Virtual Earth Week
Join us as we CELEBRATE Clean Air, Land, and Water
April 18 - April 24, 2021
WELCOME TO EARTH WEEK 2021
Red Wing and the surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful areas in the country. We have a variety of landscapes, natural and cultural features, and opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy activities on the land, on/in the water, and in the air.
We’ve come a long way since the first Earth Day was held in 1970. Back then, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles, industries belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences and air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. In 1970 Earth Day inspired 20 million Americans – at the time, 10% of the population – to take to the streets, parks, auditoriums to demonstrate in support for a cleaner environment and for changes that needed to be made. Earth Day 1970 led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of o the first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act, Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act.
Today, Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national, and local policy changes. Now, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more and more apparent every day.
Red Wing Earth Day 2021 Action Activities
Local organizations and businesses have collaborated to offer a variety of activities, virtual and live, to educate and encourage us to take action. Click on the Air, Land, Water, or Take Action tabs below, for details. By working together, we can clean our community and make the necessary changes so we have cleaner air, lands, and water for generations to come!
*** In-person events COVID-19 guidelines: The City recommends anyone attending in-person events practice social distancing and wear a mask. If you have a question about events specific Covid protocols, please contact the event organizer.
View Red Wing's natural beauty through the lens of Red Wing Photography Club members.
|Eyewitness - Minnesota Voices on Climate Change elevates the human experience of climate change through personal narrative and creative expression. Order your copy at Fair Trade Books or by emailing email@example.com. After Earth Week, we will be gathering for a community discussion. Date and location is to be decided and will be posted on the Friends of the Bluffs website.|
|Learn more about Xcel Energy's carbon reduction efforts and vision of carbon-free electricity by 2050.|
Clean Energy Plan | Xcel Energy: What Xcel Energy is doing to help the environment.
Carbon Reduction Plan | Xcel Energy: Xcel Energy's Carbon Reduction Plan, looking at their past, present, and future.
Residential Services: What residents can do with their energy usage to help the environment - energy efficiency, rebates, home services, program choices, and electric vehicles.
|Children visiting the library may take home their own backyard bird feeder craft kit! Available through browsing appointments Monday and Tuesday and Express Library Walk-In visits Wednesday – Saturday. Curbside pickup upon request. While supplies last.||When: Monday, April 19 - Saturday, April 24|
|Live Well Goodhue County wants to encourage you to drive less and bike more by biking to work, school, or around town the week of April 18th. The more cars we can get off our streets, even if for a week, the better it will be for the environment. Transportation currently produces 28% of the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission in the U.S, if we can switch to biking or walking as a mode of transportation we can help to reduce the CO2. (epa.gov). Too much Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere warms the atmosphere and the oceans which can cause climate change (Nasa.gov). Let’s take the pledge to reduce the CO2 emission this week by dusting off our bikes and using them instead of a car.|
- National Eagle Center - Educational Videos on YouTube
|Below are some of the National Eagle Centers educational videos.|
Learn what actions you can take in your own home to help fight Climate Change.
|Download Take Action! (PDF)|
Our community and our natural resources are important. Working together to clean up our community is not only beneficial to the environment but will make our community beautiful and help maintain our natural resources for all to enjoy. Please take some time on Sunday, April 18th to clean up your neighborhood, your neighborhood park, along a walking/biking path, and/or along our rivers and streams. Grab your gloves, a garbage bag and walk around and pick up any litter/trash that you see. Recycle what you can then throw the leftover garbage in your garbage can. Please read and follow all suggestions on our Red Wing Clean Up Tip Sheet (PDF).
Service Clubs & Community Organizations are helping out too by cleaning up our City Parks
If you belong to a club or organization and would like to clean up a park, contact David Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
|When: Sunday, April 18th|
City of Red Wing Volunteer Waiver (PDF)
|Kickoff Earth Week by joining the He Mni Can Hikers (Facebook Group) to watch the sunrise from the east overlook on He Mni Can-Barn Bluff. The sun is scheduled to rise at 6:20 a.m. and some of the best views happen 15-20 minutes before that so plan your starting time accordingly. Also, dress accordingly because it’s usually a little cooler at the overlook.||When: Sunday, April 18|
Where: He Mni Can-Barn Bluff
|The first annual Treasures on the Trail, an Earth Day finders-keepers art-in nature program. It is the perfect reason to explore Red Wing's trails the week surrounding Earth Day.|
Red Wing Arts designed the program to celebrate and bring attention to the arts, as well as the natural beauty of the Red Wing parks and greenways. Those who find the trail treasures get to keep them.
This year, The Faerie House has been commissioned to build 33 fairy homes that will be hidden in plain sight. 1 to 2 fairy houses will be placed on one or more trails each day. Clues will be posted on Facebook and Instagram pages each day. The Fairies want you to be safe so you won't have to climb or "go out on a limb" to find their houses. Once found, the fairies have granted permission to relocate their house to your home. Yes really, take it home!
|When: Starts Sunday morning, April 18th, and ends Saturday afternoon, April 24th|
Where: Red Wing Trails. Click here for trail information.
Share your treasure trove of discoveries while on your hunt. Use #treasuresonthetrailrwa on social media so we can share!
Put on your hiking boots, grab your gloves and a bag and help us pick up litter off the trails on our bluffs. This is an unstructured activity so we invite you to figure out a time that works best for you, invite your family and close friends and select a trail clean.
Please pick up bottles, paper, and any other small pieces of litter that does not belong on the trails. Any large items, please leave but contact David Anderson at email@example.com so we can figure out how remove them at a later date. Deposit your litter bags in the garbage cans at the trailheads or take them home.
We are an Earth-friendly business focused on Recycling or Reusing gently used clothing, furniture, appliances, toys, and other household goods. Doing our part to Reduce waste or fill up landfills.
In recognition of Earth Week (April 18-24th) we will be giving "Red Wing Chamber Bucks" ($2.00) in exchange for any items dropped off during normal donation hours when you mention the catchy slogan "Earth: Love it or leave it! ".
|Please bring your gently used items to donate during these times: Tuesday, April 20th 10a-1p. Wednesday, April 21st 10a-1p. Friday, April 23rd 10a-1p and Saturday, April 24th 10a-1p.|
Understanding & Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota
This webinar provides insight into the ways that climate change will affect Minnesota landscapes and gardens in the coming years. It describes the impact of those changes on home gardeners and provides recommendations on ways to grow a more resilient garden and help protect green spaces from the risks inherent of a changing climate. The presentation will end with some promising solutions to Climate Change.
Presented by: Goodhue County Master Gardener Volunteer Leader: Terry Yockey and Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) - Red Wing Group Leader: Anne Wildenborg
Created by Ramsey County Master Gardener Brianna Gohde
|When: Wednesday, April 21 at 4 p.m.|
Where: Virtual presentation. To watch this webinar, send a request for a link to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Join us digitally on Zoom for our Earth Day inspired History break on April 21st with Dr. Ron Schirmer. It is easy these days to feel overwhelmed by how much change is going on, and how fast things seem to be changing. Adapting to change is, however, the evolutionary hallmark of our species, and archeology provides countless, diverse examples of past changes that humans have encountered, and thrived through. One such example, and one of local significance in Red Wing, is a complex set of environmental and cultural changes which occurred between around 800 and 1400 CE. Current research is revealing evidence of significant climatic shifts happening at the same time as major cultural shifts, resulting in transformed cultures in a transformed landscape. In this talk, Dr. Schirmer will explore the mounting evidence of a regional effect of the Medieval Climatic Anomaly and will discuss how that relates to patterns of change among Late Woodland, Silvernale, and Oneota peoples in the Red Wing region.||When: Wednesday, April 21, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.|
Where: Online, program link can be found at goodhuecountyhistory.org
This Earth Week, the City of Red Wing and Prairie Island Green Team have partnered up to create Composting 101, a free introductory workshop on composting. Whether you're ready to dive into backyard composting or just want to learn more, discover easy ways to turn food and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost!
Three free workshops will be held on Saturday, April 24, at 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m. at the Red Wing Waste Campus. Attendees will be provided with a notebook to take notes throughout the workshop, which will include a 45-minute presentation from Amelia and Lars with the Prairie Island Green Team and a 15-minute question-and-answer session.
|When: Saturday, April 24|
8:30, 10, and11:30 a.m.
Where: Red Wing Solid Waste Campus, 1873 Bench Street, Red Wing
Register for Composting 101
|Come to the Featherstone Community Garden to learn about composting your kitchen scraps and garden waste and how to build a simple compost bin.|
Guest speaker, world-renowned Compost Guru, Paul Drotos, will be there to talk about the virtue of compost and have a conversation with visitors and gardeners.
|When: Saturday, April 24, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.|
Where: Featherstone Community Garden, located at the intersection of Maple St. and Featherstone Rd. Look for signs that will direct you to the garden.
|Join us at the Lake City Catholic Worker Farm on Saturday, April 24th to see how our Restoration Agriculture practices and Deep Winter Greenhouse projects are helping heal our air, land, and water. Our on-farm kombucha stand will be open until 3 p.m. so you can stop in to sample or purchase our products prior to the tour.|
3:00 - 30-minute tour of the Deep Winter Greenhouse; see how energy-saving building practices support local agriculture while improving air quality and reducing dependency on fossil fuels.
Sargents is celebrating Pollinators on Earth Day! Check out their website to learn more about what pollinators are, why we need them, and what you can do to help them.
|Search the library catalog at https://selco.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/rw# for Explorer Pack and place one on hold to take on a hike! Each pack is stuffed full of fun books, maps, and tools, just ready for your next outdoor adventure.|
|Each year, Minnesota celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday of April (April 30, 2021) and Arbor Month during the entire month of May. This year, celebrate Arbor Day and Arbor Month by planting trees to reduce the effects of climate change.|
|The Goodhue County Recycling Center provides cardboard, newspaper, office paper, magazine, plastic, tine, aluminum, and glass recycling services for residents.|
Recycling Center Brochure (PDF) | Recycling Guide (PDF) | 2021 Goodhue County Household Hazardous Waste Schedule (PDF) | 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Do's and Dont's (PDF)
- Red Wing Area Chapter Citizens Climate Lobby - Kiss the Ground Film
Kiss the Ground is a film about how farmers are taking action for cleaner water, healthier soil, a more sustainable agricultural system. The movie also shows how these farm conservation practices can help us address the current ongoing climate crisis. in the United States.
Click this link to watch the movie online from 7:00-7:45 pm, and to attend the farmer panel discussion at 7:45 pm.
After the film, at 7:45 pm, you’ll have a chance to hear from local farmers about what they’re doing to address conservation and climate crisis issues locally, and how city residents can help get more conservation on the landscape. The same link works for both the movie and the panel discussion.
Many thanks to Northfield Earth Day 2021 https://northfieldearthday.com/workshop/
for inviting the public to attend this wonderful, informative movie and Local Farmer Discussion on Regenerative Farming.
The movie is also free on Netflix.
|When: 7:00 pm, Friday, April 23 and 7:45 pm Farmer Panel Discussion|
Where: Via Zoom, no registration necessary
Click link below to join:
- Red Wing Family YMCA - Earth Day Event at Camp Pepin
Celebrate Earth Day with us at YMCA Camp Pepin.
Check out the camp and enjoy learning more about the rich biodiversity of the Upper Mississippi River corridor. We will have activities, a bonfire, and some amazing presenters:
This is a great day to come and see the camp, tour the cabins and property and learn more about our amazing spot on planet Earth!
|When: Saturday, April 24th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm|
Where: YMCA Camp Pepin, click here for directions to the Camp.
|Adopt a drain in your neighborhood in an effort to reduce the amount of harmful debris that makes its way into our rivers, lakes, and wetlands.|
Taking care of your adopted drain:
|How to adopt a drain: Visit the Adopt a Drain program website|
Tips for Safely Clearing Your Storm Drain (PDF)
|Cannon River Watershed Partnership has a|
|(LPLA Website): Learn about diverse crops that align environmental protection with farm profitability by keeping the soil vegetated all year round! One exciting development is Kernza(R), which is a perennial grain with a deep and dense root system that can reduce nutrient leaching, flooding, and soil erosion. Learn more about Kernza (R), follow along with community members experimenting with recipes, and share your own Kernza (R) creation with us for a chance to win a Forever Green Cookbook and Kernza (R) products!|
Local Water Stewardship (LPLA Website): Lake Pepin serves as a catchbasin for sediment and other pollutants released throughout 48% of Minnesota, but local action is the first line of protection for this important stretch of the Mississippi River. Learn what recreational boaters and property owners can do to be local water stewards!
We celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd each year, however, we should live Earth Day every day of the year. Click the link below for Action Steps individuals and families can put into practice that will make the Red Wing area a little greener.
Make a Difference: Take the Earth Week Pledge!
How much positive change can you make in a week? This year, we encourage everyone to take the Earth Week Pledge. During Earth Week, make just one change in your habits for a healthier world. Maybe that's swapping driving a car for riding a bike, or reducing your water use, or picking up litter in our parks. Whatever your pledge, we'd love to see it! Print off the Earth Week Pledge PDF below, write in your pledge, and send us a picture to add right here on our website or share on social media. Or use the hashtag #EarthWeekPledge on your own social media accounts and tag us!