EcoFest Exhibitors & Activities

Electronics Recycling

Gateway’s IT Project Management class will host electronics recycling as a service learning project. They are partnering with CasBro CPR. They will have tools available to wipe or destroy computer hard drives upon request. You can view a list of accepted items here.

Kids’ Activities

We will be offering free, fun hands-on activities for children on environmental topics. Kids can also enjoy a zero-waste story time in the Garden Room at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


10 a.m.: Mishiikenh (Vernon) Altiman, elder in residence for the UW-Milwaukee Electa Quinney Institute, on the Native American spiritual connection to the environment.

11 a.m.: Aaron Schauer, arboriculture/urban forestry technician instructor for Gateway Technical College, on the importance of maintaining trees and their health.

Noon: Art Scheele, Master Gardener and local farmer, on the importance of soil regeneration for gardening and the environment.

Vital Art Project Art Exhibit

The Vital Art Project will have a display in the Lake Building, 1st Floor, featuring environmental art with the theme “As Above, So Below.” Featured artists include:

  • Marie Cassidy, collage artist
  • Nancy Charak, mixed media
  • Kendra Kett, mixed media
  • Erik R. Peterson, mixed media
  • Mimi Peterson, bricolage


Anarchy Acres: Providing information on sustainable food production in the Racine Area.

Beaver Creek Gardens CSA: Providing information about CSA memberships.

Caledonia Conservancy Land Trust: Displaying nature items, furs, skulls and antlers. Educating on school to nature and the land trust.

Cree Lighting: Informing about energy efficient LED lighting and environmentally responsible manufacturing.

Drive $mart Wisconsin: Information on fuel efficient driving and electric vehicles.

Eco-Justice Center: Providing information on composting and/or square food gardening, summer camps, internships and volunteering.

Electrify Racine: Educating about the benefits available from the Inflation Reduction Act and connecting people with the resources needed to electrify their homes and businesses.

Friends of Island Park: Promoting the importance of establishing and maintaining native plants for pollinators and beauty.

Gateway Technical College Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician Program: Promoting the program and answering questions about trees and tree care.

Gateway Technical College Green Thumbs Horticulture Club: Providing information on the benefits of interior air-cleansing plants and selling plants.

Greening Greater Racine: Promoting zero waste and pollinator gardens.

Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum: Providing information on educational opportunities, visitor guides, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Hoy Audubon Society: Promoting bird watching and other nature-related topics.

InSinkerator: Educating on the benefits of food waste disposers for reducing food in landfills.

Invenergy: Renewable energy technology, applications, and careers in the industry.

Kenosha Racine Quakers: Selling reusable “paper” towels (100% cotton flannel towels) to benefit the Asylum Seekers Task Force at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, many of whom have been displaced due to political and economic instability caused by climate change.

Laudato Si Action Team: Sharing information on ways individuals and groups can care for planet Earth, our common home.

Racine Urban Garden Network: Educating on the urban garden network, and talking about good gardening practices and organic gardening practices.

Racine Wastewater Utility: Educating on the process of wastewater treatment and how it protects the ecosystem of Lake Michigan and its use as a source of recreation and drinking water.

Racine Zoo: Meet an animal ambassador and learn about the zoo’s programs.

Root River Council: Providing maps and literature on the Root River Pathway and parks along the pathway plus different educational materials.

Root River Environmental Education Community Center (REC) and Sierra Club Southeast Gateway Group: This shared booth will promote the REC and the Sierra Club, and they will provide water test kits along with education on water quality of the Root River.

Siena Retreat Center: Displaying information on programs related to environmental stewardship, such as Forest Therapy, Native American Spirituality and more.

Southeastern WI Regional Planning Commission: Providing information on a regional chloride study and regional food system plan.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 41-01 Kenosha-Racine: Providing information on pollution and ecological stewardship sharing along with how the U.S. Coast Guard helps mitigate local pollution. 

Weed Out! Racine: Providing information on wetland restoration work in Colonial Park.

Wild Ones Root River Area Chapter: Providing information on native plants, native plants for beginners, for pollinators and more.

Xerces Society: Providing information on invertebrate conservation with an emphasis on pollinators and beneficial insects.