Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Earth Day 2017 in Milwaukee's Parks

Earth Day celebrations in Milwaukee begin this Saturday morning.  Find your favorite park or event and help us make Milwaukee beautiful!

There's always a continued effort locally to clean up the parks and rivers using volunteers at this time.  It's a fun day of getting outdoors and meeting new people.  Equipment is provided so though you can bring your own stuff- gloves, trash bags, and t-shirts will be provided. Wear some sturdy shoes, or even rubber boots if you're going to one of the river locations. It's great to include all family members.  You can take pledges for trash collected and donate to help make Milwaukee even more beautiful.

If you want to join the Milwaukee Riverkeeper groups, show up at one of the 50 designated parks shown on the Riverkeeper website from 9-12 on Saturday, April 22. You can preregister, but it isn't necessary. If you need directions or park maps, you can get them at the Milwaukee County Parks website. There will be an afterparty at Estabrook Park at noon, featuring music.

There will also be kids' fishing clinics at 11 of the park lagoons on Saturday. Check the link for participating parks and additional information.  These clinics are run by volunteers and are open to children 15 and under.

The Urban Ecology Centers will be hosting cleanups as well as other activities like hikes as part of their Earth Day of Service April 22 from 9-12. No sign-up needed.  Check the individual branches to see what's happening.

Clean up the Hank Aaron State Trail on Saturday too. Last year there were nearly 300 volunteers. Sign in at Miller Park south of the Klement's Sausage Haus or Stormwater Park, across from Palermo's Pizza.

There are ongoing clean up activities, which can be joined at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful's website.  They also track environmental programs locally, so take a look at their calendar for additional programs.  They will be hosting their kick-off at South Shore Park, 2900 South Shore Drive, this year. Saturday from 9-12.

Help Milwaukee Recreation with cleaning up Hawthorn Glen Nature Center, and you'll receive a free admission coupon to the Milwaukee County Zoo, and a Milwaukee Parks Waterslide/Pool. That is Saturday 9-12.

Weedouts also continue this weekend with an event at Doctors Park.  For a downloadable schedule of parks conducting weed outs, go to the Park people Website. 

Havenwoods State Forest will conduct a cleanup April 22 with Riverkeeper from 9-12. Participants may receive gift certificates from local businesses. 
Whitefish Bay will hold their annual Green Day in the Bay on May 6 from 9-12 at Cahill Park.  Recyclables, to include used electronics, will be collected at Dominican High School.

Greenfield holds their Clean up Day May 13. Meet from 9-10:30 at Konkel Park.
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