Earth Day activities planned for Coeur d'Alene

What do a wolf and a Honda Civic Hybrid have in common? Both will be featured guests at Earth Day Coeur d’Alene’s seventh annual Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22 at North Idaho College and the Harding Family Center.
“An Evening with Predators” will kick off the week on Thursday, April 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Christianson Gym on North Idaho College’s main campus. Come to this program and meet two wolves, a hawk, an owl and an eagle. Learn about these amazing animals up close, live and in person. The event is free, but donations are welcome.
On Friday, April 21, the Earth Day Luncheon will be held at noon in the Driftwood Bay Room of Edminster Student Union Building on NIC’s main campus. The focal points of the luncheon are a brief keynote address by NIC geology instructor Mark McFaddan and the Kootenai County Solid Waste Department’s annual recycling award ceremony. This ceremony honors the recycling efforts made by our local public schools. The luncheon is a joint function of the Kootenai Solid Waste District and Earth Day Coeur d’Alene. Luncheon tickets are $12, or $10 for students. For tickets, call (208) 676-7145. Tickets will not be available at the door.
The grand finale will be the Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harding Family Center, located at 411 North 15th Street in Coeur d’Alene. The fair will include kids’ activities, informational exhibits, great music and food, an opportunity to get a picture taken with a live owl as well as the wolves!
The Fair will showcase the efforts of a diverse group of 35 local, regional and national organizations and agencies that share something in common: their work in protecting the environment. Some of the exhibitors include The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service, Farmers Market, North Idaho Flycasters, Art on the Edge, Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and Project Coeur d’Alene.
Come listen to the music of Coeur d’Alene’s own world music ensemble, “State Of Change” from 1 to 3 p.m. Buy lunch from the Great Harvest Bread Company and enter Honda’s sweepstakes to win a 2006 Civic Hybrid.
If you aren’t able to attend the longer wolf program on Thursday evening, come and meet the wolves at the fair at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. It’s an experience you and your children will never forget!
Senator Gaylord Nelson started Earth Day on April 22, 1970 to enlighten the public of the impact that choices we make have on the planet we inhabit. American Heritage Magazine called the first Earth Day "one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy."
Earth Day Coeur d’Alene is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the Earth and its environment. The Earth Day Coeur d’Alene Committee welcomes donations and volunteers to assist in planning and carrying out its annual activities.
All programs are open to the public, and all activities except the luncheon are free. Information: (208) 661-2031.

For More Information
Earth Day Coeur d’Alene Coordinator Karen Lamb, (208) 661-2031, or Earth Day Coeur d’Alene Marketing Chair Keith Milligan, (208) 818-1803

Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

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