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Celebrate Earth Day

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 Campus in 2012. Hundreds of community members visit the Gateway campuses to learn and show their support for our environment. The 2016 Celebrate Earth Day event will be held on April 23 on the Kenosha and Elkhorn Campuses. Please see below for last year's 2015 events.  Please check back in early 2016 for updated 2016 event information. 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.

Please see below for all the wonderful information provided during the previous Celebrate Earth Day events held April 25, 2015

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 campus to enjoy their unique offerings of education, hands-on activities, and entertainment.

Each campus will feature different offerings.


Kenosha Campus

Saturday April 25
3520 30th Ave. Kenosha

Overall event time is 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (clean up begins at 8:45)

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.

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. Pick up at Pike Creek Horticulture Center

Green Vehicle Clinics—Located outside (weather permitting) between the Technical and Pike Creek buildings.

  • 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).
  • Several alternative energy vehicles will be on display along with a Snap-on tool box

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: recycling of Tube televisions will cost $15 each)

Bicycle recycling: Look for the pick-up truck marked for bicycle recycling in the parking lot just north of the Technical building. This year donated bikes will be part of a special project between the Kenosha Bike Ambassadors and the Kenosha Art Association and Downtown Kenosha. Find out more about this bike-centered project at Gateway’s Celebrate Earth Day.

Kenosha Public Library Bookmobile:  Will be located on the north side of the Technical building.

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.


World Trade Center Tree planting—Arboretum. An Ornamental Pear, planted from seeds of the lone survivor tree at the World Trade Center will be added to the Arboretum. The gift of a seedling can only be awarded to organizations that received national artifacts from the World Trade Center. Gateway has a World Trade Center I-Beam at the HERO Center, Burlington. We are being granted a seedling from this tree to plant on our campus and will be welcomed in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m..



“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 in the parking lot across the road from the center.

8:45—10:00 Pike Creek Clean up—Invasive Species information followed by clean up. Gloves and bags will be provided.

Pike Creek Center event components 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Demonstrations: Composting and Vermicomposting ; food-related demo-TBD

Live Music: TJ Leveque performs live

Horticulture industry vendors :

  • Gateway Technical College Urban Farm
  • Down to Earth Community Garden Promoting Down To Earth Community Garden. Seed starting for kids.
  • 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 and answer questions about beekeeping
  • Farm Fresh Atlas
  • SLOW Food
  • Student Association of International Floral Design (SAID)
  • Hawthorn Hollow arboretum and nature center
  • Hill Country Market-Promote use of local, organic ingredients in food.

Hands-on activities in the Urban Farm Lab: seed starting in reusable-material pots, GEO-pet creation—Ideal for kids

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. The movie, “The Lorax” will be playing throughout the day.

Plant Sale: Perennials, natives, cool season annuals, vegetables, and herbs (garage behind the green houses)

Free trees: Free oak tree saplings will be provided to visitors.

Technical Building


Bag Ban Swoops in Crow Creek. Children's illustrated book with an environmental message. Author Pam Dombkowski will offer a reading at 10 am and book signing at 10:30 am.

Bigalke, Melody. Artist Melody Bigalke shows how she creates beautiful art and containers from gourds

C&D Works  Where their Soul Purpose is to Repurpose. Furniture, home decor, yard art finds new life.

Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund  Learn about prairie preservation, restoration and management

Citizens' Climate Education Corps  Raise awareness of climate change and their organization's activities.

doTERRA essential oils  Learn about use of organic essential oils for wellness and comfort.

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

Expose Kenosha on the Arts. Community arts project relating to bicycles.  Kids invited to sit down and draw to contribute to this mural (next to the Kenosha Bicycle Ambassadors)

Focus on Energy--Residential Lighting Program  Learn about the instant markdown program with key retailers for CFL energy efficient lighting products.  View various lighting types--how they look and the energy saved.

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.

Guaranty Bank--Mobile and electronic banking and statements lessen the paper trail carbon footprint.

Happy Mouth Organics -- organic spices, oils,teas and more will be for sale. Learn about the benefits of eating organically.  Free learning materials for young children.

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.

Kenosha Public Museum  Learn about the fish of the Great Lakes and other environmental activities for children and city information for adults.

Mahone Middle School Bonsai Club. Students from Mahone Middle School will display trees and explain the "art of living sculpture" to the public.  They also demonstrate how recycled goods can be used for Bonsai work and for propagation of seeds.

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.

Mahone STEM Club: Energy and the Environment.  The middle school club will be promoting sustainable energy. Students will discuss their projects such as Wind Turbines and specific types of renewable energy.

Norwex Environmentally friendly personal care and microfiber products using pure water.

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.

Racine Garden Club Demonstration on the tools and materials to use to create gift tags from junk mail and dried plants.

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.

Root Pike WIN  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.(See workshop-Registration required-above)

Riley Construction  Display of their construction projects considered to be environmentally sustainable and what materials or methods they use to make them that way.

Rubekia Press. Artists Lisa and Becky show how they reuse materials to create handbound books and journals and other items.

SEED  Sustainable Edible Economic Development, Inc. Information on scholarships for learning about local, healthy food production and value-added food processing.

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 practices and composting for you to apply at home.

Vintage Soul Jewelry  Upcycle china and vases and vintage silverware, keys into beautiful jewelry

Wildtree products by Chef Mike Wildtree offers the highest quality herbs, spices and culinary blends that are organic, all natural & clean, as well as free of preservatives, additives, fillers and promote a healthier lifestyle. We believe in the value of making cooking a quicker, easier, more healthful project for those who are short on time. Wildtree also offers a fun adventure for those who wish to be more creative in the kitchen.

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 experts will be available to demonstrate techniques and answer questions
  • Sustainable products and new displays, come see how to make your home more sustainable! 

View the windspire, solar panels, orchard, raised beds, and walking path.

Center’s Barn and Surrounding Area

In barn:

  • Winners from Kenosha Unified Student environmental poster contest will be displayed inside the Center, honoring those students whose work embodied the tenets of Celebrate Earth Day and tree and forest resources. Awards at 12:00 noon in the barn. 
  • 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.
  • My tree: A hands-on activity for little ones up to second grade, who will create their own tree and learn about the importance of trees and forests in our environment.
  • 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 Fare will lead bird walks for visitors of all ages, starting at the barn area every half hour.
  • 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 goody at the end.

Children’s Activities

Technical Building-Hallway through and into RoomT-115 Hands-on projects & activities for participants including planting seedlings, making eco pots from newspaper to plant seeds, make pinecone bird feeders, and create art with treasures found in nature..

  • Mahone Middle School Environmental Club work with children to make recycled crafts 
  • Technical Building/ Service Building Intersection. Identifying the fish of Lake Michigan—an interactive children’s program presented by the Kenosha Public Museum. Also a children’s recycling activity with informational handouts to take home
  • Kids pedal power—generate electricity by pedaling a bike

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!

Special Thanks to Snap-on Incorporated for their continued support of Celebrate Earth Day and the Fall Harvest Fair.

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

Thank you Colony family for providing educational activities for children in the barn at the Center or Sustainable Living



Elkhorn Campus

400 Hwy H, Elkhorn

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check back often - we are adding new vendors, workshops, and activities weekly.


Enjoy: Food, Entertainment and Fun!

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
Kohl's Wild Theater
Live Music from Dangerous Folks
Refreshments for purchase from Vendelli's, Sweet Delight Kettle Corn, Wild Flour Bakery and Cafe

Door Prizes and Giveaways
50/50 Raffle – all proceeds go towards a Gateway Scholarship and the Elkhorn Park and Recreation Department

Learn: How to be more environmentally conscious

Workshops & Demonstrations




Bee Well: Kristine Karlson, Naturally Made.  Learn about the secret life of bees. Know the difference between honey bees, yellow jackets, and wasps. Learn about pollination, honey making and gear necessary for bee keeping

9:30 a.m. South Building, rm. 114
Car Care Workshop: Justin Hoffman, Gateway Technical College
Help keep your car operating in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
Ongoing Outside between buildings
Food Preservation: Jennie Wehmeier, UW Extension & Jo Hart, Gateway Technical College--both Master Food Preservers. Learn the basics about canning and preserving food items grown in your gardens, purchased through CSAs, or at farmer's markets. Understand safe methods while reaping the rewards. 1 p.m. South Building, student commons
Kohl's Wild Theater / Zoological Society of Milwaukee County: 
Join the KWT actors in this 30 minute mix of short skits that inspire children to learn and care more about our natural world; No live animal are featured in shows
11 a.m. & Noon Outside between buildings
Leave no Trace: Ken Haling, Gateway Technical College
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, whether it's the wilderness or a city park. Informative for the entire family; small gifts for the children.
  Outside between buildings
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare – Lighten Your Load: Designed to teach children the importance of taking the proper items on a day walk.
9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
  • Dispose of Waste Properly – Breakdown Game: Designed to teach children how long it takes for different materials to decompose and the importance of recycling and proper waste disposal.
10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
Outdoor Fitness Challenge: Wendy Meyer, City of Elkhorn Park and Recreation Dept.
Calling all Kids!!  Test your skills and agility at our outdoor fitness challenge. Prizes for everyone!
Ongoing Outside between buildings
Pruning: UW Extension 10 a.m . South Building, rm. 114

Informational Booths

Acri Company: Display of energy-efficient windows, siding, roofing. Contest to win free windows or siding.
Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce  
Elkhorn Parks & Recreation Dept.
Fellows Mortals Wildlife Hospital 
Lakeland Animal Shelter: Dogs and cats ready for adoption (if the weather is warm enough), and items with shelter logo to sell. Our mission is to enrich the lives of both animals and people throughout our community.
The Bug Guy: Ed Laznicka, Entomologist, SCJohnson . The Bugman brings a collection of interesting insects and arthropods from around the world. Stop by and handle live insects and get answers to all your bug questions.
Wild Ones and Southern Wis Butterfly Assoc: Display of many species of butterflies in the area along with informational handouts
Walworth County: Travel Guides and other informational brochures

Shop the Green/Farmers Market

Buy food, art and products that are made from recycled, or reused materials or in a more earth-friendly way

Dale Stauber: Artist repurposing glass items to make into garden flowers
Diane Bauman: Plants for sale; indoor and outdoor plants
Gateway Welding Club: Welding recycled metals and items for art and useful items
Flattery Works: Flattery Works jewelry spans a wide range of styles focused on re-purposed materials. Fun, quirky and classy wearable works of art for those who dare to embrace a bolder definition of jewelry.
Gateway Graphic Design Club: Sustainability display
Home Products: Hand Woven rag rugs and bags made from recycled material
Honeybush Farms: Selling natural, handcrafted soap, lotion, sugar scrub, and bath bombs Homemade Butters
Homemade Butters: Homemade Flavor Honey Butter, Cinnamon Honey Butter, Strawberry Honey Butter, Cranberry Butter and Rhubarb Spread.
Jumbled Hutch: Jewelry made from recycled silk and game pieces
Lakeland Animal Shelter: Dogs and cats ready for adoption (if the weather is warm enough), and items with shelter logo to sell. Our mission is to enrich the lives of both animals and people throughout our community
Lebre Miramontes: Beautiful hand crafted jewelry featuring natural stone
Naturally Made: Goats milk soap, slumped glass, Dead Sea salts, local honey, beeswax candles, lip balm
One and Done Cloth, LLC: Each one of our cloths are washable, reusable and long lasting.  They use only water to clean and shine all your non porous surfaces.  No chemicals at all, surfaces are streak free, chemical free, no film or residue.
Pheasant Run Farmers Market: Selling Eco-friendly cleaning products/laundry detergent, wild rice, gourmet brats/bacon and ""Dig Kits"" for kids (fossils, world, coins, gems, shark teeth and "gold" (iron pyrite).
Quednow's Heirloom Apple Orchard: Displaying information on natural grown apples (fruit) and giving back to the environment. Selling dried apple chips/cider/apple sauce
Spirit Stone Designs: Stones of Aboriginal designs-each spirit stone is unique and stones are naturally smooth and shaped by glacial action or movement of flowing water 
STPaprzyca: Recycled vintage tea cups and silverware made into charming and useful wind chimes. All crafts/art is made of recycled ""Kitchenalia""
Sweet Delight Kettle Corn: Fresh-popped kettle corn, caramel corn, and maple kettle corn.
Wild Flour Bakery and Cafe: All natural breads and other baked goods with no preservatives or additives. Promote healthy eating habits. Free samples
Young Living Essential Oils: Get the dangerous chemicals out of your home and create a safe and natural medicine cabinet with essential oils


Drop off your recyclable items and help the planet!!

Batteries:  Dunn Lumber, Lake Geneva

Cell Phones: Gateway is collecting cell phones to donate to Milwaukee County Zoo's fundraiser

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs):  Jackson's Do It Yourself, Elkhorn
Ink Cartridges/Toner: Gateway Technical College Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Paper shredding/2-box limit: Abraham's On-Site Shredding Service; 2 box limit

Prescription Eye Glasses: Recycle for Sight, East Troy Lion's Club
Prescription & over-the-counter drugs collection - Walworth County Sheriff 
Plastic Bags: Walmart
Tennis Shoes: Nike,
Reuse-a-Shoe grinds down worn out athletic shoes and turns them into new places to play, such as tracks and gym floors.




Get your creative juices flowing with fun children's activities:

Earth friendly crafts
Home Depot Kids Workshop
Plant flowers for Mother's Day
And more…


THANK YOU to the following businesses that have supplied these donated items to help make this celebration a great one!

Snap-On Incorporated
Conserving Now -
Mambo Sprouts -
Modern Woodman -