April 21, 2009 –
MAYETTA: Getting youth involved in saving the earth and having family fun will be the focus of the 11th Annual Earth Day celebration planned for Sunday, April 26 in Prairie People’s Park on the Prairie Band Potawatomi reservation.
Events being planned include a recycled soap-box derby, a 3-mile run, 3-mile bike ride, bike rodeo, 1 1/2 mile and 3-mile Predictor’s walk and a Youth Indigenous Environmental Council Summit meeting. The summit, which is new this year, is being modeled after high school United Nations councils and will highlight local and global environmental issues.
In its second year, the soap box derby includes cars that are created using recycled materials. A variety of materials were found in last year’s entries including an old ironing board, baby car seat, parts from a lawn chair, and many different sized wheels.
Earth Day is sponsored by the PBPN Division of Planning & Environmental Protection and has something for all ages including flower give-a-ways and other events like the Predictor’s Walk for adults. Prairie People’s Park is located near 158 Road and M Road.
Below is the schedule of events:
8 a.m. Registration
9a.m. 3-Mile Run
10 a.m. 3-Mile Bike Ride; Bike Rodeo
10:30 a.m. 1/1/2 mile and 3-mile Predictor’s Walk
Noon Recycled Soapbox Derby
1p.m. Youth Indigenous Environmental Council Summit
1:30 p.m. Awards & Recognition Presentation
The PBPN Division of Planning and Environmental Protection is dedicated to providing programs that protect and restore the environment. A staff of six serves the day-to-day environmental needs of the reservation community and tribal membership.