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Earth Day 2000
Environmental Events In & Around Lawrence, Kansas

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Last updated April 12th, 2000

Prairie restoration seeding at Clinton Lake
Saturday, April 1st
Kelly Kindscher with the Kansas Biological Survey will lead volunteers in collecting and planting seeds in a prairie being restored near Eagle Bend Golf Course at Clinton Lake. The effort is being sponsored by Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence Parks & Rec and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's "Partners for Wildlife" program. No experience is necessary. Meet a 1pm east of Clinton Lake dam and dress for getting muddy.

What: Prairie restoration
When: 1pm at the Jayhawk Remote Control Model Airport east of Clinton Lake dam
Sponsored by: Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence Parks & Rec and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Presentation sponsored by Jayhawk Audubon Society
Thursday, April 13th
Dr. Craig Freeman, with the Kansas Biological Survey and Curator in charge of the K.U. Natural History Museum's herbarium, will talk about great plains wildflowers. Dr. Freeman has been involved with the Natural Heritage Inventory since 1987 and has been studying the flora of the Great Plains. His presentation will feature slides of wildflowers and general vegetation of the Southern Great Plains and discussion of how plant communities are used to understand the natural diversity of Kansas.
What: Wildflowers presentation
When: 6:00pm, dinner at Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts
Sponsored by: Jayhawk Audubon Society

Bike ride promoting KU Environmental Studies Student Association
Saturday, April 15th, 9am
Broken Arrow Park, Lawrence
This bike ride, sponsored by KU's Environmental Studies Student Association, will be held rain or shine. Registration is a 9am at Broken Arrow Park, and the ride starts at 10am. Participants can choose between a 10 mile or a 30 mile route. Sag service will be provided and lunch will be served. Registration is $10 before April 10th, $12 after, with checks payable to ESSA and sent to Chad Lamer, 2609 Moundview Drive, Lawrence, 66049. For further information, call 785-841-5188 or contact ""
What: Bike ride
When: 9am, Saturday, April 15th
Where: Broken Arrow Park, 31st & Louisiana, Lawrence
Sponsored by: KU Environmental Studies Student Association

Hazardous Waste Drop-off Program
Saturday, April 15th, 8am-Noon
Douglas County Public Works Yard, Lawrence
The first hazardous waste drop-off of the year will be on Saturday, April 15th at the Douglas County Public Works Yard, 711 E. 23rd, 8am-noon. It will continue to operate on the 3rd Saturday of each month through October. Call the city of Lawrence recycling program at 832-3030 for information regarding materials accepted.
What: Hazardous waste drop-off
When: 8am-noon, Saturday, April 15th, plus every third Saturday of the month through October
Where: Douglas County Public works Yard, 711 E. 23rd, Lawrence
Sponsored by: The city of Lawrence recycling program

Presentation on urban watershed protection & planning
Wednesday, April 19th, 7pm, Lawrence Public Library
The Wakarusa Chapter of the Sierra Club is sponsoring a talk by Paul Liechti, Assistant Director of the Kansas Biological Survey, on urban watershed protection and planning. He will discuss how jto avoid water quality problems while building on the community, using Baldwin Creek northwest of Lawrence as an example.
What:Presentation on urban watershed
When: 7pm, Wednesday, April 19th
Where: Lawrence Public Library, 7th & Vermont
Sponsored by: Wakarusa Chapter, Sierra Club

Sale, Backyard Compost Bins
Saturday, April 22nd, 8am-4pm
Wal-Mart, 3300 Iowa Street
The Lawrence city Waste Reduction & Recycling Division is sponsoring a special sale on 80 gallon compost bins. The bins, listed as an $80 value, will be sold for $35 while supplies last.
What: Compost bins
When:Saturday, April 22nd, 8am-4pm
Where: Wal-Mart
Sponsored by: Lawrence Waste Reductions & Recycling Division

Free State Walkers: March for Parks
Saturday, April 22nd, 9am-3pm
Campground, west side of Lone Star Lake (about 30 minutes south of Lawrence)
This Volkswalk is one of hundreds of walking events organized across the county. This one is to raise money to support the refurbishment of the Roosevelt fountain in Lawrence's South Park. Volkswalks are not competitive, so people just walk or jog at their own pace. A cloth patch is available to those who complete the 6.2 mile walk and pay $4. Contact Will Burriss, president, "" for details.

When Saturday, April 22nd, 9am-3pm
Where:Lone Star Lake
Admission: Free, but participants are encouraged to contribute at least a dollar
Sponsored by: Free State Walkers

Earth Friendly House Tour
Saturday, April 22nd, 9am-1pm

The Lawrence City Recycling and Resource Conservation Advisory Board is sponsoring an Earth Friendly House Tour in and around Lawrence. The tour includes passive solar and earth-bermed houses and innovative energy efficient construction techniques. For further information, contact Bruce Plenk, 785-749-3579.

What:Tour of energy efficient houses
When Saturday, April 22nd, 9am-1pm
Where:Various locations
Sponsored by: Lawrence City Recycling & Resource Conservation Advisory Board

17th Annual Clinton Lake Cleanup
Saturday, April 22nd, 9am-1pm
Clinton Lake, Overlook Park, Shelter #1

This annual event helps get the most heavily used areas off to a good, clean start for the summer. Volunteers need to go to the registration table where they will sign in and be assigned one of several areas in need of cleanup, and pick up their trash bags and Cleanup 2000 buttons. After the cleanup, there will be a grilled hot dog lunch which has been donated by area businesses. There will be several environmental education booths set up around Shelter #1 in the Overlook Park for people to visit, and Woodsy the "Anti-Pollution" Owl is expected to make an appearance. A prize will be given for the oddest piece of trash found in the "Weird Trash" contest. Wear good, sturdy shoes and gloves for safety reasons. For more information, contact Kipp Walters at the Clinton Lake Project Office (785) 843-7665.

What: Clinton Lake Cleanup
Who: Volunteers
When: Saturday, April 22nd, 9am-registration; 11:30-lunch.
Where: Clinton Lake, Overlook Park, Shelter #1

Environs Earth Day 2000 Celebration
Saturday, April 22nd, Noon-4pm
Watson Park (the train park), Lawrence

KU Environs will be hosting this year's Earth day 2000 at Watson Park (train park on 6th and Kentucky St.) from noon to 4. They will provide information tables, organizational tables, activities, wildlife, and an All Species Parade/March at 3 p.m. Contact KU Environs at 864-7325 for further information.

What:Info tables, activities, wildlife, All Species Parade
Who: KU Environs
When: Saturday, April 22nd, Noon-4pm
Where: Watson Park, 6th & Kentucky, Lawrence

WildCare Benefit Concert
Saturday, April 22nd, 7:30pm
Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence

Benefit Celtic concert for WildCare, this areas's wildlife rehabilitation center. Concert will feature the contemporary/traditional Celtic bands Forest Green and The Dirtytoes Duo. Click on "Olde Guard Productions" below for further information.

What: Benefit Celtic concert for WildCare Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Who: "Forest Green" and "The Dirtytoes Duo"
When: Saturday, April 22nd, 7:30pm
Where: Lawrence Arts Center, 9th & Vermont, Lawrence, Kansas
Admission: $5-$10 donation, with ALL door receipts going to WildCare
Sponsored by: Olde Guard Productions

Concert for Lawrence/El Papaturro Sister City Project
Saturday, April 22nd, 8pm
Lotus Restaurant, 811 Massachusetts, Lawrence

This concert is a benefit for the Lawrence/El Papaturro Sister City Project, with Issy Tait and Lynate Pettingill opening, then singer/songwriter Darryl Purpose, and closing with the jazzy/funky band "Space Pockets." (Webmaster's note: Although this is technically not an environment-related event, it is included here because it is hoped that the Sister City relationship will lead to a more sustainable and earth-friendly lifestyle for the poor people of El Salvador where, as with most Third World countries, environmental issues are nearly impossible to separate from social justice issues.)

What: Concert for Sister City Project
Who: Issy Tait, Lynate Pettingill, Darryl Purpose and "Space Pockets"
When: Saturday, April 22nd, 8pm
Where:Lotus Restaurant, 811 Massachusetts, Lawrence
Sponsored by:The Lawrence/El Papaturro Sister City Project

Annual Workshop: Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance
Thursday, April 27th
Manhattan, KS

The Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance, which is headquartered in Lawrence, is sponsoring its Annual Workshop on April 27th in Manhattan. It will feature a report from the Institute for Public Policy and Business Research on the results of their study on attitudes toward water quality in the Kansas River watershed. The study is also looking into what steps people are willing to do to improve water quality and what will motive them to actually implement those behavior changes. They'll also have a panel discussion among elected officials asking them to respond to the study. There will be a "Kaw Valley" lunch (from locally grown food) and a break-out session for participants to discuss the study results and make recommendations.

What: Workshop, water quality in Kansas
When: Thursday, April 27th
Where: Manhattan, Kansas
Sponsored by: Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance. Email ""

Kansas Area Watershed (KAW) Council Spring event at Camp Hammond
Weekend of April 28-30th

KAW Council's spring gathering will be the weekend of April 29th at Camp Hammond east of Topeka. Tentative events include the following presentations:
* "Preserving Green Space" (with Douglas County Commissioner Charles Jones, Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Rundle, and Ottawa City Commissioner Blaine Finch)
* "Tools for Saving the Past & Future" (with Bev Worster of the Douglas County Presevation Alliance and Laurie Ward Kansas Land Trust)
* "What Are We Fighting For: Kansas Road Battles" (with Anna Wilson of Wetland Preservation Alliance, Sara Dean and Mary Pruitt of Jefferson Task Force and Caryn Goldberg of Franklin & Douglas County Coalition of Concerned Citizens)
* "The Law and the Land: What to Know for Local Lands" (with attorneys Bob Plenk& Bob Eye & legal researcher Lori Learned)
What:KAW Council
Where: Camp Hammond
When: Weekend of April 28th-30th
Sponsored by:KAW Council: 841-7446, 842-4418 or 843-0253

Arbor Day 2000
6am to 5pm, Saturday, April 29th
Slough Creek Point area of Perry Lake.
About 20 organizations (ranging from Kansas Forest Service to Lamsas Department of Wildlife & Parks to Jefferson County Emergency Services, etc.) have joined forces to celebrate Arbor Day one week after Earth Day. A tentative schedule is:

6:00am - Come see them get Smokey Bear hot air balloon ready for flight
6:30am - First flight of Smokey Bear balloon. (For a chance to ride in the balloon, call Jefferson County Fire Fighter's Association at 785-863-2247.)
9:00am - Proclamation of Arbor Day for Jefferson County and Millennium Oak Grove tree planting
9:30am - Fire safety presentation
10:00am - Youth fishing derby
10:30am - Controlled burn, dryhydrant and Bambi bucket demonstration
11:00am - Wetland tour, Sawmill demonstration, fish surveying demonstration
11:30 - Woodland walk & storytime
Noon - Youth fishing derby, fire safety presentation, helicopter landing
12:30pm - Controlled burn, dry hydrant and Bambi bucket demonstration
1:00pm - Wetland tour and fish surveying demonstration
1:30pm - Bambi bucket demonstration
2:00 - Youth fishing derby
2:30pm - Sawmill demonstration, woodland walk and story time
3:00pm - Millennium Oak Grove tree planting
3:30pm - Fire safety presentation
4:00pm - See Smokey Beart hot air balloon get ready for flight
5:00pm - Last Smokey Bear hot air balloon flight
Other all day events include informational booths, archery demonstration, pellet range, emergency equipment display, Smokey Bear, Smokey memorabilia, kid ID program, and concessions.

For questions or directions, call: 785-863-2247, or 785-945-6292, or 785-863-2201.

What: Information fair, balloon ride, tree plantings, etc.
When: All day Saturday, April 29th
Where: Slough Creek Point, Perry Lake
Sponsored by: Numerous organizations

Jayhawk Audubon Society field trip to Martin Park and the Fitch Natural History Reserve
Saturday, April 29th, 8am
Dave Williams will lead the field trip to Firch Natural History Reservation and Martin Park. Meet at 7am to carpool at the southern end of Tanger Outlet Center (North Lawrence). For more information call Alexis Powell at 749-4461.
What: Field trip
Where: Fitch Natural History Reserve and Martin Park
When: Saturday, April 29th, 8am.
Sponsored by: Jayhawk Audubon Society

Field Day: Jayhawk Audubon Society
Sunday, April 30th, 2-4pm
Join the Jayhawk Audubon Society for an informative and inspiring walk through the Baker Wetlands.
What: Field Day
Where: Baker Wetlands
When: Sunday, April 30th, 2-4pm
Sponsored by: Jayhawk Audubon Society

Kansas City: Various Earth Day 2000 Events
April 22nd through May 21st.
Earth Day organizers are planning 30 days of events, beginning on April 22nd with the "Walk for Environmental Excellence" and "Party for the Planet" at the Kansas City Zoo, continuing with a Science City celebration in the middle, and ending with the "Great Americana Weekend" of music and celebration in Bonner Springs at the Agricultural Hall of Fame on May 21. For a complete listing of Earth Day 2000 events in Kansas City, or to list your Kansas City event, see

What: 30 events
When: 30 days, starting April 22nd
Where: Throughout Kansas City
Sponsored by: "Bridging the Gap" . with 40 additional sponsors as listed on the web site.

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