Earth Day is April 22nd, and local businesses and organizations are offering up special events and activities for kids and families. Here are some of our favorite opportunities around town:
1. Celebrate the Earth! (Schlitz Audubon)
Saturday, April 24, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Website
Spend a day celebrating the Earth by participating in educational activities around the Center. Set your own pace as you visit different stations around the property. Naturalists will be at each station to teach you about problems and solutions that face various aspects of nature with an assortment of activities. This includes collecting and sorting litter on the shores of Lake Michigan, searching for macro-invertebrates in the ponds, learning how to identify native and migrating birds in a citizen science project, and making an eco-friendly craft to take home. Prior to the event, you will receive a PDF of the description and locations of the activities on our trail map.
This program will take place entirely outdoors. The Center will practice social distancing when they are able to, but because of the nature of small-group programming, it will not always be possible. For the health and safety of all, participants must wear a mask when you are within six feet of others. Please do not attend if you are sick or believe you have been exposed to the virus.
Members: $10 per person | Non-members: $15 per person
2. Family Nature Hike & Track Pickup (Urban Ecology Center)
Saturday, April 24 @ 1 - 3 pm
Join Community Programs Educator José for a family nature hike and trash pick up! Check their website for other themed Earth Day activities throughout the entire week.
3. Ruckus & Glee Sustainable Toys Spotlight
Ruckus & Glee Toy Store in Wauwatosa will be celebrating Earth Day by focusing on products on their shelves that promote sustainability and good stewardship of the planet. Join all week on their Facebook Page to check out toys, games, puzzles, and crafts that honor the treasure of ecosystems. This year’s Earth Day theme is is “Together, we can restore our Earth”.
4. Waukesha Earth Day Parks Clean-up | All Ages | Free!
Saturday, April 24⋅9:00 – 11:00am Waukesha Schuetze Rec Center (1120 Baxter St, Waukesha, WI 53186)
Spend 125 minutes making Waukesha better as we take care of our City for the future. Form a team and sign up to help pick up trash in a City park. Supplies will be provided. Participants are asked to register ahead of time. Volunteers are required to wear a face mask at all times and maintain at least 6' of social distancing from other volunteers, staff and community members.
5. Cloud 9 Recycled Art Zoom and Share with KIC | All Ages (Free!)
Saturday, April 24⋅9:00 – 10:30am Location: Virtual / At Home Event website and Registration
Kids Impact Community and Cloud 9 Workshop will have an action-packed hour this weekend. Kids will create a pop-up card, make a t-shirt bag, read two stories and tour Greater Goods MKE. They ask that a grown-up sits side-by-side with their child(ren) during the session to provide guidance.