MANITOWOC – In conjunction with other organizations, the Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership (LNRP) will be holding several Earth Day activities in four east central Wisconsin counties during late April.

The lineup of activities will kick off from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at the Starboard Brewing Company, 151 North 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Scientific reviews presented by the Climate Change Coalition of Door County and the Forest Recovery Project will be accompanied by music and microbrews.

On the morning of Earth Day, which is on Saturday, April 22, the friends of the Manitowoc River and Twin Rivers watersheds will conduct their annual beach cleanup along the shore of Lake Michigan in both Manitowoc and Two Rivers.

Volunteers are asked to register by calling Kim at (920) 242-1993 or by sending an e-mail to for the Manitowoc beach. For the Two Rivers beach, call Don at (920) 553-4941 or send an e-mail to

At 6:30 p.m. on April 22 at the Door County Auditorium, 3926 Highway 42, Fish Creek, there will be a free premiere showing of the Niagara Escarpment film created by county native Roger Kuhns.

April 23 activities

At 9:10 a.m. on Sunday, April 23, the fellowship hall at Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay will be the setting for a discussion led by entomologist Dick Smythe. The morning's topic will be international commitments contained in the United Nations climate change agreement that was signed in Paris in 2015.

During the noon hour on Sunday, April 23, architect Virge Temme will host an open house at her first SAGE (sustainable, affordable, green, expandable) home, which is under construction. The location is 518 South 15th Street, Sturgeon Bay.

Reptiles and rain barrels

In a presentation geared for children, the Fox Valley Herp Club and the Friends of the Branch River Watershed will sponsor a free presentation on reptiles, including hands-on interactions with snakes, turtles, and other reptiles. This will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 in the upstairs Balkansky rooms B and C at the Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay Street.

As a fundraiser for the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network's school curriculum project, there will be a premiere showing of De Pere resident Dan Larson's film “The Great Ledge” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at the De Pere Cinema, 417 George Street. The $10 per person tickets will also entitle attendees to food and beverages.

Two free showings of “The Great Ledge” are scheduled on Saturday, April 29 in Door County. The times and places are 1:30 p.m. at The Clearing, 12171 Garrett Street in Ellison Bay and 7 p.m. at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay.

A workshop on building and installing rain barrels will be sponsored by the Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, 75 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc. Twenty of the attendees at the free session will win a rain barrel in a raffle. To register, send an e-mail to or call (920) 627-1799.

Brats, pollinators, trees

A brat fry fundraiser for the Friends of the Branch River Watershed will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Rob's Family Market, 2330 Menasha Ave., Manitowoc.

Another event on Saturday, April 29 will be a pollinator workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at RCS Empowers, 1607 Geele Ave., Sheboygan. There is a $10 per person cost for the workshop being hosted by the Sheboygan River Basin Partnership and Nourish Farms.

The Mink River Preserve north of Ellison Bay in Door County will be the site of a public tree planting day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. The site is part of a wetland complex that provides habitat to rare and endangered butterflies. For more information about the tree planting, call (920) 421-2283 or send an e-mail to

Additional details about any of these events are available from Jennifer Hansmann at the LNRP. The phone number is (920) 627-1799.

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