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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 2015 Celebrate Earth Day event will be held from 10 am -2 pm on April 25th on the Kenosha Campus and 9 am - 2 pm on the Elkhorn Campus.  Please see below for special events that begin before each public event in which we encourage you to participate. 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.

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


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.

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.


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 11:00.

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.


“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 : (more organizations to be announced)

  • 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.
  • Racine Urban Garden Network will host a seedling growing activities and handouts of their free workshop schedule, RUGN brochures, including how to compost. Aquaponics.
  • Food-related demonstration: TBD
  • Bee keeping
  • Farm Fresh Atlas
  • Student Association of International Floral Design (SAID)

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


AIHU Displaying and demonstrating toxic free skin products, housekeeping products and anti-stress products.

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

Bradford High School Environmental club Room T-115: Children engage in recycled crafts including pet rocks, upcycled bird feeders, and bookmarks

AGGRAND Organic Fertilizers. Learn about the benefits of natural fertilizers for use in farms, gardens, and lawn.

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.

Eco-Justice Center Displays highlighting Racine’s Eco-Justice Center, volunteer opportunities and upcoming events. We will also be making and have visitors make newspaper seed-starter pots to plant seeds and take home.

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.

Gateway Technical College Sustainability Club—Sustainable Energy Labs: Learn about proper recycling of materials. Kids better understand sorting of trash through an enjoyable Dumpster Dive.

Hawthorn Hollow Nature Center and Arboretum--Learn about this wonderful community asset.

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.

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.

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

Pike River Watershed Restoration Plan and Implementation efforts Become familiar with this plan, its various projects and timeline for implementation.

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 Receive information on child and pet-safe methods to kill weeds that also protect the environment.

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.

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.

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

Sierra Club-Southeast Gateway Group The organization will promote renewable energy, including offshore wind and encourage the country to keep carbon in the ground.

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.

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 windspire, Solar Tracker, photovoltaic exterior lighting, geothermal installation, raised bed gardens, and walking path through a small natural prairie.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm Sustainable Living Scavenger Hunt The Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to become more acquainted with the sustainable components of the Center for Sustainable Living. Seed packets will be shared with all who finish the hunt. Appropriate for kids in upper elementary-through-high school.

11:00 am - 12:00 noon Sustainable Art Contest Awards & Viewing

1:00 am - 1:30 pm Green Living Discussion The Center itself is available for tours from 10 am - 11 am, and 12 - whenever Earth Day is done. The interior design room and some displays throughout the Center are there for anyone to see, as well as the windspire, solar panels, orchard, raised beds, and walking path

Center’s Barn and Surrounding Area

In barn:

  • Winners from poster contest will be displayed, honoring those students whose work embodied the tenets of Celebrate Earth Day and tree and forest resources.
  • 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.
  • 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..

  • Bradford Environmental Club work with children to make recycled crafts including pet rocks, upcycled bird feeders, and bookmarks
  • 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 Eco Club for serving as volunteer help for the day’s event

Thank you Boys and Girls Club and its Girl Scout Troop for its volunteer help

Thank you Bradford Environmental Club for providing crafts and volunteers for the children’s area-Technical building

Thank you Whyte family for providing crafts and volunteers for the children’s area-Technical Building



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.


Community and Table Workshops




10:00 am - 10:30pm

UW-Extension- Pruning Demonstration


11:00 am & Noon

Kohl’s and Milwaukee Zoological Society provides conservation-themed theater performances.


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

UW-Extension Intro to Food Preservation



Car Care Workshop—Help keep your car operating in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Gateway’s Automotive program instructors.



Leave no Trace Workshops aimed at elementary age children. 15-20 minutes in length



Leave no Trace workshops--each are approximately 15-20 minutes

  1. What to take, what not to take on a day walk. Designed to teach primary school age children the importance of taking the proper items on a day walk.
    Times offered: TBA

  2. Dispose of Waste Properly—Designed to teach primary school age children how long it takes for different materials to decompose and the importance of recycling and proper waste disposal.
    Times offered: TBA

Take away information for the entire family and small gifts for the children.

Green/Farmers Market

Acri Company Display of energy-efficient windows, siding, roofing. Contest to win free windows or siding.

Dale Stauber: Artist repurposing glass items to make into garden flowers

Fellows Mortals Wildlife Hospital

Gateway Welding Club Welding recycled metals and items for art and useful items

Gateway Graphic Design Club Craft items using old wood pallets

Home Products Self-Watering Planters, Lamps, Sconces, Candles made from recycled wine, liquor and beer bottles.

Honeybush Farms Selling natural, handcrafted soap, lotion, sugar scrub, and bath bombs Homemade Butters

Farmers Market 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.

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

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.

Recycling Center (Drive through)

Gateway Technical College Business Professionals of America (BPA) – toner/ink cartridges and cell phones

Abraham’s - On-site paper shredding/4-box limit

Wal-Mart – plastic bags

Lion’s Club eye glasses--

Walworth County Sheriff Prescription & over-the-counter drugs drop-off


Demonstrations – location and times TBA


Food Vendors

Peter's Amish Chocolates - Amish cashew crunch and handmade fudge

Brianne Zimdars - Mini-muffins and pies. Taking orders for pies and cheesecakes.

Vendelli's - Hot dogs, hamburgers, walking tacos and beverages.


Dangerous Folks live performance 10:30am – 1:30pm

Zoo to You 10am to 2pm Petting Zoo consisting of goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, bunnies, a mini donkey, a llama & a calf.

Rudy – Gateway’s mascot, Rudy the Red Hawk greets visitors

Children's Activities

To be announced…

Raffle (50-50 and Organic Valley Coupons)

Choose between the 50-50 raffle or win $500 in coupons from Organic Valley. 1 ticket for $1, 6 tickets for $5, or an arm length for $20. Your donation will help support a Gateway Scholarship and the Elkhorn Park and Recreation Department.

Free Gifts

Each participant will receive a reusable grocery bag. Many booths have other free drawings.


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

THANK YOU to our overall Celebrate Earth Day sponsor: Snap-on Incorporated