Although I’m a winter lover myself, I also enjoy spring. One of my favorite parts of spring is the returned enthusiasm others have for spending time outside. Unlike in the depths of winter, when I have a hard time finding friends to volunteer to do outdoor activities with me, the warm sunshine of spring calls to folks to break away from their phones, computers, TVs, tablets, and other screens and reconnect with the elements of the outdoors.
The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood puts on one of our favorite spring challenges to help encourage folks to spend time disconnected from devices – Screen-Free Week! As their website states, “Screen-Free Week is an annual invitation to play, explore, and rediscover the joys of life beyond ad-supported screens.” From April 29th to May 5th, millions of people from around the world will join the challenge to unplug and leave their devices behind as they reconnect with friends and family, favorite pastimes, and the great outdoors.
This year’s Earth Day falls on a Monday (this April 22, to be specific). Taking the time off to properly celebrate our communal home may be difficult because of that. However, with the Easter weekend taking place directly before Earth Day, finding the time may be easier. In fact, many of the events celebrating Earth Day will be held during this upcoming weekend.
So, if you’re out of ideas for things to do for Earth Day, here are a few highlights to give you a head start.
- Monday, April 22. Brainerd Public Library 4pm-5pm – We’ll start off with an event close to our hearts. Our very own Michelle H. will be at the Brainerd Public Library to talk about the Earth’s most valuable resource: water.
- Monday, April 22. Leech Lake Earth Day ’19 Noon-4pm – At the Boys & Girls Club of Leech Lake, the US Forestry Service, RREAL, Leech Lake Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Solid Waste, Leech Lake Fish & Wildlife and many more will be hosting a fun event geared towards encouraging everyone to “Get Outside!”
- Friday, April 19-Saturday April 20. Run Earth Day Running Events – All Weekend – If you’re down by St. Cloud this weekend and are looking to enjoy the great outdoors AND like to run, take part in the Run Earth Day event. With a variety of races and expos, you’ll be able to find something to enjoy.
We continue our discussion with local foraging enthusiast, Travis Grimler.
In this episode we talk about the legality of foraging, Travis shares some of his favorite recipes, and we share some good references to turn to if you’re interested in getting started in foraging.
By Allison Rian
My 6 year-old daughter wanted to help make soil mix for planting vegetable seeds this weekend. As we got our hands dirty mixing compost, peat, and nutrients, and then adding water, I was treated to a passionate oration on the importance of plants for food and trees for clean and fresh air. (I was one proud mama.) “It all starts with the seed,” she told me. “What about the soil?” I asked her. “The seed grows in the soil,” she answered.
My 6 year-old helping prep for garlic planting last fall.
Yes, the trees and plants grow in the soil, but it is more than just a medium. It is a living ecosystem, capable of providing the essentials of life to plants and animals. Leonardo Da Vinci said, “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.” True in the Renaissance Period and still true now.
A few weeks ago, we were able to sit down with local news reporter Travis Grimler, who is fanatical for foraging! We chatted with Travis for over 90 minutes and picked up so much good information, we were able to split the recording into two episodes. This is the first part.
Travis brought a bunch of foraging books and examples to the recording.
In this episode, we talk about proper foraging safety, nutrients vs calories, and even The Walking Dead.
In 1969, Americans were preoccupied with the divisive Vietnam War. But another battle was occurring on the home front, with rivers and lakes polluted, cities like Los Angeles blanketed in smog, and litter a common sight everywhere.
US Senator Gaylord Nelson was instrumental in the creation of Earth Day.
Meanwhile Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson had witnessed the effects of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Nelson, a Democrat, decided a “national teach-in” about the environment was in order, and he asked Pete McCloskey, a northern California Republican, to serve as co-chair. Groups representing causes including oil spill prevention, air pollution, toxic dumps, wilderness destruction and endangered species began to realize they were all part of a greater movement.