Earth Day is here and while it is of the utmost importance to be conscious of the environment every day (truly everyone could be doing a better job of this, myself included), Metro Detroit is full of energy saving, recycling and waste reduction this week.
Most of us will do our best to recycle our plastic bottles, turn the light switch off when walking out of a room and turn the faucet off when it is not in use. However, we should all be asking ourselves what more we can do to protect our beautiful planet, and luckily there are several events/festivals this week celebrating our Earth and ways to sustain it!
Earth Day 2014 Celebration at SOCRRA in Troy started yesterday and goes until Saturday, April 26. It is only open one hour per day: Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until noon, but it is definitely worth checking out. This event features fun activities educating participants on ways to be green, art projects made from recycled materials on display and a tour of the recycling center!
Earth Day Celebration at the Farmington Hills Nature Center starts today at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. It is free and full of fun and education! Guided excursions, including “Invasive Species Removal” and “Animals of Heritage” are sure to teach us about wildlife around the area. Rock painting, face painting and making your own potted plant are other fun activities taking place. A home composting demonstration will also take place. Starting at 7 p.m. the “Earth Day Afterglow” party starts for the 21 and older crowd with organic appetizers and a cash bar selling local beers. It costs $15.
Earth Day Celebration at the Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor is today from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This event gives you the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day by meeting and learning about the animals at the Creature Conservancy. Hear the stories of how some animals have battled back from the edge of extinction and some of the challenges faced in the wild. Some of the animals set to make an appearance are: two-toed sloth, Parma wallaby and the vividly colored macaws! This event is $10 per person and you may also bring a food donation for the animals.
Michigan Earth Day Fest begins on Friday, April 25 and goes until Sunday, April 27 in Rochester. It is the biggest Earth Day celebration in Michigan and also one of the liveliest in the whole nation. The festival strives to promote going green every day. This free event offers a variety of activities and attractions. Dozens of green and wellness products will be available for purchase, as well as organic food and drinks from local farms. Presentations, exhibits and programs are all over the festival, so you can learn a thing or two. Don’t forget about the dancing, music and giveaways!
Ann Arbor Area Earth Day is on Sunday, April 27 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Leslie Science and Nature Center. This is a free, annual event put together by the Environmental Education Network of Washtenaw. This year marks the 43rd anniversary and once again celebrates the Earth through education, entertainment and exploration! Check out the entertainment schedule to see what all is going on. Local nonprofit and clean energy exhibitors will also be there providing tips and suggestions for energy saving.
Be Green, Metro Detroit!