In celebration of the weeks around Earth Day, National Environmental Education Week, and the spring season, enjoy a range of free and low-cost family events each day. Earth Day Bouquet offers your family a variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, get involved in your local and natural community, and become motivated to make a difference in the health and sustainability of the environment.
Check our events schedule and mark your calendar for a Bouquet of things to do, explore and learn about this Earth Day season.Nature Net Calendar
New This Year
PBS Wisconsin Education has just released a new Wisconsin Biography edition featuring Gaylord Nelson. Check it out HERE.
“The idea for Earth Day came from a Wisconsinite named Gaylord Nelson. He wanted to set aside a day for people to learn about the environment. He shared his idea with people and it grew into Earth Day.”
The Wisconsin Biographies website features additional resources including short text biographies of each individual at three reading levels (print and ebook), an image gallery with historic photos and documents, a trading card interactive and teaching tips.
- Walk the free trails or try one of these nature activities at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center every day from dawn to dusk.
- Take a virtual tour of the caves at Cave of the Mounds
- Hike boardwalks at Cherokee Marsh Dawn to dusk seven day a week.
- Participate in Dane County Park‘s BINGO challenge or in their weekly photo challenge!
- Bring the Zoo to you with keeper chats, animal crafts, and animal adventures from Henry Vilas Zoo.
- Try your hand at the Party for the Planet Instagram contest hosted by the Henry Vilas Zoo and other Dane County organizations to help celebrate 50 years of Earth Day.
Join These National Programs
- Project BudBurst – Record your spring nature observations.
- Earth Day 2020– Campaign to promote climate action.
- National Environmental Education Week (April 20-24, 2020) – Find activity kits and educator guides for outdoor and environmental education experiences.
- Green and Healthy Schools – Get your school to reduce environmental impact and costs and improve environmental and sustainability literacy.
- Earth Day @50: Aspiring for Sustainability, Striving for Justice, Crafting the Planet Conference – Monday, April 20th, 2020 [now VIRTUAL] : In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this year’s conference will set the stage for a convergence between the past and the present. We will highlight the confluence between the traditional conservation and restoration of the planet and new, ecological innovations taking place in areas such as genetics and engineering. We will discuss how we can leverage the best aspects of the past environmental movements while incorporating an increased sense of social justice. And, perhaps most importantly, we will honor those with wisdom of the natural world, while exploring new lessons that can help us all to be better environmental citizens. Join us as we work together to craft a future filled with hope, positivity, and intentionality.
Let Us Know How You Celebrate!
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