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Earth Day Celebrations – Willmar 2019

Earth Day 2019: It’s not just any Monday

April 22, 2019, is just another day on the calendar; day number 112 of the year; 247 days before Christmas. April 22 is just another Manic Monday.

Or is it?

April 22 is actually Earth Day, a day set aside to encourage everyone to take an interest in the environment.

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is hosting an Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is free, offering activities throughout the day to show you fun and informative ways to throw a bit more “green” into your everyday life.

This year’s theme is S.O.S. – Save Our Species. Members from the Audubon Center of the North Woods will deliver the keynote presentation. The non-profit residential environmental learning center focuses on focus is on helping people develop a better understanding of the environment by establishing a personal connection to it.

The center offers quality environmental education programs year-round, including nature immersion experiences, day trips and “Dinners at the Lake.”

The day begins with a free-will donation pancake and sausage breakfast — a hearty meal to fortify you for all the day’s activities Prairie Woods has in store. Breakfast is from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Test Your Water

What to get your tap water tested? Well, bring you H2O in a clean glass jar and the MN Soil & Water District will perform a free nitrate test for you.

The event has something for everyone, including scavenger hunts, seed bombs, DNR Laser Shot & more.

Exhausted and need more fuel? Not to worry, hot dogs, Sloppy Joes, and salads will be available for purchase starting at 10:00 a.m. And 4H will have sweet treats for sale all day long.

Donate Used Shoes

And don’t forget — “We want your SHOES!”

During the event, you can donate used shoes in good condition as part of our WorldWear fundraising project. WorldWear provides shoes and clothing for people in need and helps communities raise funds for local programs, all while helping our environment.

According to worldwearproject.com, “while a few communities have textile recycling programs, about 85 percent of this waste goes to landfills where it occupies about 5 percent of landfill space, and the amount is growing.”

Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale

A Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale event will also take place during the event. Donate or buy something to add to your collection. All proceeds go to support PWELC programs.

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Earth Day celebration:

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 8 am – 1 pm

Cost: Free (No pre-registration necessary)

For more information, call 320-354-5894.

This annual Earth Day event is a collaborative effort of PWELC, Middle Fork Crow River Watershed, North Fork Crow River Watershed, CROW, MPCA, Kandiyohi County SWCD, dozens of volunteers and over thirty exhibitors.

Can’t make the event, or want to avoid the crowd? You can still honor the spirit of Earth Day with a peaceful and tranquil day at Sibley State Park.

On April 19, you can take part in the Full Moon Walk as part of the Centennial Celebration. A walk under the light of the full moon is mesmerizing and a beautiful way to explore the environment around you. The walk is from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information, contact Kelsey Olson at 320-354-2002 or by email at kelsey.olson@state.mn.us.

The park offers a multitude of activities. From swimming to boating to fishing on Lake Andrew, to canoeing on Henschien Lake and Swan Lake, to finding a great spot to catch sight of white-tailed deer, you’ll never have a dull moment. More information is on the park’s web site, www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/park.html?id=spk00265#homepage

Don’t let April 22 be just another Manic Monday. There are plenty of ways to let a bit of “green” into your life. And you don’t have to wait to try them out.

Celebrate the place you call home. Get a bit dirty and plant a tree. Toss the can in the recycle bin instead of the trash. Donate clothes you no longer wear.

Remember, Earth Day is more than just a date on the calendar. It is not just about appreciating the environment around you, it’s about preserving the planet 365 days a year (366 days if it’s a leap year). Our planet is truly a splendid place. It is very complex and vibrant, where living creatures interact with each other and their environment to create the ideal conditions for life.

Let April 22 be the day you Show Mother Nature you care about the planet. But don’t let Earth Day be the only day you care.  

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