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Beastly puppets, tasty pancakes at Earth Day celebration at Prairie Woods

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Beastly puppets, tasty pancakes at Earth Day celebration at Prairie Woods
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

SPICER -- Beastly puppets, tasty pancakes and fun activities await you at the annual Earth Day celebration Saturday at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

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"Are You Thirsty?" is a puppet show presented at 10 a.m. by In the Heart of the Beast, a Minneapolis puppet theater company. A Spanish-language show will follow.

"Are You Thirsty?" demonstrates how much of the earth's water is available for drinking, compares tap and bottled water, and helps us understand ourselves as part of the urban water cycle -- bringing water issues vibrantly to life.

At 11 a.m. keynote speaker Stephen Lee of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will present dramatic slides and discussion about "pollution control -- history and future challenges."

Pancakes will be served until 10 a.m., and activities for all ages will continue until 1 p.m. with exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Visitors can browse booths about water quality, land management, renewable energy and other "green" topics. Free trees will be available while supplies last from Kandiyohi Soil and Water Conservation District, and a limited supply of rain barrels will be offered for sale.

Kids can get creative with tie-dying T-shirts, and adventurous by conquering the indoor climbing wall. They can try archery, see the DNR fish tank and build a wood duck box. Archaeology exhibits will include artifact identification and demonstrations by expert flint-knapper Joel Osmond.

Youth Energy Summit teams will have exhibits and projects highlighting the exciting energy action projects completed by youth throughout the region. Exhibit awards will be presented at noon.

Earth Day is sponsored by: Crow River Organization of Water, Hawk Creek Watershed Project, Kandiyohi Soil and Water Conservation District, Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District, North Fork Crow River Watershed District, Sha-kopee Creek Headwaters Project, Southwest Initiative Foundation and Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. For more information about the Earth Day Celebration or the Youth Energy Summit, call 320-354-5894 or see www.prairiewoodselc.org.

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