Reduce – Reuse – Recycle

Paper towels

An easy way to celebrate Earth Day when sheltering at home is to look around and see what common, items you might be able to reduce, recycle or reuse. In the DuBois Center office, one could say that we reuse paper towels and toilet paper. GROSS, but partially true. Throughout the facilities, we use larger, commercial-sized rolls of these two products. It’s never good for campers or guest to run out, so we try to replace them before the rolls get to that point. But what about what’s left over? These are taken to the office bathroom. It may not be pretty, but it does cut down on waste.

What are you doing at home to reduce waste?

Meteor Showers & Earth Day 2020

Earth Day

April showers aren’t just for flowers! Look up in the sky and you might catch sight of the Lyrid meteor shower. The prime date this year is Earth Day – April 22 in the pre-dawn hours. The moon is in the Waning Crescent phase – great for dark skies and star gazing. Set your alarm for EARLY! Then turn off all the lights inside and outside your home. Dress warmly, bring a blanket and find a dark spot in a corner of your back yard or in an isolated spot nearby and enjoy! At its peak, 10-20 meteor per hour are expected.

Fun Fact: It’s reported that this meteor shower has made an appearance every April for the past 2,700 years! To learn more, check out these two websites: EarthSky and StarDate.

Work Day Update

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It was a soggy Earth Day, but nothing dampened the spirits of the hardworking crew that turned out for the April Service Saturday. A HUGE THANKS to volunteers from Christ UCC in Dupo, Evangelical UCC in Highland, St. Jacob UCC and St. Paul UCC in Waterloo.

Painting projects ranged from fence boards and picnic table seats to cottage bathrooms. Grimy chairs were deep cleaned, drop ceiling tiles replaced, and new fascia installed on some of the rustic cabins. This down and dirty work makes a significant difference! We are thankful for the new friends and their gifts of time and talent.

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Celebrate Earth Day at DuBois Center

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April 22 is Earth Day! What better way to celebrate than with a Service Saturday at DuBois Center? Get outside with family and friends and help prepare this sacred space to welcome hundreds of campers and guests this spring and summer. Paint, prune, build, rake, clean, stack; there will be projects for volunteers of varied ages and abilities. If you or your group has a special skill, let us know ahead of time and we can plan a project for you!

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We’ll gather between 8:30 am and 8:45 am, and finish up around 4 p.m. Lunch is provided. Because we try to plan projects based on the specialized skills our volunteers bring, please RSVP by Monday, April 17. To register, please use this form, call 618-787-2202, or email us at Supplies for general projects will be provided, but if you have specialized or professional tools/ equipment, please bring them along! See the Service Saturday flyer for more information.

Remember – if this date doesn’t work for you or your group, call the office to schedule your own work day (or even a work week or part-week!). Work days can also be scheduled as part of a larger retreat.