BY BERT URBANI
The Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy invites everyone to join in and “Make Every Day Earth Day!” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Centennial Farm at 25797 Third St. on Grosse Ile. An afternoon of fun and education is planned for those who attend.
We will celebrate Parke Lane Elementary School becoming Grosse Ile’s first Michigan Green School. Colleen Gimpel, a retired Parke Lane kindergarten teacher, will speak about the Michigan Green Schools program, what Parke Lane has done to achieve the designation, and how other GI schools can become Green Schools, too.
A big focus of Earth Day will be on fun projects with the next generation of environmental stewards, our children. Kids’ activities include a pond study, making an Earth Day pendant from a “tree cookie,” planting a flower, art projects, and more.
Displays and presentations will include Grosse Ile Police Chief Joe Porcarelli speaking about and collecting attendees’ old medicines (pills, but no liquids, needles or inhalers). Many people still have the mistaken idea that it is OK to flush their old medicine down the toilet, which is harmful to the environment and our drinking water.
Dona Depa from the township’s Department Public Services will remind what is recyclable on Grosse Ile, and what is not, and give tips on conserving our most precious resource — water.
Joe Keefe from DPS will offer insight into the township’s wastewater treatment plant. An MSU master gardener will speak on “Going Native for Michigan’s Landscapes.” And Grosse Ile’s own Pam Frucci will use her “Yankee Ingenuity” to inform us that, in fact, “It’s Easy Being Green.”
The GINLC will showcase the winners of 2016’s high school nature photo contest, “Take It Outside,” and remind students that the deadline for the 2017 contest is May 10. Other displays will be about Monarch Butterflies and Butterfly Gardens, Healthy Lawns & Gardens, Safe Alternatives to Coal-Tar Sealants and others.
The event is free and open to the public. More information is available at GINLC.org and on the Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy Facebook page.