Earth Day - Kenosha Information

Saturday, April 22, 2023
10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Pike Creek Clean-Up begins at 9 a.m.)
Kenosha Campus - 3520 30th Ave., Kenosha

We are excited to welcome visitors back to the Kenosha Campus for an in-person Earth Day event! This year’s event will offer a limited number of environmentally focused exhibitor and vendor booths located in the Pike Creek Horticulture Center, hands-on and take-home children’s activities, electronics recycling, an opportunity to participate in a clean-up of Pike Creek, and more! Each family will receive a free gift and have an opportunity to enter to win a door prize. View a map of the Kenosha Earth Day event.

As we transition back to an in-person event, this year the horse and carriage ride and children’s tree climb activity from past years will not be available, and there will be no refreshments for sale at the event.

On the Grounds

Pike Creek Clean-Up - 9-10:30 a.m. Meet at the Pike Creek Horticulture Center to get oriented before walking to Pike Creek to remove trash and pull invasive species. Following the clean up, volunteers will reflect on how they can make a positive impact on the environment. 

Electronics Recycling – Madrigrano Conference Center Parking Lot (Lot B). Gateway’s IT Project Management class will host electronics recycling as a service learning project. They are partnering with RDI Scrap Recycling. They will have tools available to wipe or destroy computer hard drives upon request.

Pike Creek Horticulture Center

Gateway Technical College Urban Farm: Hands-on planting opportunities and demonstrations in the Gateway Urban Farm

Gateway Horticulture--Alternative Grow Methods: Aeroponic Grow Tower, Dutch Bucket Hydroponic system, circular grow tower, aquaponics system and microgreens system

Hands-on children’s activities in the Urban Farm Lab: Making eco pots from newspaper to plant seeds, making a seed viewer to take home and creating art with wood. 

Hands-on activities in the Pike Creek Soils Lab: Seed Bombs (sponsored by the Gateway Green Thumbs Horticulture Club) 

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: Cool season annuals, herbs, succulents, house plants located in the Headhouse, west of the Pike Creek Center.

Eco-Friendly Exhibitors & Vendors (located in the Pike Creek Horticulture Center)

  • Farm Fresh Atlas of Southeastern Wisconsin is providing free atlases to the public. They're also answering questions and providing information regarding local, sustainable food in our region.
  • Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
  • Kenosha Green Congregations
  • Pressed Creations
  • Pringle Nature Center
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) Learn tips for things you can do on our own property to reduce stormwater runoff pollution. Enter a drawing for a free rain barrel.
  • The Walworth County Beekeepers Club and Racine/Kenosha Beekeepers Association will have an observation hive (weather permitting) and answer questions about beekeeping.

Children’s Activities

  • Hands-on projects in the Pike Creek Horticulture Center Urban Farm lab, including making eco pots from newspaper to plant seeds, making a seed viewer to take home and creating art with wood. 
  • Seed bomb making with Gateway’s Horticulture program in the Pike Creek Horticulture Center Soils Lab.
  • Throwline competition with Gateway’s Arboriculture and Urban Forestry program, located up the hill towards the Center for Sustainable Living.
  • Fun, educational activities in the Center for Sustainable Living’s Bee Barn.

Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Activities

Located up the hill toward the Center for Sustainable Living.

A Throwline Extravaganza! (weather permitting) - Guided and hosted by Arboriculture and Urban Forestry experts and students from Gateway's Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician associate degree program, children and interested adults will try their luck at the notorious throwline! A throwline is a small diameter line with a weighted pouch at the end that arborists use to set climbing lines high in a tree. However, being able to get the throwline through the correct union isn't easy! Can you manage it? We'll have varying levels of difficulty available to challenge interested children and adults of all ages.

Free tree saplings: Free swamp white oak, bur oak and northern red oak saplings will be available for visitors while supplies last.

Center for Sustainable Living

Visit the eco-friendly Center for Sustainable Living house, environmental Nature Discovery trail and fabulous kids' activities in the Bee Barn. This year's activities are garden-focused. Come see the center’s sustainable energy systems, enjoy bird walks conducted by Hoy Audubon's Rick Fare throughout the day, and learn about the importance of bats and butterflies by viewing the Bat House and Butterfly Gazebo! Kids can also decorate a butterfly cookie as a special treat!

Special Thanks!

Special thanks to Snap-on Incorporated for their continued support of Celebrate Earth Day. Snap-on is a founding sponsor of Celebrate Earth Day and has supported the event since its creation.

Thank you to the Whyte family for providing crafts and volunteers for the children’s activities.