By Paul Schmitt
Celebrate Earth Week 2018 Door County begins in earnest this week with the Green Movies Series to educate people on sustainability and clean water. Wayne Kudick of Earth Week Door County says the goal behind the planned events and movies is to be good stewards of the environment while positively impacting the local economy.
The Green Door Legacy Roundtable is a two-part event with Wednesday night and again next Monday addressing the search for sustainability and a Green Legacy Lecture to find solutions to environmental issues. You can find a complete calendar of events at Earth Week Door County below.
4/11 Wed. 7:00 p.m., Sevastopol Town Hall, 4528 Rt 57, Institute Green Movie Series, "Searching for Sustainability", a 2018 locally-produced, balanced documentary with Kewaunee County people telling their stories re: water, soil and farming methods under scrutiny because of environmental challenges causing community concern, a basis for informed debate and solution options. Co-producer, Discussion Leader: Michael Finney
The second portion of the Green Door Legacy Roundtable will be held at the same location on Monday, April 16th, at 7:00PM, featuring the solution side to the Kewaunee farming and environmental dilemma: Dean Hoegger will present a lecture with discussion entitled "Opportunities and Barriers to Citizen Participation in Policy and Practices for Clean Water." Contact sponsor: Sustain Door; host: David Lea
Stevens Point, WI: Roy and Charlotte Lukes, Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Event information and registration available at www.eventbrite.com
or by calling (715) 346-4992.
3:00-5:00 p.m., The Clearing's Jensen Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road, Ellison Bay Green Movie Series, "The Great Ledge"; Takes viewers on a trip through the Wisconsin segment of the Niagara Escarpment with twelve interesting stories that explore the cliffs, caves, Native American pictographs, mines, plants, fauna, wine country and more. If you've ever wondered about the origins of the Escarpment in Wisconsin, and all that it involves then this is the story for you. Dan Larson, Producer will lead a discussion re: the movie and issues prompted. Nancy Goss, from the Greater Escarpment Organization, Door County (GEO-DC) will add plans for promoting the escarpment as a geological gem for Door County and a new building to house its efforts. Sponsor: Door County Environmental Council Contacts: Mike Bahrke Dan Larson, Com-Video Productions LLC Nancy Goss, GEO DC
4/16 Mon. 10:00-11:45 a.m., Door County Community Center (ADRC Center), 916 N. 14th Ave, Sturgeon Bay Green Movie Series, "The Messenger" (documentary): An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet. Discussion leader. Charlotte Lukes Hosts: Chris and Dave Kellems
7:00-8:30 p.m., Sevastopol Town Hall, 4528 Rt 57, Institute Green Door Legacy Roundtable Lecture, "Opportunities and Barriers to Citizen Participation in Policy and Practices for Clean Water" Lecturer: Dean Hoegger, President, NEW Clean Water Action Council Host: David Lea Sponsors: Sustain Door and NEW Clean Water Action Council. NOTE: Sevastopol Schools' FFA will view the movie in classes
4/17 Tues. 4:40 p.m., UUFDC (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St. (Rt 42), Ephraim Green Movie Series, "The Plastic Paradise, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch"; the world-wide plastic garbage growth and the effects on wildlife. Tony Gatenby, Discussion Leader
10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Door County Community Center (ADRC Center), 916 N. 14th Ave, Sturgeon Bay Green Movie Series, TWO showings: "The Great Ledge" Documentary takes viewers through our Niagara Escarpment with twelve stories that explore cliffs, caves, lithographs, pictographs, mines plants, fauna, wine country and more and the origins of this wonder of nature. Dan Larson, Producer, will discuss the photographic and content formulation for this environmental film, (920) 336-3500 Sponsor: Climate Change Coalition of Door County, https://climatechangedoorcounty.com
Contact: Tony Gatenby, PhD, Climate Change Coalition of Door County Menasha Corporation and Schneider Transportation are the underwriters for the film's showing.
4/19 Thurs. 10:00-10:30 a.m., WDOR Radio Talk Show with Eddie Allen co-hosts Carl Scholz, Master Gardeners and Angela Lensch, THRIVE, Egg Harbor "Earth Week(s) 2018 Calendar of Events, Discussion, Origins, Goals" Tia Nelson, Senator Gaylord Nelson's daughter will provide a message (Senator Nelson was the originator of Earth Day). Contacts: Angela Lensch, THRIVE, Egg Harbor Carl Scholz Eddy Allen
5:00 p.m., Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. "Cultivating Community with the Green Tier Legacy Charter", http://greentiercommunities.org/
In a special Earth Week presentation, Will Erikson (DNR Environmental Business Support Coordinator) will give an overview of what it means to be a Green Tier Legacy Community. Hear an update from the Village of Egg Harbor as they step into their first year as a Green Tier Legacy Community Community and encourage other municipalities to enroll in this energy efficiency and environmental sustainability plan that also improves business development. In addition, hear about the new book nook story book gardens happening in Village of Egg Harbor. Host, Angela Lensch, Egg Harbor Village Board, Green Tier Legacy Community Committee Snacks and refreshments will be available
7:00 p.m., Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. "Inspired by the Earth: Green Drinks & Karaoke Sing Along", Get down with your green self and kick of Earth Week. Sing the songs of John Denver, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, or your karaoke specialty. Music by Caleb Frostman. Contact: Jess Reinke.
4/21 Sat. Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. "Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and Earth Day with Serenity Bridge Yoga and Open Door Bird Sanctuary" 10:00 - Kress Pavilion & Library Opens 10:30 - Kids Earth Day Yoga: Ann Johnson will kick off the day by Serenity Bridge with Earth Day Kids Yoga! The program is targeted for ages 3-7, and include fun yoga poses along with stories, games and a lot of imagination that will celebrate our love for the earth. 11:00 - Crafts & Hands on Activities. 12:00 - Open Door Bird Sanctuary Presents "Hunters of the Sky" Raptor Program. We will celebrate our feathered friends with activities all day. The program will focus on a mix of owls, hawks and falcons and their highly specialized hunting techniques and physical adaptations that make them successful. 1:00 PM- Program ends
4/22 Sun. 10:00 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St. (Rt 42), Ephraim "Citizen Actions to Protect the Waters of Northeast Wisconsin" Dean Hoegger, President, NEW Clean Water Action Council, will talk about the rights of citizens to protect both ground and surface waters, recent citizen actions, opportunities for citizen participation, and the barriers for citizen participation in northeast Wisconsin.
4/23 Mon. 2:00-4:00 p.m., Fish Creek Library Conference Room, 4097 Main St. Green Movie Series, "The Eden Project": This is a documentary on the evolution of a fantastic idea on the rough but beautiful Cornish coast of England. In about 1995 an idea was born to celebrate the Millennium by creating a massive tribute to the plant kingdom and our complete dependence on it! A group of diverse individuals coalesced into a remarkable team and turned an industrial waste site into one of the world's most amazing, lush, educational and entertaining environmental centers. About 20 times larger than the most ambitious hot houses, it features tropical jungles and arid desert climates right on the west coast of England. In a little over an hour we will sample the excitement that this project engendered and visit a breathtaking "Sustainable Disneyland of Nature", very close to where the very popular TV series "Doc Martin" has been filmed. Sponsor David Lea from Sustain Door will host and provide Q&A, present on prospects for environmental advancements forthcoming from this project.
Sister Bay Library, 2323 Mill Rd. Green Movie Series Double Feature 3:30 p.m., "The Lorax", for kids and adults needing childhood fun. Based on the book by Doctor Seuss, a 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The forest-dwelling Lorax has to stop the short-sighted Once-ler from ruining the environment for profit in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. 5:30 p.m., "Inconvenient Truth, The Sequel" (followup to "An Inconvenient Truth"): A 2017 American documentary film about former US Vice President Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change. The film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem. Discussion Leader; Tony Gatenby, Climate Change Coalition of Door County Coordinator: Pat Glen
4/24 Tues. Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. Green Movie Series Double Feature: 4:30 p.m., "The Lorax", for kids and adults needing childhood fun. Based on the book by Doctor Seuss, a 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The forest-dwelling Lorax has to stop the short-sighted Once-ler from ruining the environment for profit in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. 7:00 p.m., "The Messenger" (documentary): An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet.
5:30-7:00 p.m., Sister Bay Library, 2323 Mill Rd. (upper conference room) Spring Herbs of Door County: Door County's herbs, medicinal & food use. Presenter: David Laluzerne
7:00-9:00 p.m., Sturgeon Bay Library (Jane Green Room), 107 S 4th Ave. Green Movie Series: "Inconvenient Truth, The Sequel" (followup to "An Inconvenient Truth"): A 2017 American documentary film about former US Vice President Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change. The film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem. Q&A guide and discussion leader: Tony Gatenby, Climate Change Coalition
4/25 Wed. 3:30 p.m., Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S 4th Ave. Green Movie Series (for kids): "WALL-E", short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE (Elissa Knight), a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy.
1:00-3:00 p.m., Heins Creek Preserve, 7112 Rt 57 (between Baileys Harbor and Jacksonport) "Land Trust Celebrating Earth Week Walk at Heins Creek Preserve", Join us for a special Earth Day hike at the Door County Land Trust's Heins Creek Preserve! This beautiful preserve is part of a larger isthmus of wetlands and wooded sand dunes between Kangaroo Lake and Lake Michigan. These dunes were formed thousands of years ago after the glaciers melted and lake levels dropped, eventually closing off the old bay of Lake Michigan, forming what is today Kangaroo Lake. Heins Creeks, a Class II trout stream, drains from the south end of Kangaroo Lake, passing through the preserve to Lake Michigan. Trails are relatively easy to traverse, with some sandy and muddy places throughout. This walk will cover a portion of the 1 mile trail system, and take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours. Limit: 35 registered hikers Registration at: www.doorcountylandtrust.org
Co-leaders: Chuck Lauter, Terrie Cooper
7:00-8:30 p.m., Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay "Wild Words: Ten Stories about Water". With a theme of "healthy water", storytellers will share a story with 20 pictures and 20 seconds per picture. The format, called "pecha kucha," is Japanese for chit-chat and gives each storyteller 6 minutes and 40 seconds to interpret the water theme through story or spoken word. Introduction: Cinnamon Rossman, Door County Land Trust
7:00 p.m., Bjorklunden Conference Center, 7590 Boynton Ln, Baileys Harbor "Wisconsin's Trees and Forests - A Societal Treasure Hidden in Plain Sight" and "Climate Change--A Prelude to Earth Week's Tree Planting Events". Presenter: Paul De Long, American Forest Foundation, Washington, DC (former Wis. State Forester, DNR) Sponsor: Climate Change Coalition of Door County. Hosts: Dick & Mary Smythe
4/26 Thurs. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 4/27 Fri., 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 4/28, Sat. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Tree Planting Events: "Connect with Nature at The Nature Conservancy Mink River Preserve", 309 Rt 42, Ellison Bay For information, flyer, and map contact: Climate Change Door County Co-Sponsors: The Nature Conservancy, Kari Hagenow The Climate Change Coalition of Door County
4/27 Fri. 2:00-3:30 p.m., The Ridges, 8166 Rt 57, Baileys Harbor "Biological control: Nature fighting pests for you." Annie Deutsch, UW Extension Agricultural Agent, presents an overview of natural predators to control insects. Birders George Cobb and Jane Whitney will discuss bird species and the benefits from less pesticides. Sponsors: The Ridges, U/W Extension Agricultural Programs
Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar High School students will conduct their annual tree planting activity for The Nature Conservancy. Bob Bultman, Consultant, Restore Door County Sponsor: Kari Hagenow, The Nature Conservancy
4/28 Sat. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Sturgeon Bay High Auditorium, 1230 Michigan St. "Protecting Our Ground Water: A Community Forum" To begin, U/W-Oshkosh Geology Professor Maureen Muldoon and USDA Agricultural Researcher Mark Borchardt will discuss Door County's unique geology and challenges in protecting our groundwater based on current science. To close, a local panel consisting of Door County Corporation Council's Grant Thomas, Assistant County Sanitarian Chris Olson, and County Conservationist Erin Hanson will explain past efforts in the County to prevent human and animal waste contamination to groundwater. Sponsor: League of Women Voters, Door County, Susan Kohout
3:00-5:00 p.m., The Clearing's Jensen Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Rd, Ellison Bay Green Movie Series: "The Messenger", Documentary is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet. Discussion Leader: Charlotte Lukes and Dick Smythe. Door County Environmental Council, Coordinator, Host: Mike Bahrke
7:00-8:30 p.m., Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond, 10118 Moravia St., Ephraim "An Evening at Nature's Opera: Frog Chorus", As spring temperatures rise, frogs begin their spring search for a mate, and they use their amazing vocal chords to announce their presence. Learn about the various ways of identifying frogs by sound, and about the efforts to monitor frog populations in Door County. This sensitive species is an indicator to the health of the ecosystem, and their resounding sound is music to many conservationists! Trails are relatively flat but can be a little rocky, so wear good walking shoes. Evening light will guide us, but bring a flashlight to be safe. Limit 20 Registered Hikers Registration at: www.doorcountylandtrust.org
Leaders: Marilyn Hansotia Co- Leaders: Bob Judd, Tom Clay Directions: Park at the Anderson Dock or Hardy Gallery, cross Hwy 42, walk east on Anderson Lane one block until it intersects with Moravia St., turn left on Moravia and meet at DCLT trailhead sign
EARTH WEEK DOOR COUNTY - BACKGROUND Earth Day (always April 22nd) and Arbor day (always the last Friday in April) are two keystone days in which we recognized the importance of our environment. They also signal the beginning of spring and renewal, and reinforce our goal of protecting our fragile earth in any way possible. To focus attention on these days, we've titled the time between the two as "Earth Week".
Earth Week Door County began with a focus on tree planting, but has expanded to include a variety of other activities and events that now fill most of April. Our long-term goal is to draw attention to time between and around Earth and Arbor Days by providing a wide variety of earth-centric events, whether they be discussions & presentations, films, activities like student and volunteer tree planting, lists of books to read, local/state/national presenters, music, and more.
Earth Week(s) also has a long-range goal of creating "shoulder season" events to bring folks to Door County before the traditional tourist season.
Beginning in 2016, the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, The Forest Recovery Project, The Ridges Sanctuary, and The Nature Conservancy teamed up to bring together more than a week's worth of activities that will help everyone observe Earth Day and Arbor Day. Now our goal is to help be a clearinghouse of information for Earth Week-centric activities, a focal point to share information from other like-minded groups.
Earth Week Door County is focused on bringing attention to Earth Day and Arbor Day with a wide range of our and others' activities and events, collectively titled "Celebrate Earth Week".