Earth Day Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for service hours? Want to get involved in the community? Searching for a Troop activity for Earth Day? Here are some great opportunities in the Racine area to do just that!

North Bay Weed Out Garlic Mustard Pull

Date: April 21 and 28
Location: 3634 North Bay Drive (at the Ravine)
Time: 9:00 am- Noon
Leader: Lisa Ptacek (contact at 681-2414)
Description: Volunteers will be looking for garlic mustard and pulling it. Dress appropriately.

Sturtevant Beautification Committee

Location: Kirkorian Nature Preserve, Broadway Drive, Sturtevant
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time: 9:00 am – Noon
Leader: Linda Busha (contact at LindaBusha@yahoo.com)
Description: Volunteers will be picking up trash and spreading mulch on walking paths throughout the preserve. Call Rose at 886-3282 for more information. Dress for the weather and bring working gloves.

Eco-Justice Center
Location: 7133 Michna Road
Date: April 21, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Leader: Sister Janet Weyker (contact at Jaweyk@miliserv.net) 681-8527
Description: volunteers will be raking and moving wood chips, and other miscellaneous tasks. There will be a demonstration on Bee Keeping at 10 a.m. with a tour of the bee house and a lecture on how to raise bees. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date April 21, 2012
Time: 10 – 11 am
Description: Learn about Honey Bees”, a program for all ages who want to learn more about the importance of these fascinating insects. The hour long session will take place in the honey house at the Eco-Justice Center. Call 262-681-8527 by April 20th if you plan to attend.

Date: April 21, 2012
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Description: “Know your Soil and Composting” is an exciting program participants will learn about healthy soil, the foundation for all gardening and “the how and why” of composting.
Leader: Carmen Lindsley
Call Carmen at 262-672-4272 by Friday, April 20th if you plan to attend.

Racine Zoo

Location: 200 Goold Street
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Leader: Todd Wolf(262) 636-9189
Description: We will be having an Earth Day activity at the zoo where people can come help beautify the zoo for the upcoming season.

Garlic Mustard Pull at Colonial Park

Location: Colonial Park (West High Street)
Date: Saturday, April 28,2012
Time: 9:00 to Noon
Leader: Melissa Warner Melissa.warner3@sbcglobal.net
Description: Volunteers will help identify, pull, and bag garlic mustard, also cut, drag, and pile honeysuckle and buckthorn. Dress for weather with long pants and sturdy close-toed shoes. Tools provided, but you may bring gloves or a shovel if you like.

Tree and Shrub at Colonial Park

Location: Colonial Park (West High Street)
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time: 9:00 to Noon
Leader: Melissa Warner Melissa.warner3@sbcglobal.net
Description: Volunteers will help select appropriate spot, dig a small hole, place tree carefully and or replace shrub, then insert flag marker. Dress for weather with long pants and sturdy close-toed shoes. Tools provided, but
you may bring gloves or a shovel if you like.

Invasive Removal

Location: Nicholson Wildlife Area (Five Mile Road Caledonia between
Nicholson Rd. & County H)
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012
Time: 12:30 to 3:30
Leader: Melissa Warner or Helen Pugh melissa.warner3@sbcglobal.net
262-639-0918
Description: Volunteers will help identify, pull, and bag garlic mustard, also cut, drag, and pile honeysuckle and buckthorn. Dress for weather with long pants and sturdy close-toed shoes. Tools provided, but you may bring gloves or a shovel if you like.

Planting Willow Trees

Location: Zoo Path – 200 Goold St.- located east of the Racine Zoo above the Zoo beach.
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time: 9:00 to Noon
Leader: Marsha Wersing marciawensing@gmail.com
Description: Volunteers will be planting a selection of canopy trees, mid-layer shrubs and perennial ground covers. Please dress for the weather. Wear substantial footwear suitable for working on a hillside, water repellent is a plus. We suggest leather work gloves and protective eye wear. We have a limited supply of gloves and eyewear available. You may bring garden spades and transplanting trowels if you wish although a limited supply will be available.

Thanks to Tim Shea in the Lighthouse District for sending this out!

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