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Ann Arbor's Annual Earth Day Festival

 


Join us on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 from 12-4 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 23 and 65 stop 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 Earth Day Festival is an annual celebration coordinated by the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee, a coalition of local environmental nonprofits and agencies, and held at Leslie Science & Nature Center.

 

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. 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!

Entertainment & Learning Presentations at the Festival

ENTERTAINMENT TENT

DTE ENERGY HOUSE

PROJECT GROW GARDENS

Family Entertainment

Adult Learning Presentations

Family Learning

12:30-1:30 Michigan Moon Storytime
Enjoy a playful storytime with  Meg Gower, local naturalist and author of Michigan Moon & Breakfast Moon.  Meg will read her books about native Michigan plants and animals which need our protection, and the phases of our closest celestial partner.   STEM concepts will be highlighted with interactive games.  Book sale/signing to follow.   Please bring cash.

12:30-1:15 Invasive Agricultural Pests
Learn how USDA Scientists work to safeguard Michigan Agriculture from potential invasive threats hitching a ride on international cargo. They will talk about significant pest threats including European Cherry Fruit Fly, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Spotted Lanternfly, and Giant African Snails. The presentation will also highlight technology used in making pest identifications remotely. Close up views of mites associated with honey bees and other pests are shown to highlight the pest identification process. After their talk, visit the USDA table to explore their insect drawers and more information on the invasive pests discussed. Presentation by Toby Glik, USDA Entomologist/Acarologist Identifier.

12:30-1:15  Compost demo
Project Grow

 

1:30-2:15 The Science & Practice of Forest Bathing
A growing body of research shows spending time in nature has a positive impact on our health!  Learn about the science behind Forest Therapy, a practice based on Shinrin-Yoku, also called "Forest Bathing"  by the Japanese, then go outside for a  Forest Therapy demonstration. Presentation by Cayla R. Samano, artist, author and certified Forest Therapy Guide.

1:30-2:15 Wild Flying Spring Bees
Join Bee scientist Gordon Fitch on an engaging, hands-on hike through the gardens to learn about the amazing diversity of wild native urban bees, and how we can support them.

2:15-2:30 ALL SPECIES PARADE
Come dressed as your favorite flora or fauna and prance, preen, pounce, and frolic throughout the Festival Grounds. The All Species Parade is a tradition that began at the first Eart Day Festival and continues today. Parade begins at the lawn behind the Leslie House.

2:45-3:30 Joe Reilly
Sing along with beloved local singer/songwriter Joe Reilly.  Joe’s songs are playful, clever, engaging, joyful, and always have something meaningful to say.  They celebrate our connections to the natural world while teaching environmental science and stewardship. Joe will be joined by percussionist Lori Fithian of Drummunity for the performance.

2:30-3:15 Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan
Learn about the rich tradition of wild rice in Michigan and its importance to the Anishinaabek people who live here.  Barb Barton,  Author of Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan, will touch on the history, culture, biology, economics, and spirituality surrounding this sacred plant.  She will discuss the historic wild rice beds that once existed in Michigan, why many disappeared, and the efforts of tribal and nontribal people to restore and protect Manoomin across the landscape. Book sale/signing to follow.   Please bring cash. Barb Barton is an endangered species biologist,  life-long wild foods forager, and award-winning singer-songwriter.

2:30-3:15 Emma Environmentalist Storybook Hike
Join author Christy Crews Kenyon on a nature hike through the gardens and woods to take care of our planet! She will read her book, Emma Environmentalist, a children's book that focuses on the real world issue of plastic in our waters.  The hike will inspire local actions to protect our rivers, Great Lakes, and the oceans beyond.  Christy will be joined by her mother Denise Crews who also is the illustrator of her book.   Book sale/signing to follow.   Please bring cash.

 

Ongoing Events:

Ann Arbor Hands on Museum Wind Exhibits
LSNC Led Nature Walks
LSNC Led Live Animal Presentations
Facepainting
Lawn Games

Exhibitors at the Festival

We will be joined by a variety of environmental non-profits and for-profits sharing information and activities that help us celebrate our earth!

 

Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers

USDA APHIS Emerald Ash Borer Program

Touchstone Cohousing Ann Arbor

Scio Residents for Safe Water

Citizens' Climate Lobby - Ann Arbor chapter

Washtenaw County Parks & Rec

City of Ann Arbor - Solid Waste

NSF International

 A3ECAC

City of Ann Arbor - Sustainability & Energy

Huron Valley ACS Local Section

Nature Learning Community

City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation

AAATA/TheRide

Michigan Conservation Stewards Program

City of Ann Arbor - Drinking Water

Ann Arbor District Library

Planet Blue-

Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association

UM Museum of Natural History

DTE’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program

National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center

Leslie Science & Nature Center

Ann Arbor Forest School

Ecology Center

Recycle Ann Arbor

Acton Academy

Huron River Watershed Council

Veterans For Peace Chapter 93

 

 

Food Vendors at the Festival

Cosa Sabrosa

Hero or Villian

Ray's Red Hots

Press Materials

The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee is comprised of volunteers from the City of Ann Arbor, Ecology Center, Give 365, Leslie Science & Nature Center, Wahtenaw County Parks, and Recycle Ann Arbor. If you have questions about the festival, feel free to reach out to us!

 AAEarthDay@gmail.com