Earth Day is right around the corner on Saturday, April 22, but you can do your part every day to help Mother Earth by supporting eco-friendly stores and events around town. The following are a few sustainable shops and local happenings to help you celebrate Earth Day in Wisconsin and beyond.
Earth Day Tour at The Cider Farm
Join The Cider Farm in Madison for a specialty Earth Day Tour of its apple orchard on Saturday, April 22. This unique experience will take guests on an adventure through the orchards to learn about organic and sustainable apple farming. The tour is half a mile long and will feature samples of The Cider Farm’s staple dry ciders and apple brandy. Attendees are encouraged to bring empty bottles and glassware to be recycled and reused for future sips created at the farm. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 for those looking to enjoy a picnic at the orchard at the end of the tour. For more information, visit theciderfarm.com.
Green Life Trading Co.
With a duo of locations in Milwaukee and Madison, Green Life Trading Co. puts ease into becoming eco-friendly by offering curated everyday essentials in one place. The shop doubles as a refilling center, where visitors can bring empty items to refill necessities like shampoo and other personal care items to help reduce waste in landfills. Each container sold at Green Life Trading Co. has a life trajectory that is compostable or recyclable, creating a low-waste impact on the earth. Guests can expect to find cleaning items, skincare, makeup, hair care, candles, vitamins and more when visiting. If you aren’t in either city but still want to support the shop, check it out online for carbon and cardboard-free shipping. Store hours vary depending on the location. For more information, visit greenlifetradingco.com.
Rotary Botanical Gardens’ Earth Day Celebration
With live exotic animal shows from Zoozort, family-friendly activities, free admission to the botanical gardens, community information from local organizations and games, the Rotary Botanical Gardens’ Earth Day Celebration is the perfect way to teach your little ones about the environment in an exciting and educational space. In addition to all the fun will be an electronics drop-off bin where visitors can recycle old electronics and a clothing drive to donate and upcycle gently worn clothing and shoes. The event is free on Sunday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit rotarybotanicalgardens.org.
Celebrate Earth Day in Wisconsin at the local family-owned and -operated store in Eau Claire, Eco-Minded. The site aims to make a positive environmental change, no matter how small its impact. An assortment of home goods, hygiene products, jewelry and wellness items can be purchased at Eco-Minded, in addition to a grocery section with organic items from local purveyors and vendors. Eco-Minded is open Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit shopeco-minded.com.
Earth Day Program: Beach Catastrophe!
Bring your little ones along (grades second through fifth) to celebrate Earth Day in Wisconsin on Wednesday, April 26, at the We Energies STEM Center in Milwaukee. The hands-on experience will allow kids to build their own beach when an oil rig suddenly spews from it. This opportunity will teach kids how oil spills harm plants, animals and our surrounding beaches and why it is hard to clean up. The event will be led by MSOE Professor and incorporate digestible environmental and chemistry lessons. Tickets are $15 per child. For more information, visit allevents.in.