Celebrating the Seasons

Earth Day Celebration 2018

earthSaturday, April 22, 2018
9 AM - 4 PM
at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve 

near Barneveld, Wisconsin

Coordinated by Grace

Learn, share, discover and connect with the spirit of the Earth at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve's 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.


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Featured Presenters

 Rev. Selena Fox
Selena Fox

 Paul Herrick
Paul Herrick

 Sharon Stewart
Sharon Stewart



9:00 am Open for Arrivals
9:30 am Opening Circle Welcome with Selena Fox and Coordinator Grace
Welcome grounding meditation and logistical notes for the day, followed by an overview of Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve, its environmental work, and historical connections with Earth Day through Selena’s activist work.
10 am

Embracing Decay: Getting Started with Home Composting with Zephyr
Join long-time Circle member Zephyr as he talks about his experiences with composting in a home environment, and offers how-to’s, tips, and tricks for getting this started in your own small sub-urban space!

Family Programming with Paul
Families with children are invited to join Paul on a short field-trip to the Fairy Shrine to clean-up and refresh the space after a long winter.

11 am


11:30 am

You can Green the End-of-Life! with Death Midwife & Circle Minister Sharon Stewart
You've tried to live your life green, why wouldn't you want to end it as green as possible? Traditional burial and cremation practices can have significant negative environmental impact that may not follow along with your personal beliefs and practices. Come and learn about environmentally friendly burial alternatives that may help you leave a lighter footprint while making your end-of-life arrangements.

Family Programming with Paul
Outdoor Playtime / Organized Games

12:30 pm Picnic Lunch / Self-guided Nature Walks / Cemetery Tour 
1:30 pm

Herbs for 21st Century Life with Selena Fox in the Temple Room
Exploring ancient and contemporary ways of working with herbs in daily life to enhance personal well-being and relationships with Nature.

Family Programming with Paul
It’s time for an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt! Families are encouraged to meet at the summer kitchen for a fun afternoon of finding the first signs of spring.

2:30 pm


3 pm

Urban Gardening: Making the Most of Your Small Spaces with Zephyr
Everyone can garden, even in an apartment or other small space! Since not everyone can live in a rural, farm-type environment, Zephyr is going to talk about gardening in small urban spaces and ways to bring fresh growing foods into your home.

Family Programming with Paul
Outdoor playtime / Organized Games

4 pm

Earth Day Ceremony with Selena Fox & Others
Celebrate Earth Day and attune to Nature with music, movement, and meditation in this multicultural and interfaith ceremony, held outside in the Stone Circle weather permitting. Bring a small rock or crystal to donate to the ring of stones during the ceremony. If you wish, bring a rattle, drum, or other rhythm instrument to play.

5 pm

Clean-up & 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).
  • Suitable clothing and gear for prescribed burning, conducted when and as conditions permit.
  • 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).



If you have questions, please contact the Circle Office.


Please help us with our planning by pre-registering through the form below.  Registration is FREE.