Earth Day

Saturday, April 13 * 10 am-5 pm

United Methodist Church, Ludington

Hundreds of individuals and families enjoyed AFFEW’s annual Earth Day celebration! The day included workshops, kid’s activities, a family hike and green enterprise booths and ended with a update on climate change and how it impacts our community. A variety of raffles also took place throughout the day and food was available for purchase.



Hunting and fishing: A legacy of protecting natural resources.  

Shaun McKeon & Nick Green, Michigan United Conservation Club

Presentation will focus on the funds generated from hunting and fishing licenses. These monies are then used to fund water clean up initiatives, land purchases for recreational use, trail and accessibility development and educational programs. The speaker will connect the dots from the hunter and angling license purchases, taxes collected from ammunition and equipment sales to distribution to the resource protections and enhancements.

Climate Change – Your Health and Your Community

Dr. Richard Norton will give an overview of climate change  and the physical effects in the Great Lakes. Dr. Trish Koman will then speak on how these physical changes will affect health. Followed by Richard presenting about the Great Lakes shoreline dynamics in light of climate change.

Patricia (Trish) Koman, MPP, PhD, conducts research and engages students in multidisciplinary design challenges at the University of Michigan. Both a environmental epidemiologist and a former government scientist, Trish studies how climate change affects health, especially among vulnerable populations.  Dr. Koman will discuss how climate change affects health in the Great Lakes region – what the science says and what you can do. Additional information on this topic can be found below.

Close Encounters

Live Animal Show with John Ball Zoo

John Ball Traveling Zoo Live animal presentation

Stroll by to meet & greet the animals 


Native Plants and Rain Gardens

Carolyn Thayer with Designs in Bloom

The presentation will focus on how Michigan native plants can help soak up storm water runoff, prevent erosion, filter storm water runoff, and provide habitat for wildlife and insects.  And…the best part is these native plants will wake up your landscape and become alive with sound and activity.  

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home

Healthy From the Ground Up

Dr. Kathryn Niemeyer

This presentation will focus on the use of plants and herbs as foods and medicines to promote health and prevent disease. Plant-based diets along with the inclusion of healing herbs for general health and wellbeing will be discussed. Plant combinations for sleep, mild pain, anxiety, energy and immune strength will be addressed.

Make and Take Green Cleaning Products

The Green Gals, Heidi, Brenda & Kathy

Just 3 everyday gals trying to keep chemicals out of our everyday lives. This workshop will allow you to make & take a few products that use natural ingredients to clean and use in a variety of ways. “Recipes” included!

Friends & Foes, Managing Insects Organically

John Ferree with Little Red Organics

How to encourage beneficial insects and prevent pest damage in edible landscapes. The workshop will explore Organic pest controls, how to use pest controls while limiting impacts to non-target species, and building landscapes that benefit beneficial insects. + Top Secret Japanese Beetle recipe

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