Earth Day 2013

Mobilize the EarthEach year near the end of April, Earth Day is celebrated.  Around this day, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day events. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. Together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part.

Celebrate Earth Day 2013 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Sunday, April 21 from 1:30-5pm. Join our Earth Day activities to explore the ways we can protect our planet to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for our children.

This event is FREE and open to all ages.


Schedule of Events

  • 2:00pm– Recyclable Kite Contest (See links below)
  • 2:30pm– “Go Fly a Kite!” – All are invited to fly their favorite kites
  • 3:30pm-Raffle prize drawings
  • 4:00 pm– Rehabbed Bird of Prey Release (contigent upon bird’s health)


Continuous Activities/Exhibits Throughout the Event…
  • Electro-Cycle Ride…Do you have the Power?
  • Recycling/Sustainability Exhibit with Giveaways
  • Solar Bake Oven from Heartland Farm
  • Solar Griddle by G.R.E.A.T.
  • Kite Fly-In
  • Exhibits and Test Drives of Alternative Energy Vehicles
    (Great Bend HS’s Electric Racer; Chevy Malibu eAssist from Dove Chevrolet/Buick/Cadillac)
  • Hoisington High School Recycled Art project
  • Science and Technology exhibits by Ellinwood and Great Bend High School Students
  • Outdoor Scavenger Hunt with Prizes
  • Photo Exhibition by Noted Local Wildlife Photographer Dr. Dan Witt of “Marsh Musings” in Great Bend Tribune
  • Heirloom Gardening Exhibit
  • “Recycle Race” with the Great Bend Zoo
  • Bat Houses exhibit by Kansas Wildlife Federation
  • Composting with Worms Exhibit by Dominican Sisters
  • Rosewood Services Organic Gardening Techniques Exhibit
  • Sunflower Diversitfied Presents their “Recycle Bin” Mascot for Kids, Recycling Information and Drawings for Earth Day T-Shirts
  • Free Earth Day “Sustainability Gifts” from local organizations and businesses

Event jointly produced by:

Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Grassroots Environmental Action Team
Heartland Farms

Contact the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at 877-243-9268  for more details

Recyclable Kite Contest Links

Find out more about what items are recycled locally.

Sunflower Diversified Services

Barton County Solid Waste Department

Additional links to information about making kites, including from recycled materials:

Kites in the Classroom

Kite Plans Base

Go Fly a Kite!

How to Make a Box Kite