On the Saturday closest to Earth Day in April, Gateway celebrates our environment with displays, workshops, hands-on activities for people of all ages, and other environment-related activities. The event, started on Gateway's Kenosha Campus in 2008, was extended to the Elkhorn and Racine Campuses in 2012. Hundreds of community members visit the Gateway campuses to learn and show their support for our environment. The 2014 Celebrate Earth Day event will be held from 10am-2pm on April 26th. A gracious thank you to our event sponsor, Snap-on Incorporated for their support. And, additionally in Elkhorn, to Elkhorn Parks and Recreation Department and the Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce.
April 26, 2014
Kenosha, and Elkhorn Campuses
To host an environmentally oriented exhibit or sell your "green products", please download the vendor letter and forms for the Campus event of your choice.
Each Campus event is coordinated by a local committee, often comprised of Gateway staff, students, and community members. We encourage you to visit each of our campuses to enjoy their unique offerings of education, hands-on activities, and entertainment.
KUSD Earth Day Poster Contest
Kayla Cork from Southport Elementary School won Gateway Technical College's inaugural Celebrate Earth Day poster contest. Joseph Pilman, also from Southport, took second, while Izzy Gharib of Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum took third.
The three will be honored at a noon ceremony at the Center For Sustainable Living's water shed area on the Kenosha Campus during the April 26 Celebrate Earth Day event.
All of the Kenosha Unified School District poster entries can be found on Gateway's Flickr page:
Saturday April 26
3520 30th Ave. Kenosha
Overall event time is 10:00am-2:00pm (clean up begins at 8:45)
On the grounds:
Pike Creek Clean Up 8:45-10:00. Meet at the Pike Creek Horticulture Center for a brief 15-minute discussion about invasive species plants such as Garlic Mustard and Buck Thorn and head out back to Pike Creek to remove invasive species and trash from the creek bed.
Horse and Carriage Rides: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Free Horse and Carriage rides offered on a first-come, first-served basis by Black Tie Carriage Service (soon to provide carriage rides in downtown Kenosha)
Green Vehicle Clinics—Located in the lot behind the Technical building.
- 11:30 Car Care Clinic. Receive tips and advise on how you can keep your vehicle operating better and pollute less. You can be more green with some simple maintenance and periodic checks. Learn how to check your air filter, tire pressure,fluid levels, and the importance of taking your vehicle in for regular maintenance. I will also talk about how doing all of these things will make your car run better and pollute less.
- 1:00 Alternative fuel vehicles. Learn about the differences and advantages to Hybrids, Electric vehicles, and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Electronics Recycling Technical Building Room T-109 and near the Southwest entrance to the Technical Building-watch for signs Gateway information technology students will be collecting electronics such as computers, printers, VCR and DVD players, batteries (including car), and microwave ovens, for recycling. (note: no televisions)
Goodwill Industries Recycling bins. The Goodwill Industries recycling bins will be located in the corridors of the Technical building. They will accept any recyclable objects. For complete list, see their website at http://www.amazinggoodwill.com/donating/donor-guidelines/
Note: UW-Parkside shuttle bus will drive visitors from the Technical Building, Horticulture Building to the Center for Sustainable Living—all located on the Kenosha Campus.
Wall-e (Movie) 2:15 in the Madrigrano auditorium in the Kenosha Conference Center. A Disney movie about recycling and overcoming plantet defying trash problem. Free and open to the public.
“Respect Our Waters Homeowner Workshops: Learn simple tips to keep our water clean. Presented by Root Pike WIN, You can help protect our waters by actions you take in your yard: Install a rain barrel; Build a rain garden; Plant trees; Compost yard waste; Reduce lawn chemicals; Redirect your downspouts to grassy area; Plant no-mow lawn and more. Please register by clicking here.
Pike Creek Horticulture Center
Free Compost provided by the city of Kenosha will be available for pick up across roadpath from the center.
8:45—10:00 Pike Creek Clean up—Invasive Species information followed by clean up. Gloves and bags will be provided.
Noon: Pike Creek Arboretum Dedication, supported by Frederick and Joanie Brookhouse
Pike Creek Center event components 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Demonstrations: Composting and Vermicomposting ; Juicing—beverages for good health
Live Music: TJ Leveque performs live
Horticulture industry vendors : (more organizations to be announced)
- Down to Earth Gardening Promoting Down To Earth Community Garden. Seed starting for kids.
- Juice Plus Company's Aeroponic Grow Tower, Dutch Bucket Hydroponic system
- Racine Urban Garden Network will host a seedling growing activities and handouts of their free workshop schedule, RUGN brochures, including how to compost. Aquaponics.
- Juicing demonstration: Denise Cartagena-Rangel
Hands-on activities: Seed starting GEO-pet creation—Ideal for kids
Resource Center debut: Let Gateway’s Horticulture Experts provide the answers you need. Topics include ridding your garden of common pests, proper planting tips, plant identification, and more. Come with your gardening questions.
Plant Sale: Bare root fruit plants, cool season vegetables and herbs (garage behind the green houses)
Free trees: Free oak tree saplings will be provided to visitors.
AIHU Displaying and demonstrating toxic free skin products, housekeeping products and anti-stress products.
Bigalke, Melody. Artist Melody Bigalke shows how she creates beautiful art and containers from gourds
Bradford High School Environmental club Room T-115: Children engage in recycled crafts including pet rocks, upcycled bird feeders, and bookmarks
AGGRAND Organic Fertilizers. Learn about the benefits of natural fertilizers for use in farms, gardens, and lawn.
Dress for Success program of YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Displaying and promoting our Dress for Success program and how we can help women with interview and business clothing and employment related workshops. Models will also walk the halls featuring sample outfits from the program--watch for the models at the top of every hour.
Eco-Justice Center Displays highlighting Racine’s Eco-Justice Center, volunteer opportunities and upcoming events. We will also be making and have visitors make newspaper seed-starter pots to plant seeds and take home.
Gateway Technical College-AITP Information Technology club Hallway outside Room T-109: AITP will be selling computers that the club has refurbished from past donations. A discount is available to those who bring in a computer for recycling.
Gateway Technical College Sustainability Club—Sustainable Energy Labs: Learn about proper recycling of materials. Kids better understand sorting of trash through an enjoyable Dumpster Dive.
Hawthorn Hollow Nature Center and Arboretum--Learn about this wonderful community asset.
Hoy Audobon Society --Hoy will be educating the public about enjoying both migratory and backyard birds. Don't forget to visit the Center for Sustainable Living today for bird hikes led by Hoy Audobon expert Rick Fare.
Kenosha Bicycle Ambassadors / Working Bike Cooperative Cure Cabin Fever with a spring bike ride! Visit the Kenosha Bicycle Ambassador booth. Kids turn their pedal power into electricity. Plan your spring ride with the latest bike trail information for Kenosha and Kenosha County. Give the gift of transportation. Kenosha Bicycle Ambassadors will be taking donations of used bicycles and bike parts on behalf of Working Bikes Cooperative.
Mahone Middle School Eco Club - 6th 7th, and 8th grade students demonstrate how easy it is to repurpose old T-shirts into bags, animal toys, and hair accessories.
Norwex Environmentally friendly personal care and microfiber products using pure water.
Pike River Watershed Restoration Plan and Implementation efforts Become familiar with this plan, its various projects and timeline for implementation.
Pressed Creations Display of 90% recycled insect & flower crafts. Encouraging and educating visitors on the importance of milkweed propagation in yards & gardens, offering seeds.
Pringle Nature Center, Inc. Information about Pringle facilities and educational programs, located in Bristol Woods County Park. They will be distributing tree saplings while supplies last.
Racine Garden Club Receive information on child and pet-safe methods to kill weeds that also protect the environment.
Relay for Life Available for a small donation to the American Cancer Society purchase solar-powered dancing animals, flowers, insects & more. Upcycled LP records into bowls, flower pots, picture frames and jewelry. Large and durable reusable tote bags.
Respect our Waters Enter a free drawing for a water barrel, take home information on storm water runoff prevention and what you can do at home, and receive free Sparkles temporary tattoos, bookmarks, and buttons.
Rubekia Press. Artists Lisa and Becky show how they reuse materials to create handbound books and journals and other items.
Sierra Club-Southeast Gateway Group The organization will promote renewable energy, including offshore wind and encourage the country to keep carbon in the ground.
Tupperware Display of Tupperware products and discussion of their green properties as reusable and recyclable.
United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Information will be provided on environmental health topics that help residents keep a healthy home. Demonstrations of various tools available to the public that assess energy use, test for radon, and check air quality.
UW-Extension-Kenosha County / Master Gardeners. Sustainable (green) garden ideas for you to use at home.
Center for Sustainable Living
The Center for Sustainable Living and its grounds are available for touring from 10:00-2:00. Come see the windspire, Solar Tracker, photovoltaic exterior lighting, geothermal installation, raised bed gardens, and walking path through a small natural prairie.
10:00-2:00 Sustainable Living Scavenger Hunt The Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to become more acquainted with the sustainable components of the Center for Sustainable Living. Seed packets will be shared with all who finish the hunt. Appropriate for kids in upper elementary-through-high school.
11:00-12:00 Sustainable Art Contest Awards & Viewing
1:00-1:30 Green Living Discussion The Center itself is available for tours from 10am-11am, and 12-whenever Earth Day is done. The interior design room and some displays throughout the Center are there for anyone to see, as well as the windspire, solar panels, orchard, raised beds, and walking path
Center’s Barn and Surrounding Area
- Winners from poster contest will be displayed, honoring those students whose work embodied the tenets of Celebrate Earth Day and water resources.
- What’s in Pike Creek? Gateway Freshwater Resources instructor Mike Schuck will project the microorganisms of the nearby Pike Creek onto a screen through an extremely powerful microscope used in the water quality industry today. Visitors of all ages can try to guess the microorganisms through a chart handed out at the event.
- Bong Recreational Center animals. Several smaller animals from the center will be on hand for visitors to view, including turtles, salamanders and frogs. Bong volunteers will be available to talk about the animals and answer any questions.
- Where does it belong? A hands-on activity for little ones up to second grade, who will “fish” out items of a “lake” and then determine whether they should be returned to the lake because they are water animals or plants, or whether the items is harmful to the water environment and the animals which live there and should be thrown away or recycled.
- What’s in my water? A hands-on activity for third-graders through middle-schoolers, who will learn how to devise and make a water filtration device from scrap paper and recycled material.
- Water games. Some hands-on games for younger ones, including making “dot” water animals, stickers and a ring toss game.
- What’s that bird? Audubon Society president Rick Faire will lead bird walks for visitors of all ages, starting at the barn area.
- What’s in the woods and field? And how do I find it? Boy Scouts lead visitors of all ages on an orienteering environmental walk of the property, highlighting many natural resource aspects that can be found in a typical backyard or field. Those who complete the orienteering trail will receive an environmental goodie at the end.
Technical Building-RoomT-115 Hands-on projects & activities for participants including planting seeds in eco- friendly pots made by participants; making pine cone bird feeders, and making nature art. See a display (with how-to directions to take home) of small, at home greenhouse and worm farm.
- Bradford Environmental Club work with children to make recycled crafts including pet rocks, upcycled bird feeders, and bookmarks
Center for Sustainable Living (up the hill - in the barn)
Pike Creek Horticulture Center: Seed starting—plant seeds and take them home to watch them grow. GEO-pet creation—Ideal for kids
Special Thanks to Snap-on Incorporated for their continued support of Celebrate Earth Day and the Fall Harvest Fair.
Thank you Mahone Middle School Eco Club for serving as volunteer help for the day’s event
Thank you to XTEN Industries for their donation of tool boxes used as special drawing gifts.
Thank you Boys and Girls Club and its Girl Scout Troop for its volunteer help
Thank you Bradford Environmental Club for providing crafts and volunteers for the children’s area-Technical building
Thank you Whyte family for providing crafts and volunteers for the children’s area-Technical Building
400 Hwy H, Elkhorn
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Check back often—we are adding new vendors and activities weekly.
Diane Bauman--Green plants potted in recycled containers. Also will have seeds for purchase.
Pheasant Run – laundry detergent, real wild rice, all natural meats, 100 % pure maple syrup/honey, dig kits for kids, bird houses and similar craft items.
One and Done Cloth LLC – Each one of our cloths are washable, reusable & long lasting
Serenity Soap Works – All natural goats’ milk soap & bath products. Raw honey
St. Peters Church – The purpose of Fair Trade products is to return to farmers a higher price for their products. Products are quality and organic in nature. Coffee, Tea and Chocolate Candy
Quednow’s Heirloom Apple – apple cider and dried apple chips. They will show how their orchard is environmentally friendly...leaving their land natural--no use of herbicides, and that they care for their fruit trees with organic spray materials.
Kettle Moraine Soaps – soap
Incredible Soap – Glycerin soaps, castile soaps, salt scrubs, balms, loofah soaps, cold process soaps by the slice, shampoo
Elkhorn FFA – Plants for sale and promote plant sale.
Luke's Cukes - Selling seedling kits to encourage the community to plant varieties of flowers, produce and herbs. Recycled wood and other natural material projects/natural jewelry & recycled planters. Sell locally produced, 100% Apple Cider and Apple Butter. Provide information about raised garden beds, gardening in straw bales and an introduction to beekeeping.
Sweet Beesus Honey - Raw, all-natural honey (local)
Wild Tree Products by Chef Mike - Wild Tree offers the highest quality herbs, spices, and culinary blends--Free of preservatives, additives, and fillers. Promote a healthier lifestyle.
Gateway Technical College Business Professionals of America (BPA) – toner/ink cartridges and cell phones
Office Pro - On-site paper shredding/4-box limit
Wal-Mart – plastic bags
Walworth County Sheriff – Prescription & over-the-counter drugs drop-off
Beloit Pottery - Hand-thrown pottery
Brenda’s Beads….Art to Wear! – Recycled pendants, crystal, glass, metal beaded jewelry.
Dale’s Garden Glass – glass flowers made from re-purposed dishes
Feeder Fun – squirrel & bird feeders
Gateway Technical College Graphic Communications club - furniture built from recycled wood pallets
Gateway Technical College Welding club - Outdoor lawn ornaments made from recycled metal
Naturally Made – Goats milk soap, slumped glass, dead sea salts, local honey, beeswax candles, lip balm
Recycled Art 7 - Recycled art containing license plates and discarded wood items
Rock County Rocks & Gems - Crystals, minerals, and jewelry
Trashy Treasurers – recycled items made into treasurers
Yellow Dog Treats - Homemade health gourmet pet treats for dogs, cats, horses, small animals and birds. All natural ingredients.
Bob's Pedal Pusher - Bicycling has ALWAYS been green. Hints and tips to make bicycling easier.
Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce –
Elkhorn Park and Recreation
Gateway Technical College
Gateway Technical College CNA Class – glucose testing and BP screening
Gateway Technical College Business Professionals of America (BPA) Demonstrate natural foot scrub made with sugars & vanilla. Will have samples and recipe as well as other natural recipes.
Lakeland Animal Shelter Will bring some friends along to visit with you.
South East Gateway Group(SEGG) Sierra Club – Clean energy: solar & wind displays
Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association - Promoting the importance of pollinators in our environment. How to attract butterflies to your yard.
Walworth County Public Works Department - Trash & recycling services, disposal of special waste items and hazardous waste materials.
Walworth County Visitors Bureau - Handing out Walworth county travel guides and area information.
Demonstrations – location and times TBA
Bug Guy - SC Johnson display of living insects. (Atrium of the North building.
Naturally Made – Booth 12 Demonstration on processing honey. Active honey comb
Kristin’s Kitchen – Demonstration on uses of herbs, samples of pesto herb butter on crackers and lavender/mint/rosemary tea serviced cold or hot depending on weather.
Peter's Amish Chocolates - Amish cashew crunch and handmade fudge
Brianne Zimdars - Mini-muffins and pies. Taking orders for pies and cheesecakes.
Vendelli's - Hot dogs, hamburgers, walking tacos and beverages.
Blowing in the Wind Trio – Folk Trio performing 10:30am – 1:30pm
Zoo to You – 10am to 2pm Petting Zoo consisting of goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, bunnies, a mini donkey, a llama & a calf.
Rudy – Gateway’s mascot, Rudy the Red Hawk greets visitors
Pleasant Run - Booth 7 Free crafts for kids. Make a ball and cup game from recycled materials
Children's Craft Room - Classroom 128 Make a variety of craft items from recycled materials. Plant a flower for blooming and giving on Mother's Day.
Children's Play Area - Parking lot between North and South buildings. Hula Hoops, jump ropes and more
Baskets filled with items and gift cards donated from local businesses. 1 ticket for $1, 6 tickets for $5, or an arm length for $20.
Businesses who donated include: Annie's Burger Town, Apex Chiropractic, Balance Bath & Body, Chris Ann's LLC, Curiosity Shoppe, Delavan Lakes Veterinary Clinc, Friends on the Square, Heart & Hands Professional Therapeutic Massage, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Pizza Ranch, Plaza Pharacy, Salon 67, Show Boat Theater, Super Wash Car, Video N Gamer Gallery, Wishing Well Florist, and J. Roberts.
THANK YOU to the businesses that have supplied these donated items to help make this celebration a great one!
THANK YOU to our overall Celebrate Earth Day sponsor: Snap-on Incorporated