Wednesday, April 22, 2009

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Week in Ann Arbor

Celebrate Earth Week in Ann Arbor MI by taking advantage of numerous activities and events. Earth Week raises awareness and appreciation for earth’s environment, and is celebrated around the world this week.

Thursday, April 23
River Kids at Gallup Park
10-11:30 a.m.
Gallup Park Canoe Livery
3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor
734-794-6240

Explore the river world by paddling a kayak, canoe or paddle boat on Gallup Pond. Children will experience the thrill of catching fish off the docks and discovering river critters with stories, art and play at this weekly event. Fee. Register online at www.a2gov.org/parks or by calling 734-794-6240.

Thursday, April 23
Spring Unfolding Ride- Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society
Meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery
3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor
734-971-5763 or 734-663-5060
10 a.m.

Enjoy this beginner-friendly, slow-paced ride around Ann Arbor neighborhoods to explore the delights of local gardens, parks, and cafes. This weekly event rides 10-15 miles.

Friday, April 24
Tiny Tots at Leslie Science & Nature Center
1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
734-997-1075
9:30-11 a.m.

Youngsters learn about amphibians through hikes, songs, stories, puppets, games and crafts. $7 per child, age 1 to 3 with an adult.

Friday, April 24
Friday Night Family Golf Free For All
Huron Hills Golf Course
3465 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
4-8 p.m.

Enjoy a beautiful afternoon outdoors at this family golf event, where an adult and child under 14 can play golf for free after 4 p.m. For more info, visit www.a2golf.org or call 734-794-6246.

Saturday, April 25
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
315 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor
734-794-6255 or www.a2gov.org/market
8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Shop for locally grown produce at this popular Saturday farmer’s market.

Saturday, April 25
Ann Arbor Farmers Market- Compost Giveaway
315 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor
734-794-6255 or www.a2gov.org/market
9 a.m.

The City of Ann Arbor composting program will be at the market to talk about their program and give away free. They will be available to answer your composting questions and give you samples of their own compost starting at 9 a.m., and will stay as long as their supplies last.

Saturday, April 25
Ann Arbor Farmers Market- Market Walk with Market Manager
315 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor
734-794-6255 or www.a2gov.org/market
9-11 a.m.

Stroll through the farmer’s market with Market Manger Molly Notarianni. Meet under the clocktower in Kerrytown for a tour of the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Take a peek into the market’s long history, meet some vendors who will share their stories and experiences with you, and sample delicious market treats. A delightful way to explore behind the scenes at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in Kerrytown!

Saturday, April 25
Volunteer Stewardship Workday- Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
734-996-3266

Help city parks natural area preservation staff maintain the natural areas in various city parks and enjoy a short nature walk led by a staff person at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Sunday, April 26
Earth Day Festival 2009 at Leslie Science & Nature Center
12-4 p.m.
Leslie Science & Nature Center
1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
734-997-1075

Leslie Science & Nature Center will celebrate Earth Day with a free, family-friendly event featuring music and entertainment; hands-on activities; live animal demonstrations; a Clean Energy Expo; and displays from local environmental, non-profit, and governmental organizations. Stop by the registration table and pick up an orientation map and passport to guide you through the Earth Day activities. At 2:30 p.m., an All Species Parade will wind through the festival with costumed individuals representing diverse animals and plants. Food available for purchase. For more information, including an event schedule and bike and bus routes to the festival, visit www.a2earthday.org.

Monday, April 27
Tyke Program: Spring, Sproing, Spring at Leslie Science & Nature Center
1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
734-997-1075
1-2:30 p.m.

Youngsters explore the wonders of all things that sprout, spring back, and are born during this beautiful time of year. Pre-registration required. Cost: $32. Details at www.lesliesnc.org or 734-997-1553.

Saturday, May 16
Adopt-A-Park Kick-Off
734-996-3266

Saturday, May 16
A2 Spring Blooms / Downtown Cleanup Day
734-794-6000 x 43112
9 a.m. – Noon

Volunteers help plant flowers downtown. Free t-shirt & pizza lunch. Meet at Liberty Plaza.

Friday, June 12
Mayor's Green Fair on Main Street
Downtown Ann Arbor
734) 794-6161
6-9 p.m.

Looking for more Ann Arbor events? Visit http://www.arborweb.com/eventbody.html
http://www.a2gov.org/government/publicservices/systems_planning/Pages/green.aspx

Image courtesy Flickr: Compton&Wright

Photo of Farmer’s Market: http://www.flickr.com/photos/comptonwright/48809672/

1 comment:

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