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UW-Green Bay Senior Seminar hosts pair of Earth Day-related events

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A UW-Green Bay senior class seminar is hosting two events in conjunction with Earth Day, inviting campus and community to express their thoughts and put an eco-friendly idea into action through the newly created Wild Phoenix Project.

The Democracy and Justice Studies program Senior Seminar will host a Wilderness Day event from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 in Phoenix Room A of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The art, photo and poetry competition encourages attendees to share their thoughts on the question “What Does Wilderness Mean to You?” with the goal of creating a dialogue about preservation, conservation and environmental issues. A Wilderness Day ice cream fundraiser will help pay for prairie grass seed for the students’ second event, the Baird Creek Restoration Day on April 26. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Baird Creek Restoration Day event will kick off at 8:30 a.m. April 26 at Christa McAuliffe Park, 3100 Sitka St., Green Bay. Working with local high school students, the UW-Green Bay student organizers will spread native prairie grass seed and facilitate a dialogue on the importance of wilderness and conservation. Seminar class members are speaking to area high school students in the weeks leading up to the event, spreading the word and recruiting helpers for Restoration Day. The event will last until noon, and participants are asked to bring rakes.

Wild Phoenix Project organizers have met their initial fundraising goal, but are continuing to collect money to purchase additional seeds for Baird Creek. All donations go directly to the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation. To contribute, or to send campaign organizers a message, visit www.gofundme.com/7brfqw. The Wild Phoenix Project is on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Wildphoenixproject), Twitter (https://twitter.com/UWGBWildPhoenix) and Instagram (WildPhoenixProject).

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