APPLETON, WIS. — The Lawrence University student organization Greenfire pays homage to Mother Earth with its ninth annual Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 21.
The day-long event includes a variety of volunteer activities, educational opportunities and live music, beginning with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Sustainable Lawrence University Garden (SLUG) at the bottom of Union Hill, followed by a debris clean-up along the banks of the Fox River.
From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Main Hall Green will host a variety of child-oriented activities (face painting, climbing wall, tie-dying, “solar oven” cookoff) and earth-friendly information booths from student and community environmental organizations, including the Wind River Animal Rehabilitation Center and The Fire, a local paint-your own pottery and mosaic studio.
Associate Professor of Biology Bart De Stasio will provide information on research he is conducting on invasive species in the Fox River and representatives from the Fox River Navigational System Authority will be on hand to discuss the reopening of the historic Fox River locks system.
Interested participants are encouraged to volunteer from 1-4 p.m. in the SLUG, helping prepare it for spring planting.
Live music provided by several Lawrence University student bands will perform throughout the afternoon. The festival concludes with an Earth Night Dance in the trees on Main Hall Green beginning at 9 p.m.