Every Day is Earth Day Festival is back in person this year!
The festival kicks off on Thursday night at Crossroads with a screening of “Kiss the Ground.” Then on Friday night at Northern Sky’s Gould Theater, there will be an Earth Day Show featuring live music, prose and poetry. On Saturday we will host our festival at the Kress with booths and workshops focused on Earth Care. Finally, the fest will wrap on Sunday at Crossroads with demonstrations and outdoor activities.
Every Day is Earth Day. This event celebrates the people, organizations, and businesses that uphold our sustainable culture in Door County and beyond. Every Day is Earth Day comprises an environmentally focused weekend of resource exchange, an open house, guest speakers, demonstrations, films, and activities for people of all ages.
If you are an Earth Care organization and interested in signing up, see attached form.
Thursday 4/21: "Kiss the Ground" Screening at CrossroadsHosted by Crossroads at Big Creek and Climate Change Coalition of Door County, a screening of "Kiss the Ground," a hopeful documentary on restoring the soil beneath our feet. Narrated by Woody Harrelson.
Thursday, April 21 -6:30 PM
Crossroads at Big Creek
2041 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay
Friday 4/22: Earth Day Show at Northern Sky's Gould TheaterA show like no other featuring live music, prose, and poetry. Hosted by Doc Heide with music by Jeanne Kuhns, Paul Taylor, and Terry Murphy. Prose and poetry by Write On Door County.
Friday, April 22 - 7 pm
$10 Suggested Donation
Northern Sky Gould Theater
9058 Co Rd A, Fish Creek, WI 54212
Saturday 4/23: Earth Day Festival at KressFeaturing workshops, talks, and an earth care organization marketplace of ideas. A special visit by Open Door Bird Sanctuary, lunch for purchase from Greens 'N Grains, and activities for kids!
Saturday, April 23
10 am -4 pm
7845 Church Street, Egg Harbor
10 -4 pm in the Great Hall: visit our marketplace of ideas, with tables hosted by Climate Change Coalition of Door County, Door Community Compost Initiative, Destination Door, Door County Environmental Council, Door County Land Trust, Door County Master Gardeners, Door County North, Door County Seed Library, Friends of Plum & Pilot Island, Village of Egg Harbor Green Tier Taskforce, Greens N Grains, Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership, League of Women Voters, Newport Wilderness Society, Sustain Door, The Clearing
in the Maker Space - Suitable for Kids
|10:15||House Warming - Deep Energy Retrofits for Existing Homes Virge Temme||Houses older than 40 years of age are the greatest single source of greenhouse gasses affecting global climate change. Deep energy retrofits can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint, lower your energy bills, and increase comfort, but they require well-informed decisions, careful implementation, and consideration of costs. Come to start learning what it takes. Widely recognized as an expert in the field of green architecture and sustainable design, Virge is often a featured speaker, panelist and author on these issues.||Paint your No Mow May Sign!|
|The Future of Lake Michigan with Bruce Smith||How will the Great Lakes change with warming climate? No one has a crystal ball clear enough to know for sure. However, with past climate records, current data collection, and computer modeling, scientists are getting a better understanding of the range of expected changes in water temperature, lake levels, precipitation patterns and ecology. The presentation will review current thinking in particular to Lake Michigan and Door County. Bruce Smith is a Baileys Harbor resident who has taught weather and climate topics for over forty years. He is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Atmospheric Education Resource Agent. He is an avid angler who spends many hours on the waters on Lake Michigan.|
|11:30||Gardening for Pollinators with Karen Newbern||Creating a pollinator-friendly landscape around your home or workplace is simple. By providing a variety of flowering plants (especially native species), making habitat modifications, and minimizing or eliminating the use of pesticides. we can attract and help support a variety of bees, flies, wasps and other insects. Learn how you can create a diverse and beautiful pollinator haven in your own yard!|
|Native Woody Plants of Door County - Tom Wolfe||You’ve heard the term “invasive plants” but have you heard “introduced species”? Renowned Horticulture and Arboriculture expert, Tom Wolfe will give an overview of green plant physiology, woody plants and take a deep dive into the importance of planting native woody plants over introduced species and exotics. With over 33 years as the Head Gardener/Horticulturist at The Art Institute of Chicago, he will share proper planting techniques and after care to insure success.|
|1:00 PM||On the Deck: Experience Birds of Prey with Open Door Bird Sanctuary||his program focuses on a mix of owls, hawks and falcons and their highly specialized hunting techniques and physical adaptations that make them successful. Rob Hults will present 4-5 of resident native raptors as education ambassadors for the sanctuary.|
|2:00 PM||Green Shopping - From Food Waste to Plastic with Kathy Navis||Did you know that 30-40% of food produced in the USA ends up in the landfill? Why and what you can do to help. And, there are new and exciting innovations in cleaning products namely laundry detergents, shampoos, etc that are eliminating the plastic bottles- we will look at some of the new alternatives.|
|Make Peace with Your Skin by Trillium Organics||Karen will focus on detoxing your skincare. She is a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Green Products Alliance. Her brand Trillium is resoundingly endorsed by the Organic Consumers Association for its integrity. Detoxifying your skin care. Skin as the largest organ in our body is the receptor of toxins in the environment. |
A look at the issue of some possibly damaging effects of wireless technology on our skin.
The meaning Spiritual Skincare and benefits of Forest Bathing.
|3:00 PM||Shoreline at the Edge: How and Why to Protect the Door Peninsula, Islands and Surrounding Waters |
Cinnamon Rossman – Door County Land Trust
|What’s so special about Door County? Let’s take a closer look at how Door County’s conservation is connected to the environmental health of the Great Lakes region and |
beyond. Looking at the birds, insects, plants, and other rare or threatened species that rely upon the Door Peninsula, we’ll walk through Door County’s designated State Natural
Areas and look at how conservation partners are working together to protect the county.
|Composting by Mighty Wind Farms||Char & Dan Fratke – Mighty Wind Farms |
We all know what composting is. But what are the benefits and how does it work? What are the different types of composting and what tools are needed? And what isn’t a good idea when composting? Whether you’re just curious, a newbie to composting or you’ve been composting for a while, stop by. We’re happy to answer your questions from our experience in the world of composting.
Sunday 4/24: Earth Day Festival at CrossroadsWetland restoration tours on Crossroads’ new bridges; tree planting demos; seed, plant and tree give-aways; jumping worm info & more. Fun for the whole family. And, if the timing is right, there may be suckers in Big Creek!
Sunday, April 24
Crossroads at Big Creek
2041 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
|2- 4 p.m.|
Demonstrations + Activities
|Wild Ones Tree Giveaway and Tree|
|The Wild Ones of the Door Peninsula will be on hand to distribute free conifer trees, as a part of the Big Plant. Urban forester Don Gustafson will talk about the benefits of planting trees and demonstrate the proper way to plant to ensure success.
|Master Gardeners, DCIST and DPAS||Learn about jumping worms, invasive species
eradication, dark skies and more.
|Door County Seed Library and Wild Ones|
Wildfl ower Seed and Plant Give-away
|The County Seed Library will distribute free packages of
native wildflower seeds and Wild Ones of the Door Peninsula will give away monarda seedlings (one per family as the supply lasts).
|Fish Viewing||We can’t promise, but it is possible the northern pike and
suckers will be in Big Creek. The Middle Bridge will be
reserved for fi sh education.
|Educational videos in the Collins Learning Center|
|2:15 p.m.||Wetland Restoration Tour||Using our new North Bridge and boardwalks as viewing
platforms, see how Crossroads is removing aquatic invasive and enhancing the habitat with native wetland trees, shrubs, wildflowers and sedges. About 45 minutes.
Meet at the Workshop at the main parking area.
- Wetland restoration tours
- "Hide and Go Seep," a hunt of watershed features
- Watershed demonstrations
- Tree and seed giveaway by Wild Ones & Door County Seed Library
Visit crossroadsatbigcreek.org for complete information.
|3:15 p.m.||Riparian (Creekside) Restoration Tour||Using our new Cedar Crossing Bridge and boardwalks as viewing platforms, a restoration specialist will explain how Crossroads is removing invasive shrubs and improving the forest and riparian habitats. About 45 minutes. Meet at the Workshop at the main parking area.
The Steering Committee includes representatives from various organizations: Climate Change Coalition Door County, Crossroads at Big Creek, Sustain Door, Door County Thrive, Forest Recovery Project, Egg Harbor Green Tier Task Force, and the Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion.