Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Cost: $5/member and children 12 and under; $7/non-member adults; Free/children 2 and under
Reservations: Reservations not needed.
Description: No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Join us at Audubon for an day full of simple, easy ways that you can “green” your home, garden and car. Share your tips and practices and learn more.
Making choices that are better for the environment can often be overwhelming and confusing. But there are some easy steps that you can take in and around your home that will make you and the environment healthier. All day, there will be activities for all ages. Drop in to plant some lettuce to take home and enjoy. Make a coaster from old jeans or beads from magazines. Pick up a new-to-you book to enjoy.
Demonstration Tables- Visitors can view demonstrations and pick up information about cleaning product alternatives, make crafts with reusable and natural materials, repurpose old clothing, and plant food plants and native wildflowers and from.
Our special guests include:
I-86 Truck Repair & Auto Service-Learn easy car maintenance to increase your gas mileage.
Allegheny Cyclery- Get you cycling quesiton answered.
Western New York’s Energy $mart Communities Coordinator, Wendy Sanfilippo- Find out about easy ways to save energy in the home.
Planet Earth Catering Company- Get recipes for natural food dyes and information about catering with local, organic food for your next event.
Book Exchange- Bring in your old books for Audubon’s first used book exchange. Why throw it out when someone else might want it? Drop off books you have read and pick up a new used book. Books should be in good condition and should not contain inappropriate content.
Trail of Beauty- Get outside on our trails to view a temporary installation of our Trail of Beauty, based on Joseph Cornell’s popular nature activity. Signs are placed along the trail for visitors to read and reflect on the quotations and find inspiration from the natural surrounds.
Living Green Mural- We are interested in what choices others have made in their home to live a little lighter on the plant. Share your tips and green practices as part of our Living Green mural.
For more in-depth information, attend a scheduled program throughout the day. Programs run 30-45 min.
11:00am- Repurposing Old Clothes
With a little ingenuity that old t-shirt, pair of jeans or sweater can become a useful item, great gift, or fun décor! Make one item and leave with more ideas to take home and try.
11:30am- Green Tour of Audubon
The past few years, Audubon has taken a serious look at the energy bills and taken both large and small steps to reduce them. Take a tour of the building and find out what we’ve done and get ideas to save energy (and money) in your own home.
Noon- Nature at 3.5 mph
Studies have shown that spending time outside can be healing and relieve stress. Walk, at little faster pace, with a naturalist and see what is coming out for the spring. Along the route you can discover some interesting facts about our environment placed along the trail. (Remember those Burma Shave signs along the highways?)
1:00pm- Simple Car Maintenance with I-86
Rhonda, owner of I-86 Truck Repair and Auto Service will demonstrate some simple, routine vehicle maintenance to increase gas mileage, save you money and reduce emissions.
2:00pm- Green Tour of Audubon
The past few years, Audubon had taken a serious look at our energy bills and take both large and small steps to reduce them. Take a tour of the building and find out what we’ve done.
Also, Sunday, March 18th, 2012 1:00-3:00pm
Ruth’s House: Adventures of Building a Straw Bale House
Audubon’s president, Ruth Lundin and her husband Paul have made the big decision to build their retirement home- and their doing in the “greenest” way possible. Join Ruth on a tour of her work-in-progress to see the resource and energy saving methods they are using including straw bale insulation, a living roof and both passive and active solar energy.
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