• Peninsula State Park will participate in the statewide Work, Play, Earth Day event, 9 am – 12 pm. Volunteers should wear work shoes or boots, long pants and gloves to plant trees, clear brush and pick up litter. Individuals and groups are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nicolet Beach parking lot.
• Take a special Earth Day hike at the Hein’s Creek Preserve with the Door County Land Trust to learn more about the Native Americans and early settlers who once lived in the dunes. Explore the preserve’s boreal forests and its distinctive lakeshore microclimate during a relatively easy, one-mile hike, 1-3 pm. Wear sturdy shoes. Register online at doorcountylandtrust.org.
• The Sturgeon Bay Library, the Wisconsin Public Television Reel to Real program and the Door County Seed Library will screen the film SEED: The Untold Story at 11 am at the library and host a short discussion afterward. Join the movement to preserve seeds!
• Jane Shoup, a Purdue University Northwest professor emerita of biological sciences, will present “An Earth Day Lament” at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 10 am. She will cite water and climate-change issues that are examples of critical “inconvenient truths” facing our planetary environment.
• On Earth Day in 2009, Crossroads at Big Creek dedicated a Great Lakes exhibit in the entry of its Collins Learning Center, and muralist Patty Clark documented the process. Celebrate 10 years of Great Lakes education by attending a 2 pm screening of the resulting film, The Making of the Great Lakes Exhibit, and enjoying the exhibit.
• Ten storytellers will participate in Wild Words at Crossroads at Big Creek at 7 pm, taking the stage to share their interpretations of the theme “Celebrate the Lands and Waters of Door County.” Enjoy light refreshments and the chance to talk with the storytellers after the program. Wild Words is a collaborative storytelling project of the Door County Land Trust, Crossroads at Big Creek and Write On, Door County that’s being produced as a part of the Celebrate Water Door County initiative. For more information, visit DoorCountyLandTrust.org or call 920.746.1359.
• Stop by the Egg Harbor Library in the Kress Pavilion at 4 pm to watch Born in China. Filmmaker Lu Chuan follows the adventures of the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard from China’s frigid mountains to the heart of its bamboo forest.
• Join Door County Thrive for its second annual community seed swap and potluck, 6 pm, in the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Whether you’re a newbie gardener or a seasoned farmer, you’ll acquire some new knowledge, contacts and inspiration. Take a potluck item to share, plus your own plates, bowls and utensils.
• The three-day Every Day Is Earth Day Festival (EDED) at the Kress Pavilion opens at 6 pm with a roundtable discussion on affordable housing issues. Experts include Virge Temme, Amber Beard and Mariah Goode. Myles Dannhausen Jr. of the Peninsula Pulse will moderate. A reception will follow.
• Day two of the EDED features an open house, 10 am – 4 pm, that welcomes groups hosting informational booths and includes presentations, films and exhibitions curated to help you make your life more Earth friendly.
• Calling all volunteers! Celebrate Earth Day by getting Newport State Park ready for another busy season, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Take work gloves, lopping shears, pruners, hand saws and/or other helpful tools. Lunch will be provided. Meet at the park’s maintenance shop.
• Join the Door County Land Trust for a nighttime hike to hear a chorus of frogs, 7-8:30 pm, at the Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond. Discover how to identify frogs by sound, and learn about the efforts to monitor populations of frogs – indicators of the health of the ecosystem – in the county. Wear good walking shoes, and take a flashlight.
• The EDED wraps up with an artistic reflection on the Earth starting at 6 pm. Participants will spread green messages through prose, poetry, photography, performance art, praise and music. The evening will end with refreshments and conversation.
• The Ridges will host its annual Spring Clean-Up, 9 am – 12 pm, sprucing up the center and range lights, spreading mulch and cleaning up some of the extended properties. Take your own work gloves, and please share your wheelbarrow if you have one. Lunch will be provided. Call 920.839.2802 to register so organizers can plan for lunch.
• For the fourth year in a row, the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, the Forest Recovery Project and The Nature Conservancy will join area high school students to celebrate Earth Day by planting trees around the county between April 22 and May 4. This year’s plantings will conclude on May 4, 10 am, at Mink River with a tree-planting event that’s open to the public. Learn more at climatechangedoorcounty.org.