An Earth Day celebration that began in 2010 returns this Saturday, April 22, with EcoFest 2017 scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cedar Rapids.
The event features live music, local vendors, artists, educational programs and more.
Most activities take place in and around the NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, with the Eco Film Festival and presentations on pollinators and post-industrial landscapes set inside CSPS, just across the street at 1103 Third St. SE.
OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS RAPTOR PROGRAM
Outside NewBo Market
A groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
(1hr, 31 minutes) at CSPS
NEW BOHEMIA ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
A Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street member will lead a walk through the area highlighting unique architectural features and history of the district. (Meet at EcoFest Information Booth near NewBo Market entrance)
NEW BO TREE WALK WITH TREES FOREVER
A Trees Forever staff member will lead a tree walk featuring trees that meet the needs of urban business and home owners. (meet at EcoFest Information Booth near NewBo Market entrance).
“THE MONARCH: A BUTTERFLY BEYOND BORDERS”
The latest findings on the life cycle and migration of the familiar, yet mysterious, butterfly. (47 minutes) at CSPS
DESIGNING FROM A POLLINATOR’S EYES
What can we do to help our pollinators survive and thrive? Plant a Pollinator Garden with plants they love, and then maintain it for years to come. This presentation will give tips and information on how to choose plants for your site, how to plant them, and what will be necessary to maintain them — saving time and money over the years. Master Gardner Becki Lynch will present this program. At C Space in CSPS.
GRANT WOOD FELLOW/
VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
Talk on post-industrial landscapes, geoengineering, and new art installation at Mount Trashmore. At C Space in CSPS.
MUSIC AT THE NEWBO MARKET STAGE
Native American Flutist Pop/Rock
AMELIA + MELINA
Cedar Falls Indie/Folk Duo
DEEP DISH DIVAS
Dishin’ up an eclectic mix of vintage novelties, folk, swing, traditional, a cappella and more.
CEDAR COUNTY COBRAS
A contagious, acoustic, rockabilly, dancing bluegrass, or brand new old-time country with the gritty sound of soulful blues.
Other events and participants:
Visit with local eco-vendors, enjoy interactive activities and learn about eco-related events in our community. Activites include:
Learn how to upscale furniture
Nature Playscape Area
Learn about windmills by playing with scale models
Test your nature knowledge
Make seed balls for the monarchs and other pollinators
Get your own free compost
Learn to compost
Play yard games
Learn to garden in your home
10:00AM – 3PM
FREE FACE PAINTING BOOTH
INTERACTIVE COMPOSTING DEMONSTRATION WITH AARON HANSON
PHOTO BOOTH – TAKE YOUR OWN ECOFUN PHOTOS (NEAR ICNC AND WICKIUP HILL BOOTHS)
NEW WORK FROM THE GRANT WOOD ART COLONY FELLOWS WITH COLIN LYONS AT CSPS
ALLIANT ENERGY YOUR FUTURE IN VIRTUAL REALITY
BEE APART BEE TOGETHER
CR SCHOOLS GREEN TEAM
CITY OF CEDAR RAPIDS
Rezone, City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance Update
Solar On City Facilities And Ways To Get Involved
Stormeater Cost-Share For Residents
Bike Trail Plans And Safety
ECO MOW LLC
CEDAR VALLEY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY/RESTORE
FRIENDS OF CEDAR LAKE
Giant Connect-Four Game
FRIENDS OF IOWA CITY COHOUSING
FRIENDS OF CEDAR LAKE AND SLEEPING G BRIDGE
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR YOUR HOME
GREEN IOWA AMERICORPS
HENNA BODY ART
INDIAN CREEK NATURE CENTER
IOWA CITY COHOUSING
IOWA MASTER NATURALISTS
LINN COUNTY CONSERVATION
LINN COUNTY SOLID WASTE AGENCY
RED WIGGLER WORMS
Interact with red wiggler worms. Learn about composting and the future of Mt. Trashmore.
MONARCHS OF EASTERN IOWA
MOUNT MERCY UNIVERSITY ENACTUS
NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION
PRAIRIEWOODS FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER
All about backyard bee homes.
TOWER GARDEN AND JUICE PLUS