For the past three years Lori Harasem has been helping to clean up "mother earth" on Mother's Day. The event was pushed to May 16th this year because of wet weather. The annual coulee clean up is organised by the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and sponsored by the Moonlight Run, BFI, Park Place, and Pratt and Whitney. Individuals can set up public or private clean up events and the supplies - gloves, bags, first aid kits etc. - are supplied by the Coulee Centre. Last year over 550 bags of garbage were collected. The event was inspired to create increased awareness about environmental protection and wildlife habitat through the removal of garbage in Lethbridge's natural landscape. The program is volunteer driven and there is a list of drop in events that you can attend here - over 1,000 volunteer hours have been donated to the program so far. All participants are entered to win the grand prize draw: the use of a ten trailer RV for one full year courtesy of Eldorado RV. The Galt event for the clean up includes refreshments and free exhibit access for anybody who assists in the clean up.
Meanwhile, the Green Team at the Galt Museum & Archives is also working on other projects to help "green" our museum and raise awarness about the history of waste. Danielle, our Katimavik student, researched our consumer choices in areas of diapers, reusable bags, and disposable cutlery and made a display for Earth Day this year. Bobbie Fox, a Galt Museum staff person, made an exhibit on the history of waste and recycling that is on display until the end of the month. Stay tuned for future green programs at the museum.