Kay Chase, 269-387-5237 or 269-388-3777,
Tom Small, 269-381-4946, firstname.lastname@example.org
KALAMAZOO EARTH DAYS 2006
“Rooted in Kalamazoo---Connected to All”
Day of Community Action, Saturday, April 22
Day of Learning and Celebration, Saturday,
One of the things that has taken ROOT in the Kalamazoo area - and throughout the Midwest
- is an invasive plant species known as
“garlic mustard”. Early settlers brought the plant with them from Europe to provide an early spring “green” to
their meals after the long winter. Unfortunately, in the last decade or
plant has been aggressively invading wetlands and woods where it
threatens the native spring wildflowers that we look forward to each
Seeking to CONNECT with one another and with
the earth that nurtures us,
three different groups will spend the morning removing this “invader”
natural areas within our community. Folks are invited to join their
neighbors in one of these “special places”:
Center, 10 am. Contact: Kara Haas
Preserve, 9 am. Meet at the Kazoo School
on Cherry Street
this first project of the Southwest Corner Cluster of the Stewardship
Contact: Nate Fuller, 269-324-1600.
Nature Preserve on South
Westnedge in Portage,
10 am. This is a project of the Portage City Environmental Board.
At noon, the Kalamazoo Nature
Center will have a
session on learning how to use garlic mustard to make a spicy pesto or
delicious fresh salad. Folks will have an opportunity to sample one of
tasty recipes from a new cookbook Garlic
Mustard - From Pest to Pesto - A
Guide. The cookbook features garlic mustard recipes from some of
finest chefs who have joined KNC in increasing awareness of this
Some of those tasty dishes may turn up later
day at the Earth Day Potluck and Country Dance which will take place at
SmartShop Metalworking School, 516 E. North Street. People are
asked to bring a dish
to pass, with or without garlic mustard, and their own table service.
trade coffee and tea will be provided. The Brookfarm String Band will
the music and Pam Rups will call the steps.
Other activities taking place on April 22
Society of Kalamazoo workday at Mildred Harris Sanctuary, SW Corner F
8th St., 9 am. Contact: Joyce Leppard, 269-664-4432.
Natural Landscapers, Axtell Creek Restoration Project, 9:30 am.
Free Lawn Soil
Testing, 9am-1pm at area garden centers. Contact: Melanie Szewczyk,
“Animals Among Us: Discovering Wildlife in Kalamazoo” by local videographer
2 pm. Contact: Matthew Clysdale, 269-349-2344.
On May 20, Earth Days 2006 will culminate
“Day of Learning and Celebration” in Bronson Park.
The day will
feature information, displays, vendors, music, theater, and activities
Details on these activities and many other
Day-themed events during April and May may be found on the website www.kzooearthday.org