The US Forest Service is hosting Juneau’s community Earth Day celebration at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The celebration commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act with educational and entertaining activities provided by many local organizations.
Kevin Hood, wilderness manager for the Juneau Ranger District and Admiralty Island National Monument, will open the festivities at 11:30 a.m. with an introduction to the new 30-minute film “The Meaning of Wild” featuring wilderness areas in the Tongass National Forest.
Several nature activities are planned on Saturday. Juneau Audubon will offer a guided bird walk. Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and other local groups will present hands-on children’s activities inside the visitor center. Dick Callahan will show how to build a “rocket stove.” Marie Drake Planetarium will help kids construct a constellation. Juneau’s Commission on Sustainability will share details on electric cars.
Entertainment will be music and dancing with Heartstrings, Noodle of Doum, All Nations’ Children’s dancers and Daughters of the New Moon.
Earth Day efforts continue on April 22 when Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) partners with the Forest Service to clean up and fix up Auke Recreation Area. Volunteers are needed and may sign up to participate during the glacier’s festivities on Saturday.