Normally "Earth Day" doesn't scream "party." It doesn't even whisper it, actually, for all its nobility. However Rewild Portland does excellent work to make environmentalism messy, fun, even a little edgy. Their programs for kids and adults include the opportunity to learn how to trap/kill, skin, and eat nutria (cute, but an invasive threat to native species) and an overnight camp where you can send your kids to sleep in shelters they construct themselves out of forest materials—some of which I did long ago with Rewild's Peter Bauer, in case you feel like fooling around in the archives.
Anyhow, Rewild is having an Earth Day party that actually sounds fun and interesting: It features a presentation by Dr Nicole Apelian's experience with the Naro Bushmen hunter-gatherers of Botswana's Kalahari Desert, live music (Peter Rainbeau, Jordan Harris, Medallion), demonstrations of skills like fire starting, basket weaving, and knife making, a silent auction, and more. It's going down this Tuesday, April 22 at Mississippi Studios from 6 pm-close with a $10-25 sliding entrance fee.
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