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Ann Arbor Area 44th Annual Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Leslie Science & Nature Center
1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Join us for an afternoon of celebrating the Earth through entertainment, education, exploration, and fun!
Parking can be limited at the event so visitors are strongly encouraged to "go green" and carpool, bus, bike, or walk to the festival. Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition will be offering a free bike corral to those that ride in and the AATA Route 2 stops at Plymouth Rd., only a short walk from the event. Details on the bus route can be found on the AATA website here.
About the Festival
The Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Festival is an annual celebration coordinated by the Earthday Festival Planning Committee, a coalition of over fifteen local environmental nonprofits and agencies, and held at Leslie Science & Nature Center. A limited number of innovative clean energy groups and businesses are highlighted each year, as coordinated by the nonprofit Clean Energy Coalition.
This free, family-friendly event features displays from 40 local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations; live animal demonstrations; hands-on activities; live entertainment; green building & commuting technologies; energy topics; water awareness; sustainable agriculture; and more.
In the true spirit of Earth Day, this festival will again be a Zero Waste event, with the help from Recycle Ann Arbor and their grant from the Ann Arbor Area Community foundation. Visitors can help keep up the average of 90% waste diverted from landfills during the Earth Day Event by bringing their reusable water bottle, and putting their waste in the right receptacles.
Ann Arbor’s Earth Day Festival is a free event thanks to local donors and sponsors including the City of Ann Arbor, Dollar Bill Copying, Leslie Science & Nature Center, NSF International, Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation, WCC, and Whole Foods.
Events at the Festival
1212:30-1:30 - Gemini
Twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits perform with uncannily matched voices, up-beat flair for sparking audience participation, a stage full of instruments, and award-winning children’s songs and storytelling.
1:40-2:00 – Deborah Lee Rose
Deborah Lee Rose will do a reading of JIMMY THE JOEY , the true story of the world’s most famous koala baby, rescued as an orphan and returned to the wild by Australia’s Koala Hospital. The book won the Eureka Silver Book Award for Nonfiction. She is now working on a book about the rescue of an injured raptor.
2:00-2:20 – All-Species Parade
Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite flora or fauna and prance, preen, or frolic as they parade throughout the festival site.
2:30-3:30 - Joe Reilly
Joe Reilly is a singer, songwriter, and educator from Ann Arbor who writes songs from his heart. Joe’s songs are playful, clever, engaging, joyful, and always have something meaningful to say. The core of his message is an invitation to heal our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with the earth.
Other Ongoing Events:
- Recycled Crafting provided by the Scrap Box
- Birds of prey orientations
- Dynamic and engaging live-animal presentations with LSNC's critters
- Naturalist-led hikes through Black Pond Woods
- Tours of Project Grow’s Discovery Garden and Compost Education Center
- Face-painting provided by Ann Arbor Cohousing
Exhibitors at the Festival
A variety of local nonprofits will be providing visitors with fun, educational activities and crafts for all ages, focusing on topics such as recycling, water quality, ecological communities, local food, and much more! At the Clean Energy Expo, visitors can also explore what different businesses are doing to “go green,” by exploring energy efficient cars, solar cookers, and more!
Participating Nonprofit Organizations
- Scio Residents for Safe Water
- Recycle Ann Arbor
- City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation
- NSF International
- ACS – Huron Valley Local Section
- The Scrap Box
- City of Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation
- Huron River Watershed Council
- Washtenaw County Parks
- Green Apple Garden Playschool
- City of Ann Arbor Sustainability
- Ann Arbor District Library
- University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
- Touchstone Cohousing
- Ecology Center
- Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office
- Growing Hope
- Veterans For Peace Chapter 93
- Leslie Science & Nature Center
- Washtenaw Audubon
Clean Energy Expo Participants
- Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
- City of Ann Arbor - Energy Office
- Renewal by Andersen
- Ann Arbor Nissan
- Mahindra GenZe
- The Appropriate Technology Collaborative
- Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association
- Clean Energy Coalition
- Wayne State EcoCar 3
Food Vendors at the Festival
- Pilar’s Tamales
- Silvio’s Organic Pizza
- Ypsilanti Food Co-Op
Read the press release.
Since these birds make their home in the area, the program was especially appropriate. — John Johnson, President, Total Management Services