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College of Menominee Nation’s Earth Week Celebration April 17-21, 2017


A week-long celebration in honor of Earth Day will begin on Monday, April 17, at the College of Menominee Nation Keshena and Green Bay/Oneida campuses with campus cleanups, and end on Friday, April 21, with a free community event in Keshena. The theme for the week is Our Community, Our World, Our Future: Environmental and Climate Literacy in Action. The activities taking place will all share this theme and build increased capacity for civic engagement within the CMN, Menominee, and surrounding communities to address issues of sustainability.


A variety of activities will take place each day to bring increased awareness of the history of Earth Day and the idea of community organizing. The daily events include Menominee 4-H event, community organizing training, UW-Extension gardening workshops, farmers’ market, and a small film festival.


On Monday, April 17, students and staff at both Keshena and Green Bay/Oneida campuses are encouraged to participate in a clean up to restore the campus lands to their natural beauty.


A group from College of Menominee Nation will travel to Madison for the Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference on Tuesday. The Sustainable Development Institute received scholarships from the conference organizers to send interested students and staff. The Menominee 4-H club will hold an Earth Day themed event Tuesday night.


On Wednesday and Thursday, CMN faculty member Dr. Dennis Vickers and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Greg Gauthier will present about the history of Earth Day and regional climate change issues on both campuses. Rebecca Edler, Sustainability Education Coordinator, will be presenting the results of the 2015-2016 campus greenhouse gas emissions report and recycling program updates. In the evening on both days there will be Wellstone training sessions provided by CMN administrators Chad Waukechon and Brian Kowalkowski on community organizing. Jennifer Gauthier, UW-Extension, will hold a gardening workshop on the Keshena campus.


A small film festival on Friday will feature local stories, fiction as well as non-fiction. The featured films were produced by local youth as part of the Sustainability Leadership Cohort and other community organizations. The Learning Path ECOthon, informational tables, and presentations will provide hands-on activity stations for children as well as adults. The ECOthon will introduce phenology and tree identification to participants as they walk along the learning path.


The S. Verna Fowler Academic Library will be showing a movie; Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. All participants will be receiving a passport which they can use to collect a minimum number of stamps by visiting stations throughout the campus. Those who complete their passport are eligible to receive a prize.


The community is invited to attend a finale celebration in the evening of Friday, April 21, at the Keshena campus including a session of the Back Forty Mine Educational Forum’s Speaking Tour from 6-8 p.m., with a special awards ceremony following. See the Friday schedule | Information about the Pre-Contact Cooking Contest


If you are interested in setting up an informational or vendor table at the Friday celebration, please contact Rebecca Edler at (715)799-6226, ext. 3043, or by e-mail