3520 30th Ave. Kenosha
Overall event time is 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (creek clean up begins at 8:45)
Check back often—we will be adding information as vendors and activities are confirmed.
ON THE GROUNDS
Pike Creek Clean Up 8:45 - 10:00 am. Meet at the Pike Creek Horticulture Center for a brief 15-minute discussion about clean up goals and head out back of the building to Pike Creek to remove trash from the creek bed. Following the clean up, volunteers will come together at the Pike Creek Center to reflect on what they've learned and how they can personally make a positive impact on the environment. Volunteers will receive a certificate acknowledging their involvement.
Gateway Alumni Breakfast - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Join fellow Gateway Alumni in an informal breakfast gathering during Celebrate Earth Day from 10:00-11:30 am. In room T-130, in the midst of Celebrate Earth Day activity stop by to say hello and learn about Gateway's rapidly expanding Alumni Association along with breakfast. Drawing at 11:00 for an 11:30 horse and wagon ride.
A Children's Tree Climb - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (weather permitting) Guided by Arboriculture and Urban Forestry experts from Gateway's new Associate Degree program and hosted by the Wisconsin Arborist Association, children will be harnessed into professional tree climbing safety gear and hoisted into the more than 200 year old Oak tree on the west side of Campus, up the hill towards the Center for Sustainable Living.
Horse and Wagon Rides - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Free Horse and 12-person wagon rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis by Black Tie Carriage Service. Pick up at Pike Creek Horticulture Center.
Oak Tree Planting – 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Join us in planting oak trees as part of the restoration of the native prairie located at the center of the nature trail behind the Center for Sustainable Living.
Truck cab rides for children. Take a short spin in the Gateway parking lot in the cab of a clean diesel vehicle. Located outside (weather permitting) next to the Kenosha Conference Center (in front of the Solar Tracker).
Electronics Recycling -- Drive up/Drop-off. SOUTH entrance to campus and drive west to Technical Building south entrance-watch for signs. Electronics recycling will be coordinated by the information technology students of Gateway Technical College and the services of a professional recycling firm, CasBro Recycling. All electronics can be driven directly to the truck located at the south entrance to the Technical Building. Student volunteers and recycling company representatives will assist you by destroying personal information/your hard drive before recycling.Click through to the CasBro website (link is external) for a list of items CasBro will accept. This year, NO televisions or CRT computer monitors will be accepted.
Center for Sustainable Living. Visit the eco-friendly house, environmental Nature Discovery trail, and fabulous kids' activities in the barn. This year's educational focus is Pollinators: Bees, Bats, and Butterflies. View demonstration projects for Gateway's Sustainable Energy Systems programs--Come see the wind spire, photovoltaic installations, solar hot water, and geothermal HVAC system. Bird walks will be conducted by Hoy Audubon's Rick Fare throughout the day. Visit tiny creatures visiting from Bong Recreation Area. And enjoy a visit inside the Bat Cave.
Note: UW-Parkside shuttle bus will drive visitors between the Technical Building, Pike Creek Horticulture Building and the Center for Sustainable Living—all located on the Kenosha Campus. A short, pleasant walk when the weather cooperates.
Food: Refreshments will be offered for purchase by De La Rosa's food truck. Look for them parked outside of the north entrance to the Technical building.
PIKE CREEK HORTICULTURE CENTER
Free compost provided by the city of Kenosha will be available for pick up in the parking lot across the drive from the center. Bring your own container!
8:45—10:00 Pike Creek Clean up—Invasive Species information followed by clean up. Gloves and bags will be provided. All welcome.
Horticulture industry exhibitors:
- Gateway Technical College Urban Farm
- Gateway Horticulture--Alternative Grow Methods including: Aeroponic Grow Tower, Dutch Bucket Hydroponic system, circular grow tower
- Bee keeping--The Racine Kenosha Beekeeper's Association will have an observation hive (weather permitting) and answer questions about beekeeping
- Farm Fresh Atlas of Southeastern Wisconsin Providing free Atlases to the public. Answering questions and providing information regarding local, sustainable food in our region
- Student Association of International Floral Design (SAID)
- Hawthorn Hollow arboretum and nature center
- Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) and Respect Our Waters Learn tips for things you can do on our own property to reduce stormwater runoff pollution. Enter a drawing for a free rain barrel.
- LakeView Technology Academy Environmental Club. The club will have three booths of information: Recyclable materials will be outlined through a presentation board and a participatory game; Students will explain their desalinator and why it is important; and they will discuss the importance of bees in our environment.
Hands-on activities in the Urban Farm Lab: GEO-pet creation—Ideal for kids.
Mini Terrariums. Purchase materials onsite, create your own mini terrarium and take it home with you.
Resource Center: 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: Perennials, natives, cool season annuals, vegetables, and herbs (garage behind the green houses)
Free trees: Free oak tree bare-root saplings will be provided to visitors.
EXHIBITORS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Bigalke, Melody. Artist Melody Bigalke shows how she creates beautiful art and containers from gourds
Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund Learn about prairie preservation, restoration and management
Crafts She Made Items from found objects: Glass marble magnets, flattened bottle cap keychains, cement memo holder.
EM's Magical Treasures Recycled and Upcycled items for sale. Girl Scouts to do demonstrations of upcycling crafts
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.
InSinkErator As communities deal with the shortage of landfill space, InsinkErator will discuss how food waste can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
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.
Kenosha Community Sailing Center Learn about the power and joy of Lake Michigan--our great natural resource--through the sailing program
Kenosha Public Library Learn how the library is the best place for renewable resources when it comes to learning, enrichment, and entertainment! Come sign up for a library card, learn what you can stream & download for free, and make your own mini book!
Kenosha Public Museum The Kenosha Public Museum will be showing animal adaptations from different ecosystems. We will have skulls from animals big and small to see what they eat and how their diet changes their teeth.
Kenosha Water Utility. Promoting the high quality of Kenosha water (vs. buying bottled water); proper disposal of household hazardous waste; water production process and more. Please see our water tap display outdoors across from Pike Creek Horticulture center and enjoy some of the best water to be had in the world.
LakeView Technology Academy Environmental Club. The club will have three booths of information: Recyclable materials will be outlined through a presentation board and a participatory game; Students will explain their desalinator and why it is important; and they will discuss the importance of bees in our environment.
Mahone Middle School Eco Club - 6th 7th, and 8th grade students demonstrate how easy it is to repurpose old household items into games (and you get to PLAY), items repurposed for crafts, and plant seeds.
Mahone Middle School Performing Arts Puppet Show about the importance of pollination
Mahone Middle School STEM Mahone Middle School STEM projects done by 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
Mahone Middle School Generosity Club--Did you know that butterflies tell scientist that and ecosystem and environment is healthy? Visit to learn some facts about butterflies while creating a gift to take home. Come stop by and meet some amazing middle school students who will showyou how to make the coolest butterfly ever!
Norwex The power to clean without powerful or harmful chemicals.
Pressed Creations Display of 90% recycled insect & flower crafts. Encouraging and educating visitors on the importance of milkweed propagation in yards & gardens, offering free 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.
Rubekia Press. Artists Lisa and Becky show how they reuse materials to create handbound books and handbags and will offer printing demonstrations.
Sierra Club-Southeast Gateway The club offers environmental programs, outings, and is actively involved in local and regional environmental initiatives and actions.
Step Up/BSU Club We will be displaying our G-Boutique which is a clothing boutique for our Gateway students donated by our Gateway staff of gentle used professional clothing and accessories. We will also be selling Amaryllias for a club fundraiser to help with efforts to travel to Portland, OR for a conference.
UW-Extension Master Gardner Program We will be talking about UW-Extension's Master Gardener Program
Wild Ones-Root River Chapter Wild Ones is a national organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities. We will have information about growing milkweed for monarchs and about our native plant sale in June.
CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
The Center for Sustainable Living and its grounds are available for touring from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Come see the wind spire, Solar Tracker, photovoltaic exterior lighting, geothermal installation, raised bed gardens, and walking path through a small natural prairie.
- Geothermal, solar, and home efficiency products
- Sustainable products and new displays, come see how to make your home more sustainable!
CENTER’S BARN AND SURROUNDING AREA
- Explore hands-on activities about bees, bats and butterflies! Explore a bat cave and try to catch the same food as bats would eat. Bats are also great pollinators.
- Bong Recreational Center animals. Several smaller animals from the center will be on hand for visitors to view. Bong volunteers will be available to talk about the animals and answer any questions.
- What's in the woods and field? And how do I find it? Mahone Middle School students lead visitors of all ages on a walk through the nature trail on the grounds of the Center for Sustainable Living.
Technical Building-Rooms T121, T123-127
- Hands-on projects & activities for participants including planting seedlings, making eco pots from newspaper to plant seeds, make a seed viewer to take home, make pinecone bird feeders, and create art with treasures found in nature.
- Mahone Middle School Eco Club work with children to make recycled crafts
- Mahone Middle School Performing Arts will perform a puppet show about the importance of pollination
- Technical Building/Service Building Intersection. The Kenosha Public Museum—Learn about animal adaptations from different ecosystems and participate in fun, hands-on activities.
- Kids pedal power—generate electricity by pedaling a bike (also at intersection of Tech building and Service)
Center for Sustainable Living (up the hill - in the barn)
Children's Tree Climb. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (weather permitting) Guided by Arboriculture and Urban Forestry experts from Gateway's new Associate Degree program and coordinated by the Wisconsin Arborist Association, children will be harnessed into professional tree climbing safety gear and hoisted into the more than 200 year old Oak tree on the west side of Campus, up the hill towards the Center for Sustainable Living.
Pike Creek Horticulture Center
GEO-pet creation—Ideal for kids
Special Thanks to Snap-on Incorporated for their continued support of Celebrate Earth Day.
Thank you Mahone Middle School for their dedicated students sharing their environmental knowledge and volunteer assistance
Thank you Whyte family for providing crafts and volunteers for the children’s area-Technical Building