Earth Day Celebration 2015

earthSaturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve 

near Barneveld, Wisconsin

Coordinated by Daisy & John

Learn, share, discover and connect with the spirit of the Earth at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve's 2015 Earth Day Festival! It's a day of learning, celebration and hands-on fun as we celebrate the planet we live on. Come and play with us at the preserve as we learn about the water that runs through it, the birds that fly above it, and other things the land has to teach us.  Best of all, it's FREE! 


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9:00 am Open for Arrivals
9:30 am Welcome and Nature Preserve Report with Daisy, John, Selena and Bob
In the Temple Room.
10 am Garlic Mustard Pulling with Bob & Reed
Join us as we work together on the land pulling this invasive species from selected areas of our Nature Preserve. Wear appropriate clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring gloves. Meet in the Temple Room for instructions.

Gathering Nature Walk 
This is part one of a three part workshop. During this time, we will take a walk to gather items (leaves, grasses, etc.) to use as printing material for our Earth Day Nature Celebration Prayer Flags. Wear appropriate clothing, footwear, and bring a bag for collecting. Workshop is appropriate for all ages! Meet at the fire pit.
11 am Meet the Willow Family: Aesthetics, Uses, and Propagation Techniques with John
We’ll talk about members of the Genus Salix, known to all as the humble yet beloved Willow. What sets these plants apart? Which types are native to Wisconsin? How have they interacted with humans over the centuries? We’ll swap stories about how Willows have affected our lives, and demonstrate a simple propagation method that you can use to spread a “Wealth of Willow” on your favorite property. In the Temple Room.

Painting Your Earth Day Nature Celebration Prayer Flags 
This is the second part of a three part workshop. (You do not need to have part one to participate in this workshop.) We will use your objects you collected on our Gathering Nature Walk and using paint you will print them onto your flags. This workshop is appropriate for all ages and families! In the Summer Kitchen.
Noon - 1 pm Mid-day Snack & Social 
After a morning of learning about the birds and water in our ecosystem we'll have some time to enjoy it! There will be snacks in the Temple Room, music afoot, and the potential of an awesome penguin sighting.
1 pm Joining the Flock with Florence
Come and learn how you can be a part of new efforts to crowdsource bird research and conservation. In the Temple Room.

Planet Earth Crafting & Song
Using coffee filters, washable markers, and water we will create our own Planet Earth and watch it come to life. We’ll also learn a simple song or two about our Earth. Fun family craft/activity! Join us in the Summer Kitchen.
2:30 pm The Who, What, Where, and Why of Green Burial with Selena Fox & Sharon Stewart
Join us as we discuss the effects on the environment current burial and cremation practices have on our Earth compared to green or natural burial that allows the body to recycle naturally. Learn all about Circle Sanctuary’s Green Cemetery which is one of the first Green Cemeteries to be established in the United States and the first Green Cemetery to be establishes on a Nature Preserve in Wisconsin. In the Temple Room.

Constructing Your Earth Day Nature Celebration Prayer Flags
This is part three of a three part workshop – you must attend part two to participate in this workshop. Now that our prayer flags have dried it is time to fringe the edges on them and do some easy sewing and get our flags strung. In the Summer Kitchen.
4 pm Earth Day Ceremony with Selena Fox and Others
Together as community, we will celebrate and honor the Earth on this 45th Anniversary of Earth Day. Ceremony at Stone Circle weather and ground permitting.
5 pm Cleanup and Farewells
As we bid each other fond farewell, we will collaboratively leave the space better than we found it.



What to Bring:

  • Comfortable & sturdy shoes for Nature walks.
  • Sturdy outdoor clothing and an optional change of clothes (some activities will allow you to interface directly with nature, which can be very rewarding but occasionally messy).
  • Snacks to contribute to the snack table for mid-day refreshment.
  • Drum, rattle, or other rhythm instrument for the ceremony (optional).
  • Gardening gloves for plant gathering (optional).
  • Picnic blanket or camping chair as weather permitting some workshops may be held outside (optional).
  • Stone or rock to leave at the Stone Circle (optional).