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1. Earth Day, Arbor Day and other April events planned at Maywood
Maywood Environmental Park, 3615 Mueller Road, Sheboygan, will host public Earth Day and Arbor Day events this April along with other activities. People can register for the events by emailing email@example.com or calling 920-459-3906. More info is online.
The Earth Day programs will kick off with a tree-planting at 10 a.m. April 22. Volunteers will plant 100 trees throughout the park. At 1 p.m., volunteers can assist with cleaning up trash at the Bur Oak site. Finally, at 5 p.m., Park Director Samantha Lammers will lead a forest bathing hike.
At 10 a.m. April 23, volunteers will be needed to help with a park clean-up at Maywood. All supplies will be provided.
In celebration of Arbor Day on April 29, the Maywood OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier Scholars) group will visit the Sheboygan Department of Public Works to learn about the Bare Root Accelerated Growth System used for starting trees. The program is open to the public. At 4 p.m., North High School student Emily Fisher will unveil her newly created and installed storybook trail. She has spent the last few months designing, creating and implementing this storybook trail as a way to promote environmental stewardship in the park as well as using a narrative to show the diverse changes that have happened at Maywood over the years.
Here are other programs planned in April at Maywood:
April 7, May 5 and June 9, 5:15-6:15 p.m., iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation — $12 for individual classes; call to reserve a space, drop-ins as space permits. iRest is a meditation practice based on the ancient tradition of Yoga Nidra, adapted for the modern life. This practice can be done while sitting in a chair or lying on the floor. Take a yoga mat, blanket, towel or small pillow, and eye covering.
April 13, noon, Nature at Noon: “Ontario: Land of beauty, water, and surprises” — Donations appreciated. David Kuckuk shares his fondest memories of paddling, hiking and exploring Ontario. Maywood provides coffee and water. Pre-registration is required.
April 15, 10 a.m.-noon, OWLS program — Free admission, donations accepted. Join OWLS for a birding hike. Meet outside the Ecology Center.
April 22, 10 a.m.-noon, OWLS program — Free admission, donations accepted. Celebrate Earth Day. Park Director Samantha Lammers will present Earth Day activities.
April 29, 10 a.m.-noon, OWLS program — Free admission, donations accepted. Join Lammers as participants head to the City of Sheboygan’s Department of Public Works to learn about the city’s new BRAGS system. Also, celebrate Dave Kuckuk Day (April 30) in honor of the man in charge of planting the majority of the trees at Maywood over his career as park director.
April 30, 7:30 a.m., Saturday Morning Bird Walk — Free program, donations appreciated. Join Maywood birders in identifying resident and migrating birds. Take binoculars and field guides. Meet at the stone circle at the front of the Ecology Center. Ecology Center opens at 9 a.m.
April 30, 10 a.m.-noon, Becoming a Naturalist — $5 members or $10 non-members and pre-registration required. Join former Park Director Dave Kuckuk as he leads a hike around the property and shows the ins and outs of becoming a naturalist.
2. Waelderhaus marks 200th anniversary of the birth of American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted
A Waelderhaus exhibit opening at 6 p.m. April 26 will mark Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday and celebrate the visionary landscape architect and social reformer with the opening of an outdoor exhibit titled “Frederick Law Olmsted: Landscapes for the Public Good.”
The exhibit focuses on Frederick Law Olmsted, the man who planned both Central Park (his first major design) and Biltmore in Asheville (his final design).
The exhibit also highlights the story of how Kohler Co.’s president hired Frederick Law Olmsted’s successor firm, the Olmsted Brothers, to help create a 50-year plan for the Village of Kohler, Riverbend, and the parks and performance spaces that make up this garden community at the factory gate.
The event is part of a nationwide bicentennial celebration of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. The bicentennial theme is “Parks for All People.”
The Waelderhaus will continue the celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted and his successor firm the Olmsted Brothers with these three additional Olmsted-focused programs, all at 2 p.m. at the Waelderhaus:
May 8, award-winning landscape journalist and photographer Virginia Small will present “Olmstedian Legacies in Wisconsin: Naturalistic Designed Landscapes that Endure.”
May 22, Marta McDowell, author and landscape history and horticulture instructor at New York Botanical Garden, will present “Frederick Law Olmsted: Parks, Estates, Campuses and Communities,” followed by a tour of the gardens and first floor of Riverbend. For an additional fee of $20, guests may also partake in high tea at Riverbend. Spots for the high tea are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
Sept. 11, Virginia Small and Angela Miller, Kohler Company archivist, will lead a walking tour through Kohler focusing on the design work of the Olmsteds throughout the village.
Admission to these Olmsted 200 programs are free and reservations are required. Call the Waelderhaus at 920-453-2851 or email Debbie.Weber@kohler.com to reserve a seat. The venue recommends guests wear a mask while inside.
3. Plymouth Arts Center hosting ‘Paint the Towns in Fall Color’ exhibit
Plymouth Arts Center is hosting the exhibition “Paint the Towns in Fall Color” in its Gallery 110 North through April 29.
The plein air “Paint the Towns in Fall Color” competition, held annually in October, is coordinated by artist Dan Rizzi of Plymouth. During the week-long “paint-out,” artists compete in different categories for cash prizes and merit awards totaling $3,000. The highlight of the event is a public silent auction, party and awards presentation.
The Plymouth Arts Center is at 520 E. Mill St., Plymouth. The center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. More info is online or call 920-892-8409.
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