Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Week events in metro Detroit

Follow over the jump for Earth Week/Earth Day events that are being held from Monday through Sunday in Metro Detroit, including some that I'll allow my students to use for extra credit field trips.  Sources include Michigan DEQ, Northville Patch, Oakland County Moms and the Michigan Green Team, both from their website and their Facebook page.

Monday, April 22nd

Auburn Hills, Michigan Earth Day Event: Earth Day Jump N Art Camp
Monday, April 22, 2013 from 5:30p-7:30p
Pump It Up Auburn Hills (1720 Opdyke Court Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326, 248-375-1100)
Kids spend part of their time laughing, bouncing and playing games and part of their time exploring their inner Rembrandts. They'll also have lunch, snacks and experience other awesome activities. This camp promises to be a blast. All Pump It Up art projects will have an Earth Day theme. The camp is targetted for 4 - 12 year olds. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Call to register your child today.
Too young for my students.

Farmington Hills, Michigan Earth Day or Green Living Event: Earth Day Celebration and Nature Discovery Trail Grand Opening
Monday, April 22, 2013 from 5p-7p
Heritage Park (24725 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI)
At 5:15 p.m., the Nature Center will be presented with a theater sound system and a flat screen TV from Panasonic, and at 5:45 p.m. there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Nature Trail.  City Council members and other local officials will be in attendance at this special event designed to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors. Nature Center staff will partner with Peace, Love, and Planet to offer activities including archeological digs, rock painting, face painting, marshmallows roasted over the campfire, and more.  The Commission for Energy and Environmental Sustainability will host exhibitors with displays about saving energy, reducing your impact on the environment, and saving money through energy rebates from DTE Energy and Consumers Energy. Participants can enter to win a free Home Energy Audit from Ecotelligent Homes of Farmington Hills. Dinner from Johnny Pomodoro’s, offered for $5. Call 248-477-1135 for more information.
This is approved for my students.

Monday, April 22nd through April 27th

SOCRRA Recycling Center
995 Coolidge Hwy.
Troy, Michigan 48084
SOCRRA is celebrating Earth Day with a weeklong celebration by offering tours of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Tours last about 30 minutes and consist of recycling displays in the Education Center and a walk through the MRF to see how recyclables are sorted and baled. For more information and to schedule a tour, please call 248-288-5150, and ask for Karen Bever.
Tours run at 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 11:00 AM on Saturday and are approved for my students.

Friday, April 26th

Rochester Hills, Michigan Earth Day or Green Living Event: Arbor Day Commemorative Tree Planting
Friday, April 26, 2013 from 4p-5p
Bloomer Park (345 John R. Road, Rochester Hills, MI)
The Forestry Division conducts an annual tree-planting ceremony with the Mayor presiding and often a local scouting or youth group in attendance. Different sites are selected each year for the Arbor Day tree; Borden, Spencer, and Avondale Parks, and City Hall grounds have all been chosen in the past.
I'm not sure about this one, as I have doubts about the educational value.  My students would be better off going to the Earth Fest in Rochester proper.  Speaking of which...

Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th

Michigan Earth Day Fest
Third & Water Streets
Rochester, Michigan
4-8 p.m. April 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28
The MI Green team will host the MI Earth Day Fest on Third & Water Streets with more than 150 exhibits and free entertainment for all ages. Admission and parking are free.
The MI Green Team have a lot more information at their page for the event, including their blurb promoting the festival.
The MI Earth Day Fest is one of the largest Earth Day gatherings on the planet. This high-profile community event celebrates the efforts of local businesses and community organizations to Make Every Day Earth Day.
They also embedded the following video.

Of course, this is definitely recommended for my students.

Saturday, April 27th

Novi, Michigan Earth Day or Green Living Event: Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10a-noon
Lake Shore Park (601 South Lake Drive, Novi, Michigan)
The annual Arbor Day celebration is an opportunity to give back to your community and the environment by volunteering to plant and mulch trees. Equipment and gloves will be provided. Extra shovels are welcome. Snacks and beverages will be
provided. For more information, call 248-347-0400.
Students would have to participate in the tree planting and submit proof for credit.

Household Electronics Recycling
9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27
Parking lot of Chrysler Trenton Engine Complex, 2300 Van Horn Road, Trenton
Chrysler Trenton Engine Complex will host the third annual Household Electronics Recycling event for households, not businesses.  For more information, call 313-423-4552 or email
This is on the other side of Wayne County.  If any of you live near Trenton and have e-waste to recycle, I encourage you to do so.  As for my students, I have my doubts about the educational value of this.  They'd be better off taking the guided tour of SOCCRA.

And that's it for Earth Week in metro Detroit.  Happy Earth Day!

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