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Celebrate Earth Day

April 22, 2017
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Elkhorn and Kenosha campuses

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 2017 Celebrate Earth Day event will be held on April 22--the actual Earth Day--on the Kenosha and Elkhorn Campuses. 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.

Kenosha Campus Details | Elkhorn Campus Details

To host an environmentally oriented exhibit or sell your "green products", please download the exhibitor 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.

The 2017 Event offerings will start appearing at the end of March. Check back often for updated listings. See below for the 2016 event line up.

Kenosha Campus

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. You will receive a ride guarantee so you are able to visit other Celebrate Earth Day attractions while waiting for your turn.

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

  • Ask the expert. 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.
  • Alternative vehicle info. 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 --Drive up to SOUTH entrance to 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 $20 each)

Bicycle recycling: Look for the pick-up truck marked for bicycle recycling in the parking lot just north of the Technical building. 

Center for Sustainable Living:  Visit the eco-friendly house, environmental walking path, alternative energy installations, and kids' activities in the barn

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.

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.  Inside the Center look for information displays and a juicing demonstration.

Live Music: TJ Leveque performs live

Horticulture industry exhibitors:

  • Aerotower--Brigette Christensen
  • Gateway Technical College Urban Farm
  • Down to Earth Community Garden Promoting Down To Earth Community Garden. Seed starting for kids.
  • 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 and answer questions about beekeeping
  • Cassity Tree Service--Ask the expert--questions about trees will be answered and tree "oddities" will be displayed.
  • Student Association of International Floral Design (SAID)
  • Hawthorn Hollow arboretum and nature center
  • Great Rivers & Lakes Permaculture

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

Information and Demonstration Exhibitors.  Note: Live music in the hallways provided by Jason Kent

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

Bountiful Blessings  omemade products using goat milk, essential oils, or organic honey.

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

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

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 Library  Come see why the Public Library is the ultimate place to reduce and reuse! Play with cool gadgets you can check out at the Library, like the infrared thermometer and the Watt's Up electricity meter.

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

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.

Lincoln Middle School-ICE project  Awareness of salt's harmful effect on the environment. Alternative "salting" methods.

MAAVIVA  Video on the water production process (targeted to students from elementary through high school.

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 Middle School Generosity Club--Kids will be making and selling dog toys out of repurposed materials.

Mahone Middle School Performing Arts--Student perform "Bag Ban Swoops into Crow Creek" based on novel by Kenoshan Pamela Domkowski

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

Neal's Yard Remedies: Natural, organic health products.  Environmentally friendly packaging.

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

Organo Gold  Coffee and tea beverages with an herb additive that cuts acidity and adds health benefits.

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.

Relay for Life.  Solar-powered dancers, tote bags made from recycled T-shirts, snap jewelry

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

Tupperware  Reuseable/recyclable products.

USBORNE Books  Books and learning kits on nature, farming, good, and the weather.  Learning kit on display

UW-Extension-Kenosha County / Master Gardeners. Sustainable (green) garden practices and composting for you to apply at home.

Wildtree Herbs, Inc 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. Simple, healthy, and natural meal solutions.

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.

Wright Way Farms  Certified Organic farm and CSA in Beloit. 

Center for Sustainable Living

The Center for Sustainable Living and its grounds are available for touring from 9:00 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! 
  • Video presentation of the entries in the 2016 Kenosha Unified Celebrate Earth Day Poster Contest (awards at Noon in the barn)
  • Gateway Alumni gathering.  All alumni invited to stop by for refreshments and conversation.

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. 
  • 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.
  • Animals that live in trees.  A hands-on activity that show the variety of animals that live in a tree.
  • 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? 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.

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 (also at intersection of Tech building and Service)

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.

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
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 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 

Petting Zoo

Horse-drawn wagon rides

Kids' Outdoor Fitness Challenge
Refreshments for purchase

Door Prizes and Giveaways 

Gardeners' Swap: Share your extra perennials, seeds and garden tools

Meet others while exchanging extra seeds, seedlings, cuttings or division of plants (annual, perennial, house plant, and bulbs), tools, containers, garden art, garden magazines, books and more! Items must be clarly labeled.  Plants must be healthy, potted well and clearly labeled.  Participants will be given one ticket per item. Tickets may then be exchanged for items they want to gain.  Help new gardeners get started!  There will also be a New Gardener section where items can be donated (not swapped) to allow new gardeners to get starated.  Again, items must be clearly labeled. Plants must be healthy, potted well and clearly labeled. 

Don't know what your plant is?  As the expert ahead of time.  Email Courtney Greve ( with a description and a photo of your plant.  She will also be on site the day of the swap.  No invasives and no chemicals, please!

Learn: How to be more environmentally conscious

Workshops & Demonstrations




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

10:30 a.m. South Building, rm. 114
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 South building--Student Commons area
 Valley of the Kings.  Andy Carlson explains how we all impact the environment and the beautiful animals within it. Presentation is appropriate for all ages.  11:30 a.m. South Building Rn. 112
Kids' Fitness Challenge:
Calling all Kids!!  Test your skills and agility at our outdoor fitness challenge. Prizes for everyone!
Ongoing Outside 

Informational Booths

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.
Walworth County: Travel Guides and other informational brochures

Valley of the Kings:  Valley of the Kings Sanctuary and Retreat, in Sharon, Wisconsin, is home to animals including lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, bears, horses, cows, and foxes.

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
Home Products: Hand Woven rag rugs and bags made from recycled material
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
Naturally Made: Goats milk soap, slumped glass, Dead Sea salts, local honey, beeswax candles, lip balm
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 
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.

Recycle Center

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

Ink Cartridges/Toner:  Gateway Computer Professionals United club is using this as a fundraiser--they will get money from the recycler for what you bring in.

Prescription Eye Glasses: Recycle for Sight, East Troy Lion's Club
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 in rooms 128 and 137:

Earth friendly crafts
Plant flowers for Mother's Day
And more…


THANK YOU for sponsoring the Elkhorn campus Celebrate Earth Day event!

Snap-On Incorporated
Educator's Credit Union