April 20, 2009

Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Activities

It's important to me to involve my children in nature and the world around them. Here are some Earth Day events that are happening this week in and around Ann Arbor - Best of all most of the events are FREE!

Wednesday April 22:

Seed and Seedling Swap, 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Growing Hope in Ypsilanti. Bring seeds and seedlings you want to swap with other gardeners!

Earth Day Plastic Bag Trade - Be among the first 200 customers to shop at Whole Foods on Earth Day, and get a free Whole Foods Market Better Bag with your purchase! You can also recycle 10 plastic grocery bags for recycling to receive a free Better Bag in exchange. Surprise ecology oriented give-a-ways will continue throughout the day. Wednesday's are ALSO Kids Club day!!!

Friday April 24:

Tiny Tot Time—Earth Day 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor. Stop in for a carnival of indoor and outdoor hands-on activities. Explore the joys of forests, fields and fauna through hikes, songs, stories, puppets, games and crafts. Stop in to the Critter House to visit Frieda the iguana and her animal friends or meander past our Resident Raptors to spy on owls, hawks and other raptors. $7.00 per child, ages 1-3 years with a caregiver, siblings are welcome. Pre-registration not required—pay at the door!

Saturday April 25:

Celebrate the Earth’s Birthday at the Ypsilanti Public Library at 2:00 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day through storytime. Other activities include snacks, "make our own compost", and seed planting. Registration required - 482-4110 ext. 1340.

Dance for the Earth, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. at Downtown Home and Garden. Join the hottest Earth Day party in town. Dancing, Earth Day theme costumes, drum parade, and silent auction featuring local artists and earth-friendly items.... Proceeds support the Ecology Center's Mary Beth Doyle Environmental Health Fund.

Sunday, April 26:

Celebrate Ann Arbor's annual Earth Day Festival at the Leslie Science Center from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. This FREE, family friendly event features music and entertainment, hands on activities, live animal demonstrations, a Clean Energy Expo, and displays from local environmental, non-profit, and governmental organizations. At 2:30pm an All Species Parade will wind through the festival with those costumed as animals and plants.

1 comment:

  1. 40th Anniv Earth Day should be a big lesson for kids... 1 - Concerned citizens help start it right here in AA and 2 - It's a long term commitment that takes multi-generational persistence.

    other 40th Anniv Earth Day events @U-M:

    Also, I believe the April 26 2010 AA Earth Day Festival is at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Bldg, noon-4pm... not Leslie Science Center, 2-4pm (http://www.a2gov.org/government/publicservices/fieldoperations/solidwasteunit/education/Pages/EarthDayFestival.aspx)