Upcoming Earth Week Door County Events

Door County Earth Week Schedule

All of April                                                          

  • Churches of Northern Door
    • “A Common Prayer Reflection for Our Common Home – Responsibility.” In Ecumenical fashion a collective of Northern Door County Churches will use this common document to share with their communities accompanied by references to Environmental Books and local Green Organizations to join. To anticipate Earth Day, April 22nd
      • Contact: Pastor James Honig, Shepherd of The Bay, 920-854-2988
  • Door County Libraries’ Green Books Displays
    • Build-a-Book and Movie Bibliography and Earth Week(s) Calendar of Events….display.  Suggest your favorite books, movies. At all Door County Library Branches.

4/20 Friday                                                                   

  • 1:00 p.m., Sturgeon Bay High, 1230 Michigan St.
    • “Green and Healthy Schools Consultation Workshop”., Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education.
    • The Wis. Center for Environmental Education provides people with the knowledge, skills, ways of thinking, and opportunities to promote a healthy and livable world. It is a holistic and systems-based approach to teaching and learning that integrates social justice, economics, and environmental literacy. The ultimate outcome: to sustain both human and natural communities.
  • 5:00 p.m., Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St.
    • “Cultivating Community with the Green Tier Legacy Charter“, In a special Earth Week presentation, Will Erikson (DNR Environmental Business Support Coordinator) will give an overview of what it means to be a Green Tier Legacy Community. Hear an update from the Village of Egg Harbor as they step into their first year as a Green Tier Legacy Community.
  • 7:00 p.m., Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St.
    • “Inspired by the Earth: Green Drinks & Karaoke Sing Along”, Get down with your green self and kick of Earth Week. Sing the songs of John Denver, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, or your karaoke specialty.  Music by Caleb Frostman. Snacks and refreshments will be available

4/21 Saturday                                                                

  • 10:00 – Kress Pavilion & Library Opens, Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St.
    • “Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and Earth Day with Serenity Bridge Yoga and Open Door Bird Sanctuary”
  • 10:30- Kress Pavilion & Library Opens, Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St.
    • Kids Earth Day Yoga: Ann Johnson will kick off the day by  Serenity Bridge with Earth Day Kids Yoga!   The program is targeted for ages 3-7, and include fun yoga poses along with stories, games and a lot of imagination that will celebrate our love for the earth.
  • 11:00- Kress Pavilion & Library Opens, Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St.
    • Crafts & Hands on Activities.
  • 12:00- Kress Pavilion & Library Opens, Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St.
    • Open Door Bird Sanctuary Presents “Hunters of the Sky” Raptor Program. We will celebrate our feathered friends with activities all day. The program will focus on a mix of owls, hawks and falcons and their highly specialized hunting techniques and physical adaptations that make them successful.
  • 1:00 PM- Program ends

4/22 Sunday                                                                          

  • 10:00 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St. (Rt 42), Ephraim
    • “Citizen Actions to Protect the Waters of Northeast Wisconsin” Dean Hoegger, President, NEW Clean Water Action Council, will talk about the rights of citizens to protect both ground and surface waters, recent citizen actions, opportunities for citizen participation, and the barriers for citizen participation in northeast Wisconsin.
      • Cost: Free

4/23 Monday                                                                     

  • 2:00-4:00 p.m., Fish Creek Library Conference Room, 4097 Main St.
    • “The Eden Project”: This is a documentary on the evolution of a fantastic idea on the rough but beautiful Cornish coast of England. In about 1995 an idea was born to celebrate the Millennium by creating a massive tribute to the plant kingdom and our complete dependence on it! A group of diverse individuals coalesced into a remarkable team and turned an industrial waste site into one of the world’s most amazing, lush, educational and entertaining environmental centers. About 20 times larger than the most ambitious hot houses, it features tropical jungles and arid desert climates right on the west coast of England. In a little over an hour we will sample the excitement that this project engendered and visit a breathtaking “Sustainable Disneyland of Nature”, very close to where the very popular TV series “Doc Martin” has been filmed. -Green Movie Series
      • Sponsor David Lea from Sustain Door will host and provide Q&A, present on prospects for environmental advancements forthcoming from this project.

Green Movie Series Double Feature

  • 3:30 p.m., Sister Bay Library, 2323 Mill Rd.
    • “The Lorax”, for kids and adults needing childhood fun. Based on the book by Doctor Seuss, a 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The forest-dwelling Lorax has to stop the short-sighted Once-ler from ruining the environment for profit in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic.
  • 5:30 p.m., Sister Bay Library, 2323 Mill Rd.
    • “Inconvenient Truth, The Sequel” (followup to “An Inconvenient Truth”): A 2017 American documentary film about former US Vice President Al Gore’s continuing mission to battle climate change. The film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem.

4/24 Tuesday                                                               

Green Movie Series Double Feature:

  • 4:30 p.m., Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St.
    • “The Lorax”, Based on the book by Doctor Seuss, a 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The forest-dwelling Lorax has to stop the short-sighted Once-ler from ruining the environment for profit in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic.
  • 7:00 p.m., Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St.
    • “The Messenger” (documentary): An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet. Cost: Free
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m., Sister Bay Library, 2323 Mill Rd. (upper conference room)
    • Spring Herbs of Door County: Door County’s herbs, medicinal & food use.
      • Presenter: David Laluzerne
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m., Sturgeon Bay Library (Jane Green Room), 107 S 4th Ave.
    • “Inconvenient Truth, The Sequel” (follow up to “An Inconvenient Truth”): A 2017 American documentary film about former US Vice President Al Gore’s continuing mission to battle climate change. The film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem. – Green Movie Series
      • Q&A guide and discussion leader: Tony Gatenby, Door County Climate Change Coalition, aag51@aol.com. (920) 854-4633

4/25 Wednesday                                                             

  • 3:30 p.m., Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S 4th Ave.
    • “WALL-E”, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he’s more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE (Elissa Knight), a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy. – Green Movie Series (for kids)

4/26 Thursday                                                             

  • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Nature Conservancy Mink River Preserve”, 309 Rt 42, Ellison Bay.
    • Tree Planting Event: “Connect with Nature at The Nature Conservancy Mink River Preserve”
      • For information, flyer and map contact: Climate Change Coalition of Door County, Katie@lnrp.org 920-279-3648
      • ATTENTION: DUE TO THE RECENT SNOW STORM, IT IS POSSIBLE THIS PLANTING WILL BE POSTPONED. DETAILS WILL BE FINALIZED MONDAY, APRIL 23RD. PLEASE CHECK climatechangedoorcounty.com  FOR UPDATED PLANTING DATES IF THE CONDITIONS ARE NOT FAVORABLE FOR ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING.
  • 1:00-3:00 p.m., Heins Creek Preserve, 7112 Rt 57 (between Baileys Harbor and Jacksonport)
    • “Land Trust Celebrating Earth Week Walk at Heins Creek Preserve”, Join us for a special Earth Day hike at the Door County Land Trust’s Heins Creek Preserve! This beautiful preserve is part of a larger isthmus of wetlands and wooded sand dunes between Kangaroo Lake and Lake Michigan. These dunes were formed thousands of years ago after the glaciers melted and lake levels dropped, eventually closing off the old bay of Lake Michigan, forming what is today Kangaroo Lake. Heins Creeks, a Class II trout stream, drains from the south end of Kangaroo Lake, passing through the preserve to Lake Michigan. Trails are relatively easy to traverse, with some sandy and muddy places throughout. This walk will cover a portion of the 1 mile trail system, and take approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours.
      • Limit:  35 registered hikers
      • Registration at:  doorcountylandtrust.org
      • Leaders: Chuck Lauter  Co-leader:  Terrie Cooper
  • 7:00 p.m., Bjorklunden Conference Center, 7590 Boynton Ln, Baileys Harbor
    • Wisconsin’sTrees and Forests – A Societal Treasure Hidden in Plain Sight”
    • “Climate Change–A Prelude to Earth Week’s Tree Planting Events”.
      • Presenter: Paul De Long, American Forest Foundation, Washington, DC (former Wis. State Forester, DNR)
      • Sponsor: Climate Change Coalition of Door County.
      • Hosts: Dick & Mary Smythe, smythe@yahoo.com, (920) 854-3330

4/27 Friday                                                                     

  • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Nature Conservancy Mink River Preserve”, 309 Rt 42, Ellison Bay.
    • Tree Planting Event: “Connect with Nature at The Nature Conservancy Mink River Preserve”
      • For information, flyer and map contact: Climate Change Coalition of Door County, Katie@lnrp.org 920-279-3648
      • ATTENTION: DUE TO THE RECENT SNOW STORM, IT IS POSSIBLE THIS PLANTING WILL BE POSTPONED. DETAILS WILL BE FINALIZED MONDAY, APRIL 23RD. PLEASE CHECK climatechangedoorcounty.com  FOR UPDATED PLANTING DATES IF THE CONDITIONS ARE NOT FAVORABLE FOR ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING.
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m., The Ridges, 8166 Rt 57, Baileys Harbor
    • “Biological control: Nature fighting pests for you” Annie Deutsch, UW Extension Agricultural Agent, presents an overview of natural predators to control insects.  Birders George Cobb and Jane Whitney will discuss bird species and the benefits from less pesticides.
      • Sponsors: The Ridges, U/W Extension Agricultural Programs

4/28 Saturday                                                                           

  • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Nature Conservancy Mink River Preserve”, 309 Rt 42, Ellison Bay.
    • Tree Planting Event: “Connect with Nature at The Nature Conservancy Mink River Preserve”
      • For information, flyer and map contact: Climate Change Coalition of Door County, Katie@lnrp.org 920-279-3648
      • ATTENTION: DUE TO THE RECENT SNOW STORM, IT IS POSSIBLE THIS PLANTING WILL BE POSTPONED. DETAILS WILL BE FINALIZED MONDAY, APRIL 23RD. PLEASE CHECK climatechangedoorcounty.com  FOR UPDATED PLANTING DATES IF THE CONDITIONS ARE NOT FAVORABLE FOR ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING.
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Sturgeon Bay High Auditorium, 1230 Michigan St.
    • “Protecting Our Ground Water: A Community Forum” To begin, U/W-Oshkosh Geology Professor Maureen Muldoon and USDA Agricultural Researcher Mark Borchardt will discuss Door County’s unique geology and challenges in protecting our groundwater based on current science. To close, a local panel consisting of Door County Corporation Council’s Grant Thomas, Assistant County Sanitarian Chris Olson, and County Conservationist Erin Hanson will explain past efforts in the County to prevent human and animal waste contamination to groundwater.
      • Sponsor: League of Women Voters, Door County, Susan Kohout, rrkohout@gmail.com, 920-743-1527
  • 3:00-5:00 p.m., The Clearing’s Jensen Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Rd, Ellison Bay
    • “The Messenger”, Documentary is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet. -Green Movie Series
      • Discussion Leader: Charlotte Lukes & Dick Smythe. Door County Environmental Council,
      • Coordinator, Host: Mike Bahrke, msb11649@gmail.com, 920-495-5443
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m., Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond, 10118 Moravia St., Ephraim
    • “An Evening at Nature’s Opera:  Frog Chorus”, As spring temperatures rise, frogs begin their spring search for a mate, and they use their amazing vocal chords to announce their presence. Learn about the various ways of identifying frogs by sound, and about the efforts to monitor frog populations in Door County. This sensitive species is an indicator to the health of the ecosystem, and their resounding sound is music to many conservationists! Trails are relatively flat but can be a little rocky, so wear good walking shoes. Evening light will guide us, but bring a flashlight to be safe.
      • Limit 20 Registered Hikers
      • Registration at:  doorcountylandtrust.org
      • Leaders: Marilyn Hansotia
      • Co- Leaders: Bob Judd, Tom Clay

Directions: Park at the Anderson Dock or Hardy Gallery, cross Hwy 42, walk east on Anderson Lane one block until it intersects with Moravia St., turn left on Moravia and meet at DCLT trailhead sign

 

BACKGROUND                                           

Earth Day (always April 22nd) and Arbor day (always the last Friday in April) are two keystone days for the environment. They also signal the beginning of spring and renewal, and reinforces our goal of protecting our fragile earth in any way possible. To focus attention on these days, we’ve titled the time between the two as “Earth Week”.

Earth Week Door County began with a focus on tree planting, but has expanded to include a variety of other activities. Our long-term goal is to draw attention to time between Earth and Arbor Days by providing a wide variety of earth-centric events, whether they be discussions & presentations, films, activities like student and volunteer tree planting, lists of books to read, local/state/national presenters, music, and more. We’ve also a long-range goal of creating “shoulder season” events to bring folks to Door County before the traditional tourist season.

Beginning in 2016, the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, The Forest Recovery Project, The Ridges Sanctuary, and The Nature Conservancy teamed up to bring together more than a week’s worth of activities that will help everyone observe Earth Day and Arbor Day. Now our goal is to help be a clearinghouse of information for Earth Week-centric activities, a focal point to share information from other like-minded groups.

 

 

 

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