Mark Saturday, April 22 from 3:30pm-8pm on your calendars!
Earth Day Fernie celebrations are back and with this amazing day comes an awesome line-up of environmental and conservation activities for all ages! Join us at the Fernie Community Centre as we share earth friendly ideas and create fun crafts and more to take home.
Piles of fun heading your way….
Kick off your day with the “Trash Bash Challenge”. Find an outdoor area that you love and take initiative to clean up your neighbourhood. Grab your friends and family and get outside to make a difference. Take a photo and post it to the Earth Day Fernie Facebook page, www.facebook.com/earthdayfernie with hashtag #TrashBashChallenge. With your post, include how many bags, how many people and how much time you spend cleaning up your neighbourhood. Prizes will be awarded for participation.
Grab your camera or cell phone and become part of the ‘Get Wild Challenge’. Get outside, take some deep breaths, see the beauty and take some photos. Share your great photo-ops on www.facebook.com/earthdayfernie hashtag #GetWild Challenge. Let us know why you love spending time in nature on Earth Day. Tell us how much time you spent outside and what you did. At the end of the day, visit our Facebook page to discover what others have done! You might get some great ideas – it’s all good clean FUN! Prizes will be awarded for participating in the Get Wild Challenge.
EAT LOCAL CHALLENGE
Gather, Forage &/or Prepare a glimpse of what’s left from your 2015 Harvest. Create a beautiful offering…in a basket, a meal, a glass jar, or otherwise to showcase how you extend the bounty of your harvest into the next growing season. Enter with LOCAL home grown produce or sourced in BC or AB within 200KM.
Get ready to garden with the EcoGarden’s Seed Swap. Bring your own locally grown seeds to swap or bring money to donate for seeds that you take home. The Seed Swap will offer information about Seeds of Diversity, a resource of locally grown seeds and local growing information. 4-6pm at the festivities.
RECYCLING SORTING CHALLENGE
Think you are good with with your throwing arm? See how quickly you can separate and sort your paper from your plastics in this fun and interactive sorting challenge. Think of it as a bean bag toss with tin cans….
Cardboard, bubble wrap, mesh, paper, plastic, wood, sticks, felts, glue and so much more! Whatever artful creation your mind can think of we have the supplies to create it! Let your imagination go wild at the Makers Station where you can make art from hidden treasures! Upcycle a plethora of discarded items to design and build your own one-of-a-kind recycled sculpture.
APPLE CAPTURE / TOOL SHARE
Did you know that Wildsight Elk Valley has a Tool Library (by donation) that allows you to pick, process and even dehydrate the fruit from your apple trees? Or that the Tool Library also has dishes, recycling bins and other goodies that you can check out and use for your next event? For a complete list of available tools and how to access them please visit the Tool Share page. As you know, the East Kootenay’s are home to many fruit trees. When the fruit is left to fall off the trees and rot, it attracts local wildlife—including deer and bears. Wildsight’s Apple Capture is here to help you keep up with your fruit harvest or to share it with someone who can. Together, we can turn a wildlife attractant into healthy local food. Learn about both of these great initiatives on Earth Day at the Fernie Community Centre!
TRASHY BUT FLASHY FASHION SHOW
The always anticipated Trashy but Flashy Fashion show only happens if Earth Day falls on a Saturday and luckily for us, this year it does! This is your chance to combine creativity with construction and show the enthusiastic judges and audiences your best fusion of trash and flash! Registration forms are available online and at various locations in Fernie but here is your notice to start thinking and collecting your materials. Your stunning outfit must be upcycled from recyclable items or plain old garbage. Of course whatever you use to get it to stay together is up to you and can be glue, thread, tea bag strings, used duct tape, the tuct tape holding the typar on my house, you name it….So challenge your neighbour, your fellow business people, your pastor, pet sitter and whomever you come across to the Trashy but Flashy challenge. Bragging rights and cash prizes are ready to be bestowed!
Fernie is home to some pretty amazing people and businesses who go out of their way to help the environment. Now is the time to nominate them and make sure they get the recognition they deserve! Categories include: greenest classroom, greenest family, greenest coffee shop, greenest restaurant, greenest initiative, greenest shopper (that person who NEVER forgets their bags!) and greenest business. SO get thinking, get an application and get nominating! Deadline for nomination is April 15 with awards presented at Earth Day Fernie right before the stunning Trashy but Flashy Fashion Show.
WILDSIGHT INFO TABLE
Curious about what happens at Wildsight Elk Valley? Find out about upcoming Wild Nature Workshops, purchase a lifetime membership for a mere $20, find out what is happening for kids at the Community EcoGarden, learn about the Kootenay Cooperative Carshare program, grab a sticker or two or find out about volunteer opportunities. So many amazing environmental initiatives are happening in the Elk Valley and now is the perfect time to get involved!
Earth Day 2017 fun is not limited to what is listed above so keep your eyes open for a full listing of activities! For more info about these or any other Wildsight activities please contact Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (250) 423-3322.