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College of Menominee Nation Celebrates Earth Day April 26

 

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) will be celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 26, 2019. The day’s events are centered on the theme “Netāēnawemākanak: All Our Relatives” and will explore how each of us can be a better relative to the plants and animals with whom we share this planet.

 

From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., community members and local school groups can participate in the Earth Day Activity Trail on the Keshena campus, N172 State Hwy. 47/55. The trail begins by the Menominee Water Tower and goes throughout the CMN campus with interactive and informational stops along the way. Visitors will explore greenhouses, soil health, and composting near the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI); create a mural out of recycled bottle caps with the Library; hear about invasive species and plant phenology while walking the Learning Path, and learn about forest conservation, animal species, and so much more in the Cultural Learning Center. Along the Earth Day Activity trail, participants can collect Earth Day trading cards featuring some of our non-human relatives.

 

The evening's events will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Cultural Learning Center with the Wild Rice Cooking Contest and Community Feast. The College’s Department of Continuing Education and UW-Extension will provide one cup of wild rice to participants registered by April 19 while supplies last. Judging of the wild rice-centered dishes and the accompanying community feast will begin at 5 p.m. For contest rules and to register, contact Brian Kowalkowski at bkowalkowski@menominee.edu or 715-799-6226, ext. 3007.

 

Immediately following the Wild Rice Cooking Contest will be a panel discussion with local environmental authorities from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The panel is titled, “Being a Good Relative: Exploring Our Impacts on the Non-Human World.” This discussion, facilitated by CMN student Jasmine Neosh, will examine the positive and negative impacts humans have on the ecological communities of which we are a part.

 

CMN observes Earth Day every spring. These celebrations highlight CMN’s commitment to sustainability and community engagement.