkhorn.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual event in Kenosha, which has drawn thousands over the years.
“Gateway is proud of this community event that demonstrates our commitment to sustainability, as well as adding to community learning about sustainable practices,” said Gateway Marketing director Jayne Herring.
The event offers a wide array of hands-on activities and ways to gain environmental knowledge in areas such as recycling, repurposing, alternative energy, gardening and organic food. It also offers children opportunities to learn through an assortment of hands-on activities and games.
New this year to the Kenosha event is a children’s climbing activity directed by Aaron Schauer, Gateway’s program director for the new arboriculture/urban forestry program, as well as children’s bee-related activities and games in the Joseph and Kathy Madrigrano-supported Bee Barn on campus.
The event features many Earth-friendly activities, informational booths and children’s crafts across the campus. For a full guide to all activities, go to www.gtc.edu/earthday. The event is free and open to the public.
A few of the many the events and features on the Kenosha campus:
n Composting and vermicomposting; beekeeping demonstrations; question-and-answer opportunities with experts in such areas as gardening, beekeeping, “green” vehicles, green and sustainable energy systems and trees.n Children’s activities in the Technical Building, Center for Sustainable Living and the Pike Creek Horticulture Center. n Horse and carriage rides. Sign-up is necessary for the limited number of slots available.n Informational booths. Environmentally focused businesses and groups will cover a number of areas, including Monarch butterfly preservation, fish of the Great Lakes, household item repurposing and reusing among others.n Recycling of electronics, computers, printers, VCR and DVD players.
The village of Pleasant Prairie is inviting people to participate in an Earth Day cleanup of the Lake Michigan park lands in Pleasant Prairie between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday.
Those interested in participating are asked to meet in the parking lot of Prairie Shores Beach, located south of 107th Street along Lakeshore Drive.
The village will provide garbage bags and latex gloves for volunteers. Participants may also bring their own work gloves and should dress for the weather and walking on sand.
Supporters of Richard Bong State Recreation Area will celebrate Earth Day by helping nature and the park by planting trees and other projects,
AWork Play Earth Day will be held 9 a.m. to noon, at the park, 24313 Burlington Road, Brighton. Those taking part should dress to be working outside.
Volunteers should register in advance by calling 262-878-5601.
The Bong Naturalist Association will also host a picnic and hike to celebrate Earth Day from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Prizes will be awarded for the most environmentally-friendly picnics.
A 1-mile hike will follow the picnic.