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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.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 (creek 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.

Gateway Alumni Breakfast  Join fellow Gateway Alumni in an informal breakfast gathering during Celebrate Earth Day.  In room T-130, in the midst of Celebrate Earth Day activity stop by to say hello and learn about Gateway's rapidly expanding Alumni Association along with breakfast.

NEW!  A Children's Tree Climb.  10:00 am - 2:00 pm (weather permitting) Guided by Arboriculture and Urban Forestry experts from Gateway's new Associate Degree program, children will be harnessed into professional tree climbing safety gear and hoisted into the more than 200 year old Oak tree on the west side of Campus, up the hill towards the Center for Sustainable Living.

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 Vehicles—Located outside (weather permitting) between the Technical and Pike Creek buildings in lot.

  • 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/ Drop-off. SOUTH entrance to campus and drive west to Technical Building south entrance-watch for signs Electronics recycling will be coordinated by the information technology students of Gateway Technical College and the services of a professional recycling firm, CasBro Recycling. All electronics can be driven directly to the truck located at the south entrance to the Technical Building. Student volunteers and recycling company representatives will assist you by destroying personal information/your hard drive before recycling.Click through to the CasBro website (link is external) for a list of items CasBro will accept. All items are free with the exception of tube monitors and tube TVs for which there is a $20 charge per unit.

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 Nature Discovery trail,  and kids' activities in the barn.  This year's educational focus is Protecting our Bee Colonies. View demonstration projects for Gateway's Sustainable Energy Systems programs--Come see the wind spire, photovoltaic installations, solar hot water, and geothermal HVAC system.  Bird walks will be conducted by Hoy Audubon's Rick Fare throughout the day.

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.

Food:   Refreshments will be offered for sale by DeLaRosa's food truck.  The truck will be parked just outside the entrance to Celebrate Earth Day--the north entrance to the Technical building.

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 host of experts happy to answwer your questions.

Horticulture industry exhibitors:

  • Gateway Technical College Urban Farm
  • 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

Hands-on activities in the Urban Farm Lab:  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. 

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 and Heather Monteque

AIHU Essentials for Healing  Non-toxic products for home and personal use

Better Way Imports  Products made by artisans in developing countries from reused, natural, or recycled items. The artisans are women rescued from human trafficking.

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

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

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

Crafts She Made  Items from found objects: Glass marble magnets, flattened bottle cap keychains, cement memo holder.

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. 

Earthwise Oils & Dragonfly Soap Works  Plant-based products for home and personal use.

EcoGeeks, Inc   The BioChar soil amendment product.  Based on a 2500 year old practice in harmony with carbon cycles of nature. 

Everdry Waterproofing  Free information about air quality checks and the identification, hazards, and treatment of mold in the home.  

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 Creative Space  Information on preserving the Monarch Butterfly and free seed packets for Milkweed; Demonstrating how to make seed bombs using Zinnia seeds.

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.

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. Please see our water tap display outdoors across from Pike Creek Horticulture center and enjoy some of the best water to be had in the world.

Mahone Middle School Eco Club - 6th 7th, and 8th grade students demonstrate how easy it is to repurpose old household items  into games (and you get to PLAY), items repurposed for crafts, and plant seeds.

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 and directed by Rita Gentile.

Mahone STEM Club: Green Architecture is this year's topic, taught as an elective at Mahone.  Students will demonstrate their expertise in sustainability.

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.

Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) and Respect Our Waters Learn tips for things you can do on our own property to reduce stormwater runoff pollution.  Free rain barrel raffle. 

Rubekia Press. Artists Lisa and Becky show how they reuse materials to create handbound books and handbags and will offer printing demonstrations.

Southeastern Wisconsin Solar Group Buy. Learn about the benefits of solar energy and how to save money when purchasing through a group buy program.

Tupperware  Reuseable/recyclable products, keeping disposables from the landfills.

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

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 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)

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-RoomT-123-127 

  • 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.​
  • Bag Ban Swoops in Crow Creek. Children's illustrated book with an environmental message. Mahone Middle School Performing Arts Club will perform a play adapted from the locally authored book.
  • 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)

NEW!  A Children's Tree Climb.  10:00 am - 2:00 pm (weather permitting) Guided by Arboriculture and Urban Forestry experts from Gateway's new Associate Degree program, children will be harnessed into professional tree climbing safety gear and hoisted into the more than 200 year old Oak tree on the west side of Campus, up the hill towards the Center for Sustainable Living.

Pike Creek Horticulture Center:  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 2:00 p.m.

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

Join us for a day of FREE family fun!

Enjoy: Food, Entertainment and Fun!

  • Earth Day Scavenger Hunt​
  • Kohl's Wild Theater
  • Petting Zoo
  • Kid's Crafts
  • Kids' Outdoor Fitness Challenge
  • Refreshments for Purchase
  • Door Prizes and Giveaways, including bare-root Oak tree saplings

Plant Sale

Get a head start on your summer planting! ~Gateway Horticulture Program

Nature Discovery Trail Hike

Exploring our Earth! Come and discover the nature trail at Gateway Technical College. Walk through this self-guided tour, and learn about the native plants and animals that call it home. Fun activity for the whole family.

 

Learn: How to be more environmentally conscious

Workshops & Demonstrations

Workshop

Time

Location

Canning Without Turning Green! Jo Hart and Stephanie Slater. Come learn about canning food safety through the use of approved recipes, the variety of sources, and the assortment of items that can be canned. Food samples and recipes will be available.

10:30 a.m. South Building, rm. 112
Kohl's Wild Theater / Zoological Society of Milwaukee County: This 30-minute mix of short skits will feature the importance of food to both animals and people. This show features a range of animal puppets that all eat food in different ways. Topics include healthy eating for humans, urban gardening, sustainable seafood and the food chain. This shorter show can be tailored to fit a wide range of audience ages and venue sizes. Most appropriate for grades Pre-K through 5 and families with children of all ages. No live animals are featured in show. 11 a.m. South building--Student Commons area
Kohl's Wild Theater / Zoological Society of Milwaukee County: This 30-minute mix of short skits will feature the importance of food to both animals and people. This show features a range of animal puppets that all eat food in different ways. Topics include healthy eating for humans, urban gardening, sustainable seafood and the food chain.  Most appropriate for grades Pre-K through 5 and families with children of all ages. No live animals are featured in show. 12 p.m. South building--Student Commons area
Native Birds! Wayne Rohde.  Join Wayne as he discusses the native birds of Wisconsin and their habitats.  12:30 p.m. South Building Rm. 112
Kids' Fitness Challenge: Calling all Kids!!  Test your skills and agility at our outdoor fitness challenge. Prizes for everyone! Ongoing Outside 
Car Care Workshop: Justin Hoffman, Gateway Technical College. Help keep your car operating in the most environmentally friendly way possible. 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.
Sierra Club: Come learn about the John Muir Chapter Sierra Club, Southeast Gateway Group, and see solar toy demonstration. Seed packet giveaway.

Citizen's Climate Lobby: Learn how you can help get a carbon tax passed through Congress, write letters to their members of Congress and communicate about climate change solutions effectively.

Gateway's Sustainable Student Club: Learn about Sustainable Living and have fun creating a solar craft project.

Zilla Makes Vegan Easy: Animal Agriculture is responsible for a lionshare of the greenhouse gases emitted each year, by going vegan your carbon footprint is dramatically reduced. One of the barriers to this change is being unfamiliar with the substitutes and how to get started. Samples for tasting.

Wild Ones - Kettle Moraine Chapter: Want to attract butterflies to your yard? Come learn through pictures and information. There will be a special emphasis on the monarch butterfly.

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

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.

Whimsy KITCH: Wonderful upcycled wind chimes. All wind chimes made from repurposed kitchenalia. Lovely vintage silver spoons dangle in the breeze from assorted kitchen items.

Strongest Branch Studio: Handmade paper, recycle jewelry, recycle crocheted stressballs, etc.

The Unique Board Geek: Repurposed game boards into fun items.

L'Bri Pure n' Natural: Ingredients matter! It only takes 26 second for whatever you put on your skin to get absorbed into your bloodstream and organs. Lean what ingredients to avoid when selecting skin & body care products for yourself & your family.

Recycle Center

Drop off your recyclable items and help the planet!!

Electronics Recycling: Electronics recycling will be coordinated by the information technology students of Gateway Technical College and the services of a professional recycling firm, CasBro Recycling. All electronics can be driven directly to the truck at the campus parking lot. Student volunteers and recycling company representatives will assist you by destroying personal information/your hard drive before recycling.Click through to the CasBro website for a list of items CasBro will accept. All items are free with the exception to tube monitors and tube TVs for which there is a $20 charge per unit.

Prescription Eye Glasses: Recycle for Sight, East Troy Lion's Club

Tennis Shoes: Converse grinds down worn out athletic shoes and turns them into new places to play, such as tracks and gym floors.

Make:

Get your creative juices flowing with fun children's activities

  • Earth friendly crafts
  • Plant flowers for Mother's Day
  • Make birdhouses

And more…

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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

Snap-On Incorporated
Educator's Credit Union
Modern Woodmen
Clear Water Outdoor