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We have some exciting ecotastic presentations, displays and fun lined up for our Earth Week Plus Northern Michigan Expo.

Please save the date! In honor of Earth Day Our Free Earth Week Plus Expo at Cheboygan High School will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. This year we will have Expo presentations from the Wings  of Wonder.  We will also have a creepy crawly presentation of Transfomers – A Bugs Life – about macro-invertebrates who live in our lakes and streams. More coming soon. Visit our Expo Presentations Gallery – click here –  for more information and for the Earth Week Expo schedule please visit our Expo Schedule Page – click here.

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Celebrate Earth Day 2017 with Earth Week Plus

Planning is underway for the Earth Week Plus Expo and Adventures.  The volunteers that help organize these free earth day celebrations, expo and adventures are extra excited this year since our Free Earth Week Plus Expo is actually going to be on Earth Day this year! Please check back as we start adding the 2017 Earth Day Schedule of Events. ~ AND Please follow us on Facebook where we also share our events. Like us on facebook through our facebook widget in the footer below or by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/earthweekplus/

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Free Family Friendly Earth Day Events
Earth Week Plus Expo and Adventures

Each year in April each year the Earth Week Plus non-profit organization (EWP) holds a free expo for all ages and a great line up of free adventures to help increase education and awareness about environmental issues. EWP celebrates the Earth and its creatures, with assemblies, interactive displays, workshops and exhibits for all ages. The ‘PLUS’ is that the adventures are presented all month in April and May at various adventure locations around Cheboygan County and the Great Up North!

This year we were interviewed by Big Country Hits Radio 102.9 and would like to share the interview with all of you. Our EWP Chairman, Judi Chimner talks about the 2 live animal presentations that will be at the expo, all the great workshops, interactive displays and the adventures in April and May. You can also visit our Expo Page or Adventures Page for more information or click here to visit a page where you can view or download our Expo and Adventure Guide.

Kicking off the 2016 Earth Week Plus with our 1st Adventure – Dr. Larry Dyer at Cheboygan Library

Our gardens are microcosms of the intricate web of life. Dr. Larry Dyer  will be looking at all of the plants, insect and other players in our gardens from an ecological perspective to design beautiful, productive and resilient gardens.  Dr. Larry Dyer, PH.D, is an Agricultural Ecology Consultant. This great event is sponsored by North Central Michigan College Corporate and Community Education. The 2016 talk will be Tuesday, April 19th at 10:30am at the Cheboygan Library.

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Here is the fun organic gardening link the Earth Week Plus crew found on Mother Earth News – read more click here.

 

 

 

 

Visiting the Cheboygan Area Public Library soon? Watch for the Earth Week Plus Display Case! We can’t wait to see you at the Free Earth Week Plus Expo celebrating our planet and its creatures! Click here for schedule. (more…)

The “Sunrise Coast Birding Trail Dedication” by Steve Baker is Saturday, May 2:  1pm-3 pm (not Sunday)

us 23 bird trail sign - imageHistoric Mill Creek State Park Co-sponsored by Sunrise Coast Birding Trail. Join the celebration of the newest Birding Trail in Michigan, running along the Lake Huron coast from Saginaw Bay to Mackinaw City. Attendees have a chance to climb the treetop tower and search for migrating hawks, eagles and vultures.

Please note this event was originally noted as taking place on a Sunday, May 2 is on a Saturday!  Thank you for helping us spread the word! WE apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Read more and see some great photos about the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail on the US 23 Heritage website click here.

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These very nice walkings ticks go to the three people who attend the highest number of events, counting the Expo as one event.

New for 2015 we are starting a contest for the top 3 people who attend the most Earth Week Plus Events. How can you win? Keep track of the Earth Week Plus events you attend in April and May and you may win one of three wonderful walking sticks.

The award is a gift of a hand-carved walking stick with rawhide handle to three dedicated EarthWeekPlus plus event atendees. You will earn the EarthWeekPlus Champion Attendance Award and this wonderful gift. Please track your attendance and bring your tally sheet to the May 30 Adventure at Gordon Turner Park, the May 31 Adventure on Lancaster Lake, email kathynaturelover@gmail.com or call 231-627-4830 with your information.

bring bags - imageThe County of Cheboygan and the City of Cheboygan are urging everyone to switch from single-use plastic grocery bags to re-usable bags.  At Earth Week Plus we have been supporting this idea for a long time with our own make your own bags program.

BRING IT CHEBOYGAN!

Written by Karen Martin
Last year due to the year-long efforts of David and Karen Martin, both the City Council of Cheboygan and the Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution encouraging businesses and citizens to reduce plastic shopping bags. This approach is similar to St. Augustine, Florida’s all-voluntary approach. These two local resolutions make CHEBOYGAN FIRST IN MICHIGAN TO REDUCE PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS!

The BRING IT CHEBOYGAN campaign continued with the beautiful paid ad in March published in the Cheboygan Shopper’s Fair. At the Expo, visit the BRING IT CHEBOYGAN table for a brochure full of facts, photos, and the chance to have an old (or new) tee shirt sewn into a handy tee-tote (bring your own shirt). Plastic Man will be on hand to answer any questions.

Family Fare has put signs out reminding shoppers to remember their reusable bags. They are donating 7,000 reusable Spartan bags to shoppers who prefer to use reusable bags, which some say last 10 years!!

So come on Cheboygan, let’s clean up our town, protect the environment, and save the animals who suffer from these bags at all stages of bag-life. Remember BRING IT CHEBOYGAN!!

For more information please contact David Martin 231-268-9935

 

Karen Martin, of Straits Area Citizens for Peace, the Environment, and Justice,  is once again giving away tree seedling at our Earth Week Plus Expo.  For 2015 she is giving White Pine seedlings on a first come first serve basis.

 

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“I planted a sapling that was 2 1/2 – 3 feet back around 1985-87. Around 30 years ago. In the photos you see me standing by it holding a YARD stick representing height it was at planting time. The roof line of the house is about 20 feet, thus this tree has grown to about 35 feet, and it grew out as well as up.” Sincerely, Mary Martin.

 

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For the tree seediling give away, at the Earth Week Plus Expo, the White Pine Seedling’s will be about 12″ tall.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer
1886-1918

Here is a link to tending and caring for White Pine Conifers from a DNR supported Forest Management website – click here

Here is a link the Michigan DNR Forest Web Page. Click here.

geocache - imagesWe have some eco-tastic environmentally friendly green works shops planned for The Earth Week Plus expo.

Click here to see the workshop details and expo schedule page.