The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) – Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), recognized Earth Day by hosting a celebration. The 2019 theme, Netāēnawemākanank, “All My Relatives”, was celebrated as local school children attended the event to learn more about their non-human relatives.
SDI student interns, CMN faculty and staff, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin employees, and community groups volunteered their time throughout the day. Exhibits were set up across the Keshena campus to promote how each of us can be a better relative to the plants and animals with whom we share this planet. Visitors explored greenhouses, learned about soil health and composting near the Sustainable Development Institute. At the S. Verna Fowler library, students created a mural that represented the theme. As students walked along the Learning Path, located on campus behind the campus buildings, they heard about invasive species, archeology, and plant phenology. In addition, visitors learn about forest conservation, local animal species, Menominee Tribal Enterprise, and healthy living.
Participants collected Earth Day trading cards featuring some of our non-human relatives. The cards were created by Curtis Wilhelmi and Marissa Vele, students attending the college.