Celebrate Earth Day with learning at the Duluth Children’s Museum

Families were able to celebrate Earth Day with lots of interactive learning with their children at the Duluth Children’s Museum.

Earth Day is a time to learn how to get the most out of our planet. At the Duluth Children’s Museum, kids can learn how to take better care of the environment in small ways.

Drew Jensen, executive director of the Duluth Children’s Museum, said there are plenty of simple ways to teach children how to be more sustainable.

“Children are truly our future. So it’s really important to teach them positive ways to help our environment at a young age,” said Jensen. “So events like this, or events held at school, really provide the foundation for being good environmental stewards in the future.”

Jensen also said the museum is bringing back an engaging summer activity that allows children to learn more about gardening.

“A novelty we started here at the museum last summer is a pollinator garden,” says Jensen. “So this week we unveiled our plants, and in the coming weeks we will be replanting here at the museum. Making sure that the plants we planted last year come back and really create a beautiful green space.”

Lorilee Blais, the Environmental Program Coordinator at WLSSD, (Western Lake Superior Sanitary District) showed children sustainable stationery.

“When you sharpen the pencil, it’s made of wrapped newspaper, so it gets recycled,” Blais said. ‘Then we have pens here. The barrel is made from recycled water bottles. So we are talking about closing the circle.”

Blais also said parents can bond with their children by learning how to be more environmentally friendly.

“Kids go home and tell their parents what to do,” Blais said. “Parents learn from their children what they need to do to protect the earth. We have one earth, we must do what is right to protect it.”

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