Sura Faraj on Intraurban Eco-Tourism Destinations

  • Greenfolks Garden

  • Kellner’s Greenhouse

  • Growing Power

  • The Domes

  • The Farm at the House of Corrections in franklin

  • The Biodiesel Co-op

  • Urban Ecology Center

  • Garden Park

Summer Vacation Ideas Post at Paths to Sustainable Future Yahoo Group

Posted by: “Nicole Bickham” nbickham
Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:42 pm (PDT)
Why fly to faroff places, when we have so many incredible places to see and
things to do in Wisconsin? Here are some off-the-beaten-path ideas for
summer travel and learning:

Midwest Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair

June 20–22
Custer (near Stevens Point)

Since its inception in 1990, the Energy Fair has shown 190,000 fairgoers how
to change the world while having fun. Each summer the Fair transforms rural
Custer, Wisconsin into the global hot spot for renewable energy education.
The Energy Fair is the world’s largest renewable energy, energy efficiency,
and sustainable living educational event of its kind. The Energy Fair
features hundreds of workshops and exhibits all emphasizing clean energy &
sustainable living and is fun for the whole family. Bus travel available
from Milwaukee.

Woodlanders Gathering at Shake Rag Alley

July 11–14
Mineral Point

Join us in America’s heartland for 3 and a half action packed days filled
with over 50 workshops, demonstrations, networking, music, fun and
fellowship. The GATHERING is for folks from all over, from beginner to pros,
people who love nature and are interested in creating with natural materials
like twigs, willow, gourds, pine needles, stone, leather, and lots more.
It’s a casual and creative time, kind of a summer camp for adults. Mineral
Point is an artists community of historic 1840s stone buildings encircled by
scenic wooded hills and small dairy farms. Shake Rag Alley, a non-profit
arts education organization, is a cluster of quaint log and stone buildings
around an ancient spring surrounded by trees and lush vegetation.

Kickapoo Country Fair

July 26–27
This rural heritage and farming festival will be a showcase of rural
cultural traditions, farm and garden exhibits, music, dance, arts, natural
and organic foods and cooking, green housing and renewable energy, community
health and education, environmental responsibility, and eco-development. The
all-weekend event will feature organic farm tours, farmers and farm animals,
sustainability workshops, hiking, Butter Churn Bike Tour, food and artisan
vendors, not-for-profit exhibitors, family “farm-friendly” activities,
all-day music and entertainment, and dancing!

Lake Superior Traditional Ways Gathering

Aug 17–23

The gathering is held on the shores of Lake Superior adjacent to an
incredible remote beach with northern hardwood forests, Black Ash bogs,
grassy campsites, traditional wigwams and a modern ceremonial roundhouse.
Many past participants say this is the most beautiful gathering spot they’ve
ever been to. Skills and topics presented stem from traditional cultures
around the world, including wilderness survival, basketry, wild edible &
medicinal plants, animal tracking, and more. Special workshops for children.

Driftless Folk School


At the Driftless Folk School we aim to make the skills and knowledge
necessary for simpler living more widely available to the people of the
Driftless Region and beyond. We are rooted in Vernon County, between the
Mississippi and the Kickapoo Rivers at the heart of the Driftless Region.
Join us to explore traditional and contemporary strategies for sustainable
living, to experience the beauty of the region through the arts and natural
history, and to participate in an ongoing dialogue on meaningful issues and
ideas in the classroom, in the garden, or over the dinner table. Summer 2008
courses will cover herbal medicine, off-grid living, blacksmithing for kids,
food preservation, broom and basketmaking, cheese making, natural building,
and more.

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

Sept 5–7, 2008
Jefferson County Fair Park
$5/adult, kids free

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