Organizations around Monona are hosting events all week to celebrate Earth Day, which started right here in Wisconsin. Back in 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson started Earth Day as a day of environmental education for people across the country. 50 years later, we’re continuing to build on Senator Nelson’s legacy with a whole week of fun, educational and environmentally friendly events for the community. This page serves as a comprehensive list of the events organized in and around Monona for Earth Week.
Do you have old electronics and Styrofoam products that you don’t know how to dispose of properly? Bring them to our Spring Clean event and we’ll make sure that they’re recycled responsibly. While you’re there, you can grab some food from the food cart, learn more about where to take other difficult to recycle items and pick up some free mulch for your garden! The City’s Sustainability Committee is partnering with Resource Solutions and Reynolds Urethane Recycling for this event.
Build with LEGO bricks, KEVA Planks, Magnatiles, Cardboard construction, and more. The program will begin with particpants looking at books that are on display until everyone arrives for the program. The program will include a series of challenges and will end with free play time.
Monday, April 20th 3:00-4:00pm
Eco-Challenge Mini Expo
April 21st or 22nd, 5:30-7:30pm
S.T.E.A.M Saturday: Cloud in a Cup
Fun Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math tailored activities for children, K-5th grade. April showers bring science activities to the Monona Library. This month we will learn about clouds and precipitation. We eill experiment with making clouds in a cup. Children younger than 8 years old must have an adult present in the room with them. Free Drop-in event!
Join the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Nature Net at the Overture Center’s Kids in the Rotunda Earth Day Fair where you can explore Wisconsin wildlife and make your very own prairie seed packets to help restore this essential native ecosystem in your own backyard.
Join Henry Vilas Zoo’s Party for the Planet to celebrate and learn more about conservation and sustainability. Through games and activities, exhibits and displays learn more about our planet and what you can do to protect it. Visit the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s booth to make your very own prairie seed packet to take home, helping to restore this vital, native ecosystem.
Hike and explore the Center’s award-winning interpretive prairie, pond and woodland trails. Stop inside to find information about Scavenger Hunts, Nature BINGO, Digital Docent: Climate Change Impacts walking tour, Family Trailside Backpack Program, or to explore the indoor Nature Nooks from 10 am to 2 pm.
The County Executive, Joe Parisi, will share updates on Dane County’s work to date to clean up our lakes and to inform you of the County’s plan that is being unveiled during this 50th Anniversary of Earth Day – the Dane County Climate Action Plan.