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Earth Day Party for the Planet Celebration

April 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, mankind’s largest environmental movement to positively impact the planet. In honor of this major milestone, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is working with conservation partners to educate, energize, and mobilize citizens through community-based conservation engagement activities each Saturday during April. A full schedule of activities for the month is as follows:

April 4 - Earth Day Action at the Mathias Ham Historic Site: Community members are invited to assist with the removal of invasive Buckthorn and restoring natural habitat at the Mathias Ham Historic Site located at 2241 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque, Iowa, between 9 a.m. and noon. RSVP to Jared McGovern at 563-557-9545 x215 or jmcgovern@rivermuseum.com.

April 4 - Earth Day Conversation at Dimensional Brewing Company: Enjoy conservation conversation, live music, and a Conservation Cream Ale with staff from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and the Mississippi River Network at Dimensional Brewing Company located at 67 Main St, Dubuque, Iowa from 1-4 p.m.

April 11 - Earth Day Action at the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area: Community members are invited to assist with the removal of invasive Oriental Bittersweet between 9 a.m. and noon. Community members will meet at the north entrance parking area and are asked to RSVP to Jared McGovern at 563-557-9545 x215 or jmcgovern@rivermuseum.com.

April 18 - Earth Day Action at the Bee Branch: Community members will partner with the Bee Branch Bee Keepers at the 16th Street catch basin to participate in trash clean-up in partnership with the City of Dubuque between 9 a.m. and noon. RSVP to Jared McGovern at 563-557-9545 x215 or jmcgovern@rivermuseum.com to assist.

April 18 - Earth Day Conversation at Dimensional Brewing Company: Enjoy conservation conversation, live music, and a Conservation Cream Ale with staff from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and the Mississippi River Network at Dimensional Brewing Company located at 67 Main St, Dubuque, Iowa from 1-4 p.m.

April 25 - FREE Earth Day Party for the Planet Celebration in the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Plaza: Visitors will engage with a host of conservation organizations, explore ways to introduce conservation mindfulness into their own lives, and participate in games, crafts and activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the River Museum’s Plaza.

Booths and presenters continue to grow daily. More than 20 presenters are currently confirmed, and topics will include pollinator gardens, freshwater mussel research, outdoor recreation opportunities, waste reduction, sustainable schools, vermicomposting, water quality sampling, pesticide reduction, sustainable seafood, bee research, frog and snake research, and even a tiny home made by students in the Dubuque Community School District.

Guests will have an opportunity to participate in sidewalk chalk Earth art within the plaza, recycling and composting sorting relays, Earth themed story times, and mindfulness and meditation activities.

All outdoor Party for the Planet activities are FREE of charge. Indoor River Museum exhibits and the William M. Black dredge boat require general admission.                           

All activities and events are made possible with generous support from 1 Mississippi. All Earth Day Action events along with Party for the Planet are made possible through support from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums as well as the Disney Conservation Fund. For more information on Earth Day events and activities, visit rivermuseum.com/events or contact Jared McGovern, Curator of Conservation Programs, at 563-557-9545 x215 or jmcgovern@rivermuseum.com.

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