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Earth Day Festival

  • Bayview Corner 5642 Bayview Road Langley, WA, 98260 United States (map)

Celebrate Earth Day Whidbey style. Join us for earth-centric exhibitors, children's activities, lessons, lectures, and more! The theme for this year is "Get Outside & Take Action, so join us on Saturday, April 21st from 12 to 4 PM to learn how you can get involved and make a difference!

Schedule

12:00 PM - Keynote Speaker - Climate Science: The Interrelationship of it All by Dr. Randall Berthold, Bayview Hall

12:45 PM - Community Peace Picture, Farmers Market lot

1 PM - 4 PM - Workshops and Lectures, Bayview School Building & Sears House (see below for details)

12 PM - 4 PM - Exhibitors, Bayview Hall & lot between Hall and Corner

1 PM - 4 PM - Children's activities throughout area

2 PM - 4 PM - Music - Wild Man Cooley

11 AM - 5 PM - Rags, Rubbish, & Refuse: Artists Who Get Dirty exhibit, Bayview Cash Store

Exhibitors

  • Bayview Bikes
  • Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Coupeville Farm to School
  • DNR - Shorelines
  • Good Cheer
  • Greening Congregations Collaborative
  • Island Transit
  • South Whidbey Tilth
  • Whidbey Audubon
  • Whidbey Camano Land Trust
  • Whidbey Institute
  • Whidbey Sun & Wind
  • Whidbey Watershed Stewards
  • WSU Noxious Weeds program
  • and more!

Presentations

Keynote: Climate Science: The Interrelationship of it All by Dr. Randall Berthold

Bayview Hall Main Stage, 12 PM

The interrelationship of all earth systems must be studied as a whole to understand the impacts and mechanisms of climate change. Scientists no longer conduct research within only one discipline. For the geologist to understand coastal inundation, for oceanographers to understand ocean acidification and oxygen depletion zones, for biologists to understand ecosystem collapse and biological adaption they need to collaborate with each other and with those studying “ice”.  The role and impact of retreating polar ice caps and glaciers is a fundamental element. With out understanding the impact of less ice on solar reflectivity and the release of sequestered carbon it is impossible to understand changing sea surface temperatures and their affects on ocean circulation and weather patterns.

For over 25 years Dr. Berthold managed climate research projects for NASA. He was responsible for all field operations and data collection conducted for funded scientists from a broad range of disciplines, in diverse extreme environments all over the world. To enable the research parallel efforts were required for the development of new and emerging technologies and instrumentation. 

Studies ranged from the mapping of gases and aerosols emitted by volcanos, identifying the impacts of climate change in coastal ecosystems across the Pacific and Caribbean, profiling and baselining Arctic sea ice, to the exploration of the ecosystems of high-altitude summit lakes in the Andes to understand microbial life’s adaptation to challenging environments.

A Hawaiian blessing to create sacred space

Bayview Farmers Market Lot, 12:35 PM

Gather on the south side of the Bayview Hall for a special greeting by Mokihana Calizar. Mokihana Calizar is a Native Hawaiian storyteller, writer-blogger and makua o'o (elder in training) born and raised on O'ahu. She is of Filipino, Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry with a long history of connection with the Pacific Northwest. Mokihana and her husband Pete Little live in a Gypsy-style wagon they built in 2008 to accommodate the changing realities of Environmental Illness and chemical sensitivities. 

Why all the excitement about Electric Vehicles? 

Bayview School Building, 1:15 PM

Tony Billera, Citizens Climate Lobby chapter leader and advanced transportation consultant, will provide information and considerations about current Electric Vehicles now available,  ownership cost/benefit, residential EVSE equipment and charging networks, evolving transportation electrification, upcoming vehicles, and Q&A 

Salish Seas’ Charismatic Microflora & Fauna -- Life’s Struggles in a Changing Climate

Sears House, 1:15 PM

Whidbey Watershed Stewards’ Executive Director Rick Baker discusses changing conditions in the Salish Sea, growth limiting stresses on our planktonic community and possible future affects up the food chain.

Whidbey Watershed Stewards, an organization focused on K – 12, environmental watershed education, public outreach, research and habitat restoration.

Before retiring to Whidbey Island, Rick Baker was the Vice President and Director of Education at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA. The Ocean Institute is an informal science education center. Rick also taught Oceanography at Palomar College in San Marcus, CA.

Introduction to Low Impact Development (LID)

Bayview School Building, 2:15 PM

Low impact development emphasizes reducing stormwater runoff and accompanying pollutant transport by techniques that allow stormwater to absorb into the ground. This class introduces various techniques to reduce stormwater run-off including reduction of impervious surfaces, creation of rain gardens, dispersion methods green roofs, and pin foundations.

Brad is a Civil Engineering graduate of WSU, who works for the City of Oak Harbor as their Stormwater Engineer, and as a Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM).  He holds certifications from WSU and from the Department of Ecology in Low Impact Development (LID) design and is a certified pervious concrete technician.  He has 21 years of post graduation experience in civil engineering and stormwater design. He has spent time on Whidbey island since 1986 and became an island resident in 2003.   

Car*less Commuting, that’s how we roll into a carbon-less future.

Sears House, 2:15 PM

Transportation is responsible for roughly 28% of Greenhouse gas emissions. How do we plan for a carbon-less future on a city scale, town scale and a human scale? See local examples of people friendly habitats that encourage low carbon living. Examine transportation options and technologies that steer us away from single occupancy vehicles. Share your ideas, concerns and experiences. Save money, get exercise, make friends, pollute less, stress less and enjoy the ride. Let’s discover what happens when we bus, bike or walk our talk. 

Maribeth Crandell has walked, biked and bused to work for a decade. She’s taken some low carbon vacations in the Northwest and beyond. Now she works as Mobility Specialist for Island Transit, to spread the joy, share the love of public transit.

Weeds of Whidbey: Exploring noxious weeds and management

Bayview School Building, 3:15 PM

Plants are perhaps one of the most critical players in our ever changing environment. They can be both extremely fragile and highly adaptable. Noxious weeds destroy biological diversity, decrease forage, increase erosion, and decrease land values across Island County. In this talk we will explore a host of Whidbey’s most prevalent invaders, tools and techniques for specific invasive species, and examining management principles in which we go about controlling invasive plant species. Through this we can become key contributors in creating a healthy and happy island home not only for ourselves but for future generations as well.

Seth Luginbill currently serves as the Noxious Weed Program Coordinator for the Island County Noxious Weed Control Board. Seth comes with a background in botany and natural resource management. He has spent most of his professional career working in restoration of native glacial outwash prairie and Garry oak ecosystems both here in Washington, as well as in British Columbia. 

Bike Maintenance with Bayview Bikes

Sears House, 3:15 PM

Discover some spring maintenance tips for any sort of bicycle, and advice on the best places to ride or commute on Whidbey Island. Afterwards, enjoy an open Q&A with Michael for answers to your specific questions and needs.

Bayview Bicycles is a community bike shop offering sales, service, and rentals. We are an authorized Specialized dealer.

Music

Island Strings

1 - 1:30 PM

An all-island string ensemble for young musicians led by Roxallanne Medley.

Paul Arand, Electric Keyboard

1:30 - 2 PM

Wild Man Cooley

2 - 4 PM

Wild Man Cooley is a “new band composed of old musicians”, playing a classic mix of western swing and upbeat jazz tunes.  The string-based 6-piece group features the smooth guitar stylings of John Koschnick; lead vocals, rhythm uke, and cornet by Rick Castellano; upright bass by Fran Einterz; vocals and accordion, Peggy Moe; vocals and antics by David Howell; and Dr. Peter Keating - a multi-talented rhythm banjo strummer, who also sings lead and backup, while providing drums, cymbals, and tambourine – all simultaneously!

The band is named after a hobo from the Great Depression, who was a loner and “marched to his own beat”.   Band leader and vocalist Rick Castellano said “Our name exemplifies our musical style.  We play a fun, very danceable mix of Western Swing and classic jazz, arranged in our unique style for a small – but very energetic group.  We love the sound, and hope you will too!” 

Earlier Event: April 14
Welcome the Whales Parade & Festival
Later Event: April 27
Prairie Days (First Weekend)