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 2013 Celebrate Earth Day event will be held from 9am-1pm on April 20th. 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.
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.
- Kenosha Campus: 3520 30th Avenue
- Racine Campus: 1001 South Main St.
Vendor Information (no form, please contact Jill Fall email@example.com for more information)
- Elkhorn Campus: 400 Hwy H
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.
We invite you to join us for our Celebrate Earth Day celebration at 3520 30th Ave. Kenosha. Most of the activities will take place in the Technical Building, the Pike Creek Horticulture Center, and the Center for Sustainable Living. Free gifts to each family.
Compost Pick Up-across from the Pike Creek Horticulture Center
The city of Kenosha's public works department again provides compost for resident gardeners. Please bring your own containers. Limit of 10 gallons per visitor while supplies last.
Recycle Your Electronics. T-111
Bring your computers, monitors, TVs, and other electronic devices for pick up. Please note, there is a $10 fee for glass CRT monitors and tube TVs. Gateway information technology students are offering an electronics recycling station. Come learn how to wipe your personal information off your electronic devices before recycling. They will also perform the "kill" prior to recycling.
Workshop, 10:00am-Noon. T-130
Pre-registration a must. "Green Yards, Cleaner Waters" offered by the Root-Pike-WIN organization. Greener Yards, Cleaner Waters workshops present the best practices for establishing a healthy "green" yard that minimizes polluted runoff and protects our precious waters. Topics include rain gardens, rain barrels, composting, lawn care, native plant landscaping, stormwater, trees and more. Taught by UW-Extension and Root-Pike WIN staff. Workshop is free.
Informational Displays—Technical Building
- Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund. www.chiwaukee.org Information will be presented about prairie restoration and management; the importance of maintenance of native biodiversity; and the 45-year history of Chiwaukee Prairie preservation.
- Down To Earth Community Gardens. www.downtoearthkenosha.org Information about their community garden bed installation program and June Green Festival.
Gateway Sustainability Club. Technical Building-Energy labs. Learn about sustainable energy systems. Make a pizza box food warmer. If sunny, enjoy popcorn prepared using solar power.
- Hawthorn Hollow. www.hawthornhollow.org Learn about this nature sanctuary and arboretum in Kenosha County.
- Master Gardeners of UW-Extension. Learn about the University of Wisconsin-Extension's Master Gardener program discusses vegetable and community gardening.
- Pringle Nature Center. www.pringlenc.org Environmental education, ecosystem management, and outdoor recreational opportunities available at Kenosha County's Pringle Nature Center.
- Root-Pike WIN. www.rootpikewin.org Greener yards and cleaner waters informational booth outside room T-130 where they will be holding a workshop from 10-noon. Advance registration a must at Pre-registration
- Sierra Club http://wisconsin.sierraclub.org/segg/ Learn about wind energy on Lake Michigan.
- Vendors—Technical Building and Service Hallway
- AgGrand Organic Fertilizers. www.dvorganicgrowthfertilizers.com. Sellers of organic fertilizers that are healthy for the environment. No use of hazardous chemicals.
- AIHU. Natural skin treatment products. www.aihu.org/juliemucha. Calming, natural, aromatherapy products . Promote healing skin care and cleaning products. Chemical-free.
- Eco-Fresh Habitats. Information on non-toxic chemical use in home and other environments. Tips on reducing use of one-time use packaging. Recyclable art project for children. Sale of organic cleaning product called Pink Solution.
- Norwex products. http://kathleenfrode.norwexex.biz Chemical-free cleaning products that are safer for the environment.
- Olina Faire. www.olinafaire.com A fair trade company that employs artisans and producers in 17 underdeveloped countries. All items are made from recycled, organic or repurposed goods and sold to help support education and healthcare for the families involved.
- Pressed Creations. firstname.lastname@example.org 90% recycled product using found organic objects like feathers, insect wings, pressed flowers and reused picture frames and recycled paper products.
- Relay for Life-Kenosha. www.relayforlife.org/kenoshawi Featuring solar-powered dancing toys, reusable grocery bags, and items made from recycled plastic LPs. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society-Kenosha Relay for Life event.
- Ruegsegger Farms. www.naturalmeats.org Learn about the benefits of 100% grass-fed beef and lamb; pastured pork, chicken, turkey. Soy-free chicken and duck eggs; Organic produce and other foodstuffs.
- Stein Garden and Gifts. www.steingg.com Stein Garden and Gifts will introduce its expanded line of organic gardening products and accessories.
- Tupperware. www.my.tupperware.com/jollyjane Sale of reusable food containers that are also recyclable at the end of their useful life. Green cleaning recipes.
- Children's and Family Activities—See locations below
- Horse-drawn Covered Wagon. Ride around the Gateway Campus, including transportation to the Center for Sustainable Living on the west side of campus, on a horse-drawn covered wagon. Watch for pick up locations.
Technical Building Room T-115 Children's growing and crafts activities
- pine cone bird feeders
- pebble art
- nature art
- sunflower seed project
- vegetable plants
Center for Sustainable Living – center
9:30 am - Insulation 101: Dealing with the Challenges of Outer Walls, by Larry Hobbs, Gateway HVAC instructor
9:45 am - Home Energy Audits by Robert Kaebisch, Gateway Civil Engineering instructor
10:00 am - The Basics of Surveying Technologies by Jonathan Hardbarger, Gateway Civil Engineering instructor
10:15 am - Geothermal and Solar Hot Water Systems for Your Home by Tom Niesen, Gateway Renewable Energy Instructor
10:30 am - Tour of Center for Sustainable Living by James Gray, Gateway Center for Sustainable Living manager
10:45 am - Insulation 101: Dealing with the Challenges of Outer Walls by Larry Hobbs, Gateway HVA instructor
11:00 am - Home Energy Audits by Robert Kaebisch, Gateway Civil Engineering instructor
11:15 am - The Basics of Surveying Technologies by Jonathan Hardbarger, Gateway Civil Engineering instructor
11:30 am - Geothermal and Solar Hot Water Systems for Your Home by Tom Niesen, Gateway Renewable Energy instructor
11:45 am - Tour del Centro de Vida Sostenible (Center for Sustainable Living) en Español por James Gray, Encargado del Centro de Vida Sostenible en Gateway
12:15 pm - The Basics of Surveying Technologies by Jonathan Hardbarger, Gateway Civil Engineering instructor
12:30 pm - Tour of Center for Sustainable Living by James Gray, Gateway Center for Sustainable Living manager
Center for Sustainable Living – barn
- Learn about organisms in the nearby Pike Creek as seen through microscopes
- Visit and learn about small creatures like salamanders, frogs and turtles (on loan from Bong State Recreation Area)
- Younger children can help "clean up" a lake for the animals living there by fishing out recyclables and other garbage
- Younger children can also find out what happens to sea life after an oil spill -- and help clean up the animals, too!
Center for Sustainable Living – grounds
- Take a guided environmental "treasure hunt" to locate many of the natural and sustainable living features of the property surrounding the Center for Sustainable Living
- Take a bird walk with an expert from Hoy Audubon
Pike Creek Horticulture Center
- Spring cold-hearty plant sale
- Horticulture/Gardening educational displays with many knowledgeable individuals to answer questions
- Haybale gardening—a new take on container gardening.
- Garlic Mustard-- learn and eradicate: 9:00-10:30
- Unveiling of the Pike Creek Horticulture Resource Center
Green informational displays (Michigan, Huron, and Superior Rooms of the Racine building conference center. Enter from the east—lake side; northern-most parking lot is closest.)
Recycled Art Projects table
Recycled Art Contest
Family craft projects
- Egg Carton Animals
- Coffee Filter Butterfly
- Face Painting
- Treasure Hunt
- Honey Bees
- Wild Root Market
- Water Quality Tests
- Personal computer (PC) Repair Clinic provided by Gateway information technology student club (AITP)
- Recycling Truck:
- 150 Tree Give-Away
- Fashion Show (reused clothing, modeled by student services volunteers)
- Coloring Books (Graphics Art Students)
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Outdoor Fitness Course Activity
Fun for all ages and fitness abilities! Special prize drawing for fitness activity participants
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Workshops, Demonstrations, Displays and Information Booths
Farmers Market & Green Market
A'staisora Holistic Wellness Studio - Natural spa products. Chair massages
Norwex - Enviro cloths. Chemical free cleaning products
Peters Amish Chocolates - Handmade fudge & Amish cashew crunch
Zinniker Family Farm - Info about meat sales, honey and soap
Cobblestone Farm - Beef, poultry, vegetables
Pheasant Run - Laundry/dishwasher detergent, sauces, jams, pickle vegetables, fossil kits
St. Peter Church - Far exchange coffee, tea and candy (organic)
Peach Tree Organic Gardens, LLC - Organic vegetables & chicken operations on the south side of Delavan
LotFotl Community Farm - Local grown food. Learn why you should want it, where you can get it and what it does for the planet and community. Honey sales and samples
Sam's Scene II - recycle those clothes
Elkhorn High School FFA - plant info
Bob's Pedal Pusher - bike information
L'Bri - Natural Skin Care Products
Little Miss Sweet Pea - Local farm fresh produce, soaps, hand turned butter, local Wisconsin cheese, herbs, and canned goods
Business Professionals of America - ink cartridges and cell phones
WalMart - plastic bags
G-CPU - computers
DP Electronic Recycling - Will take anything that plugs into the wall. Paying $5 for Whole Computer Towers. Charging $5 for CTR, TV's and Monitors
Walworth County Sheriff Department - prescriptions and over the counter drugs
Organic & Handmade Crafts
Up-Styled - Kids bucket seats - clothes pin baskets - furniture
Naturally Made - Goats milk soap, slumped glass, local honey, felted wood, rosemaling, potter soap dishes, lip balm with own beeswax, beeswax candles, blueberry jam
Sarah Lancaster - Recycled journals
Deb Rich - Gourd birdhouses
Olina Faire - Jewelry made from recycled magazine pages, wallets made from recycled inner tubes. Purses made from river grass and rice bags. Bowls from reclaimed wood.
Katie Schramm - handmade crochet items
Gateway Robotic Welding Club - outdoor garden decorations
Gateway Graphics Club - furniture made of recycled pallets
Solid Waster Division/Walworth County Public Works Department - Answer questions and provide information on local area disposal
Nutrena Food - Backyard chickens 101
John Lancaster - Honey demonstration
Bodhi Tree Acupuncture & Wellness - organic products and wellness
Elkhorn Electric Department - utility information
Elkhorn Recreation Department - Programming and informational flier
UW-Extension - Garden question and answer
Southeast Gateway Group Sierra Club -Conservation priorities: mining, clean air & water, resilient habitats
Wild Ones/Root River Chapter - Presentation "The Purpose Driven Landscape - gardening as if Earth matters." Focused on the philosophy of native landscaping vs. conventional landscaping.
Fellow Mortals - Providing information regarding services provided for injured and orphaned wildlife. Window alerts and wildlife merchandise available
Horton Chevrolet - Chevy Volt electric car
SCJ Johnson Wax - "Bug Show" insect demo
Dog on the Run - various food for purchase
Business Professional of America - popcorn sales
Elkhorn High School Decca Club - bake sale
10:30a.m. - 1p.m. Dangerous Folk/folk trio
Feed the Birds using recycled materials
Make and take projects
Home Depot project
Door Prizes and Raffles
Lots of giveaways!
Thank you to our event sponsors for their generous donations:
- Organic Valley
- Educators Credit Union
- Cafe Fair Coffee
- Johnson Bank
- Elkhorn Rec Department
- Elkhorn Chamber
- A Cut Above Hair Salon
- Brick Street Market
- Catholic Central High School
- Cousins subs
- Designers Edge
- Family Kitchen Restaurant
- Grater Tater
- Great Clips
- Moys' Restaurant
- Napa Auto
- Pappa Murphy's
- Pete's Tire
- Pizza Ranch
- Reineman's True Value
- Sherwin Williams
- Super Wash Car Wash
- The Well bean
- Wishing Well Florist
- Fontana Lakeside
- Clear Water Day Spa