2017 Earth Day Fair & Parade
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Join The Environmental Center for a fun and festive celebration of the natural world! Our day of festivities kicks off with a colorful, creative parade filled with children and adults costumed as their favorite plant or animal. Get ready for the parade by creating your own costume! (Scroll below)
11:00 am: Assemble on Louisiana Avenue next to McMenamin’s
11:30am: Parade starts (about 8 blocks through downtown Bend and ends at the Earth Day Fair)
No motorized vehicles or written words allowed in the parade. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed.
The Environmental Center has partnered with local artists Teafly Peterson and Christian Brown to enhance our annual Earth Day Fair & Parade – and we want you to be involved! Teafly and Christian are creating two 8’ tall “Earth Guardians” (image to the right). Each Guardian will be a unique costume creation, worn by a friend of TEC, which represents our thriving environment. During the Earth Day Parade, we will reveal the RIVER Guardian and the FOREST Guardian.
With this new project, The Earth Day Parade has the potential to be bigger & better than it ever has before. That’s where you come in – by creating your own unique costume with your class, organization or community group! Choose anything in nature that makes you happy. It can be specific or general – i.e. tree, salmon, eagle, waterfalls, mushrooms, etc. Then create a costume, whether it’s a simple mask or a whole creative ensemble. Bring your group to participate in the parade, show off your costumes and meet the Guardians! Email Lauren to get involved and for more information.
We will also provide you with a hand-crafted muslin banner to carry during the parade. Based on what costume you choose, the banner will speak to your creature or plant choice. (These are the only written words allowed in the parade.)
Costume Workshop: Predator Masks
Saturday, April 15th from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at The Environmental Center
Join local artist Debra Fisher to create your own predator animal mask for the parade! Choose whether you’d like to create a feline, canine or bird, and construct your own mask. Feel free to bring a picture of a feline, canine or bird that you’d like to recreate.
Please bring two large cereal boxes – these will be used to construct your mask. Other materials will be provided. ($2-3 suggested donation per mask to help cover the cost of these materials.) This workshop is appropriate for children of all ages; Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a parent. Parent participation in costume-making is encouraged! PLEASE RSVP.
Following the parade, there will be live music, art, local businesses, a variety of food, interactive displays and great hands-on activities for all ages. The fair takes place on Kansas Avenue in front of The Environmental Center (downtown Bend).
Book Drive for the Learning Garden’s Little Library
The Daughters of the American Revolution are dedicated to historical preservation, patriotism, and education. Locally, the Bend DAR Chapter promotes education by giving out books to youth in our community. They approached us with the idea to build and maintain a “Free Little Library” in our Kansas Ave. Learning Garden, stocked with youth books geared towards nature and our environment. Help us create a collection of books ready to go for Earth Day! Please drop off books between now and April 22nd. And be sure to join us in the garden during the Earth Day Fair at 1:00 p.m. as we officially open the library with a ribbon cutting!
Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive
How far can you really go? Are they even fast? Can I fit my whole family in the car? These are all questions that you can easily answer for yourself by just driving an electric vehicle! Come get all your EV questions answered and learn about Central Oregon’s new Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program. More information can be found here.
Interested in being a fair vendor? Please download BOTH of the following documents – booth guidelines and the booth application.
Please note: All vendors are required to participate in Zero Waste practices! We ask that vendors do not sell products during the fair.
Applications and fees are due April 5, 2017.
Volunteer Opportunities – SOLVE It For Earth Day
SOLVE and its partners are bringing Oregon’s largest environmental service event to Central Oregon once again! Support your community and environment by signing up for a project on April 22nd to help clean up litter, pull invasive plants, beautify an urban landscape, and plant native trees and shrubs. This is a great way to get your hands dirty and make an impact in honor of Earth Day before participating in the festivities! Check out the full list of opportunities in Central Oregon, and sign up to volunteer today.
THANK YOU, 2017 SPONSORS!
Earth Hero Sponsors
Earth Steward Sponsors
Kid Zone Sponsors