The public is invited to the Northeast Iowa March for Science, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Mary Christopher Park on East Water Street in Decorah.
The NE Iowa March for Science will be the centerpiece activity to Design Your Own Earth Day in Decorah, a day full of community events featuring live entertainment, educational activities and fun ways to support the community and planet.
Participants will join millions from around the globe--in 514 locations, including seven in Iowa, celebrating and supporting science.
Marchers can bring parade signs, dress in green, or create a fun science or Earth Day themed costume, hat or shirt. To prepare for the march, all are invited to a community sign making gathering Friday, April 21, from 3-6 p.m. at Lingonberry, 218 W. Water St. in Decorah.
Saturday’s march will follow a course down Water Street and end at the Courthouse steps for a Science Rally, including local speakers and entertainment. The keynote speaker will be Paul Johnson, retired farmer, former director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, former Iowa legislator and former chief of the United States Department of Agriculture Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Johnson will be joined by school children, teachers, research scientists and representatives from agriculture and industry. Local artists also will share their talents.
This gathering, sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust and Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities, is a non-partisan, all-inclusive event designed to highlight the importance of public support for science, public accessibility to science and evidence-based decision making, in alignment with the mission of the National March for Science (marchforscience.com).
The March is also a focal point of in Decorah. For more information on the march, earth day events and partners, visit: https://tinyurl.com/ku7cq2e or https://tinyurl.com/mnhw8oh

Saturday events
• 8 a.m.-11 a.m.: LION’S CLUB PANCAKES FOR THE PARKS breakfast at the John Cline Elementary School. All proceeds will be used to help purchase new trees for parks in Decorah. A tree planting demonstration will occur at approximately 9 a.m. in the area behind the softball diamonds near the city tennis courts.
• 10 a.m.: MONTGOMERY STREET TREE PLANTING Join the Decorah Tree Board at the Keystone AEA parking lot, 500 Ridgewood Dr. in Decorah just off Montgomery Street. Bring your own shovel if possible. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Fifty-four trees will be planted.
• All day: DECORAH CITYWIDE GARAGE SALES: Reduce, reuse, recycle
• EARTH DAY 2017 CLEAN UP at Winneshiek County Recycling: Get rid of your old humidifiers, tube TVs, air conditioners, and microwaves on Earth Day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
• 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: MARCH FOR SCIENCE AND RALLY
• Immediately after the march/rally: GARLIC MUSTARD PULLING with Friends of Decorah Parks. Meet at the library corner across the street from the courthouse immediately following the march/rally to find out more about where and when to meet to pull garlic mustard - and protect Decorah’s woodland flowers from this invasive species
• CELEBRATE THE DECORAH EAGLETS by stopping by Donlon Pharmacy & Toy Jungle to create your own felt eaglet puppet and construct a replica of their nests. Staff and materials will be available right after the march rally, and the live eagle cam will be showing throughout the day.
• CHECK OUT A SCIENCE OR EARTH BOOK AT DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY where a variety of science-themed books will be on display for checkout, and art materials will be available to create.
• DINE/SHOP IN DECORAH: Go to visitdecorah.com to make plans for the day

Afternoon schedule
• 1-2 p.m.: ROBOTICS AT DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY (located straight down the hall from Decorah High School main entry doors) Learn about and operate the robots created by the Decorah High School Robotics Club. These robots compete with those of over 12,000 teams from across the world to navigate an obstacle course, both autonomously and via driver controls. The robots and the arena from this year’s competition will be on display. The Robotics Club and their advisor Brett Wilker will be on hand to field questions about the programming and engineering process that goes into creating their robots.
• 1-2 p.m.: CODING AT DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY COMPUTING LAB: Try out computer coding at Decorah High School’s computer lab located adjacent to the library.Activities will be available from elementary entry level through challenges for experienced high school students. Allysen Lovstuen, instructor of Decorah High School’s computer science principles class, will be on hand to assist and answer questions.
• 1-4 p.m.: CITY OF DECORAH AND WINNESHIEK COUNTY CONSERVATION invite you to spend part of your Earth Day experiencing the Earth. An abundance of beautiful and diverse natural areas exist both within the city and beyond. Hike over 20 miles of trails in the Decorah Parks, Lake Meyer southeast of Calmar and at Seed Savers Exchange north of Decorah; mountain bike in Palisades or VanPeenan Park trails, canoe the Upper Iowa River, fish for trout in dozens of area streams, picnic in any public space. Visit winneshiekwild.com, parks.decorahia.org, and visitdecorah.com.
• All day: VISIT THE DNR FISH HATCHERY AND DECORAH’S BALD EAGLES: Open all day at 2325 Siewers Spring Rd, Decorah. Feed the trout and watch the eagles. Experts from the Raptor Resource Project will be on hand to answer questions.

Evening activities
• 5-7 p.m.: EARTH DAY CELEBRATION at Oneota Community Food Coop: Entertainment by Absolute Hoot with snacks available for purchase

5-7 p.m.: TREES FOREVER TREE GIVEAWAY - Winneshiek County Conservation. Stop by the Earth Day event at the Oneota Coop from 5-7 p.m. and receive a free small tree to plant.