Earth Day 2006

April 22, 2006
at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
near Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin

Registration and Information

Registration: Free and open to the public.

Donations are welcome but not required. Any proceeds received will benefit the Nature preservation work of Circle Sanctuary and are tax deductible.

Pre-registration is recommended but not required:
call: (608) 924-2216

What to Bring:

  • Potluck dish for midday lunch
  • Stone or rock to leave at the Stone Circle (optional)
  • Drum, rattle, or other rhythm instrument for the ceremony (optional)
  • Comfortable & sturdy shoes for Nature walks

Program Schedule

10 am Open for Arrivals
10:30 am - 11 am Welcome to Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve: Executive Director Selena Fox will present an overview of the Nature sanctuary, its trails, and natural features. She also will describe Circle Sanctuary's environmental work, which includes prairie restoration, wetland conservation, songbird preservation, forest management, and the creation of Wisconsin's first Green cemetery.
11 am - Noon Prairie Talk and Burn:Weather permitting, Naturalist & Prairie Project coordinator Reed Cockrell will talk about the importance of prairie fires in sustaining prairies and then will facilitate a restorative prairie burn.

In the event of morning rain, instead of a prairie burn, there will be an indoor presentation on Bison and Elk in Wisconsin by Rich Henderson of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

12:30 pm - 2 pm Potluck Lunch & Self-guided nature walks
2 pm - 3:30 pm Connecting with the Earth: Native American Rock Art:Wisconsin artist Geri Schrab will present a powerpoint slide talk on ancient Native American rock carvings (petroglyphs) and rock paintings (pictographs) in Wisconsin and North America. She will show photographs and talk about her visits to rock art sites and her work creating watercolors inspired by them. Geri also will discuss the importance of respecting and preserving these sites.

Geri's rock art inspired paintings are in galleries and in private collections around the USA. Some will be on display and for sale throughout the day, with 10% of the proceeds going to Circle Sanctuary. More info about Geri's work is on-line:

3:45 pm - 4 pm Rehabilitating Birds of Prey: Richard & Colleen of Rapture Ridge will talk about their work and show the rehabilitated Red-tailed Hawk that they plan to release during the ceremony that follows.
4 pm - 5:30 pm Earth Day Ceremony & Red-tailed Hawk Release: This ceremony will be a celebration of Earth Day and the greater Circle of Nature of which we are all part. It will be facilitated by Selena Fox and other members of the Circle Sanctuary community. Weather permitting, it will be held outdoors and will include the release of a rehabiltated Red-tailed Hawk.
7 - 8 pm Farewells & Clean-Up
Throughout the day: * Information about Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve will be available.
* Circle Sanctuary staff will be available to answer questions.
* The Circle Resource Shop will be open
* Herbal teas & coffee will be available as well as snacks.