Saturday is Earth Day 2017. Here in the Baraboo hills, there are a few activities you might want to check out this weekend including a Family Frog Safari on Saturday at the park and the annual Sauk County Earth Day Celebration which will be held on Sunday in the village of Rock Springs.
Mirror Lake State Park
Work*Play*Earth Day – Friday, April 21 from 9 am – 12 pm. Volunteers are needed at Mirror Lake State Park to help plant trees, clean up campsites and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work boots, long pants and gloves. Please bring your own rakes, shovels and gloves if available. Questions? Call the park at Phone: 608-254-2333.
Devil’s Lake State Park
Go on A Frog Safari – Saturday, April 22 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot.
If you are a frog fanatic, you will want to join us for this nocturnal trip to the park’s kettle ponds. We’ll listen for spring peepers, wood frogs, and chorus frogs. We’ll also explore what other night sounds we can hear as we hike the Johnson Moraine Trail. Bring your flashlight as we’ll be hiking right around dusk.
Contact Sue Johansen, Park Naturalist
(608) 356-8301 Ext. 140
Sauk County Earth Day
Sunday, April 23 10 am – 3pm at the Rock Springs Community Center. There are a variety of free events and activities at this year’s Sauk County Earth Day including; Bats & Beverages Hike with Devil’s Lake Naturalist, Sue Johansen, an Ableman’s Gorge SNA hike with retired naturalist Ken Lange and a Ableman’s Gorge Photography Hike with me, Derrick Mayoleth, at 11:30pm. Indoors there will be speakers, activities and educational displays. For a complete list of events click here.
What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is an annual event held to show support for environmental protection which is celebrated on April 22nd each year. The first earth day was celebrated in 1970. **
My Earth Day Soap Box
In 2017 when we struggle to get kids and adults outdoors at all Earth Day is more important than ever, but what we do with it might need an upgrade. Sometimes I think we’re now spending too much time on selling products and pushing politics under the label of “protection” when we should be spending more time on simple “appreciation”. If folks don’t appreciate our natural world they will be less inclined to buy “green” products or vote for environmental protections and there’s little value in preaching to the choir… If it were up to me, “Earth Day” would simply be about getting people outside and helping them reconnect with nature. With connection comes appreciation. With appreciation comes the urge to protect. We were all there once…
Have a great weekend!