Copper Country Events Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Below is a list of 50 Years of Earth Day 2020 activities in the Copper Country:

April 21st – May 10th Any time

Self-guided walk at Keweenaw Land Trust’s Paavola Wetlands featuring Houghton Elementary 4th Grade Earth Day Art Flags or enjoy a virtual hike: (5 min.). To visit Paavola Wetlands:

April 21st & beyond 

View Planet of the Humans (90 min.)  

The film takes a harsh look at how the environmental movement has lost the battle through well-meaning but disastrous choices, including the belief that solar panels & windmills would save us, and giving in to corporate interests.

April 21st – June 20 

Stewardship Network Spring Invasive Plant Removal Challenge – pull invasive species from your yard, natural area, anywhere!  Submit location, number of people, and weight of invasive plants removed:  

Wed. April 22 @ 7-8 pm 

Keweenaw Land Trust’s 50th Anniversary Earth Day Concert on Facebook Live with Marquette musicians & environmentalists John Gillette & Sarah Mittlefehldt.  All donations will be matched 1:1 to raise funds to complete acquisition of Lake Glazon Natural Area in Keweenaw County.

Join us in out living room as we play songs and take a peek around our eco-friendly house as the sun sets. Then do you part to help out the Keweenaw Land trust.

Posted by John Gillette & Sarah Mittlefehldt on Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 22 – May 20

Great Lakes Bioblitz in your Backyard  

Community members, families, and students across the Great Lakes states and Ontario are invited to participate in finding and identifying as many wild, living things as possible in a specific area (backyards and other outdoor spaces) during the next month.

Thurs. April 23 @ 6-7 pm

UP’s Energy Future with Jenn Hill, Marquette City Commissioner and UP Energy Task Force member and Elise Matz, Michigan Utility Consumer Participation Board. Have you wondered why UP energy costs are so high? How can we secure our energy future and join the renewable energy transition? Sponsored by the Friends of the Land of the Keweenaw (FOLK).   

Meeting ID: 882 5715 7452. Password: 967297

Thurs. April 23 @ 7 pm

Native Plant Symposium Part 1:  Brent Hanson, co-owner of Hanson’s Garden Village, in Rhinelander, WI will present “Singing in the Rain—N. WI & U.P. Rain Gardens.” Carol Maass of Friends of the Porkies, in Ontonagon, will present: “Pollinator Garden as a Service-Learning Project.”

Saturday, April 25th @ 6-8 pm, 

UPEC 2020 Celebrate the U.P.  

Presentations available later at 

Speakers include Monica Lewis-Patrick, We The People of Detroit; Dr. Sarah Green, International Climate Action; Dr. Angie Carter, Western UP Food Systems Council, and more. The event will wrap up with short videos on how some have turned the stay-at-home order into a positive experience.

April 28 @ 7-8 pm 

What Happens to Houghton County Recyclables?” with Alan Albee, President, and Randy Salmich, VP Operations, Eagle Waste & Recycling, Eagle River WI, and sponsored by Copper Country Recycling Initiative.   Link: 

April 30 @ 7 pm

Native Plant Symposium Part 2: Sue Trull, botanist for the Ottawa Nat. Forest, will present “Monarchs & Milkweeds—All Hands-on Deck,” and “Using Native Plants to Support Pollinators” by Jackie Manchester-Kempke, an extension master gardener in Houghton.

June 27  – stay tuned

MTU’s Sustainability House Waste Reduction Drive rescheduled. Keep collecting Styrofoam containers, plastic bottle caps, batteries and foil lined granola and energy bar wrappers.

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