CMN to host Earth Day celebration

The College of Menominee Nation will celebrate Earth Day on April 26.

With events centered on the theme “Netāēnawemākanak: All Our Relatives,” participants 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 Highway 47-55. The trail begins by the Menominee water tower and goes throughout the campus with interactive and informational stops along the way.

Visitors will explore greenhouses, soil health and composting near the Sustainable Development Institute; create a mural out of recycled bottle caps; hear about invasive species and plant phenology; and learn about forest conservation and animal species in the Cultural Learning Center. Along the 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 University of Wisconsin-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 registration, contact Brian Kowalkowski at bkowalkowski@menominee.edu or 715-799-6226, ext. 3007.

A panel discussion on the impact that humans have on our ecological communities will follow the cooking contest. The college’s annual Earth Day celebration highlights CMN’s commitment to sustainability and community engagement.