Wetlands Festival

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Date(s) - 05/25/2019 - 05/26/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Environmental Educational Center


More of the Wolf Lake watershed will be used at this year’s 16th annual Wolf Lake Bi-State Wetlands Wind & Water festival on May 25-26th, 2019. Sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI), this year’s festival will include events at Powderhorn Lake and Prairie in Burnham, IL.

The Wetlands Wind & Water Festival begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, at the Environmental Education Center, 2405 Calumet Avenue, Hammond.  Winners of the poster contest will be honored at 9:00 a.m.  That will be followed by a tour of the building.
There will be a Wildlife Walk: canoeing, fishing and kite flying.
     A 40-year history
about the bands and choirs sponsored by U.S. Steel’s Gary Works and South Works mills will be featured May 25 at AWLI’s 18th annual Wolf Lake Bi-State Wetlands Wind & Water Festival. Kuzniar will speak Saturday at the Environmental Education Center, 2405 Calumet Avenue, Hammond.  
Rowing Demonstration: Dr. Joan Crist of  Calumet College of St. Joseph will conduct a demonstration with the help of the college’s rowing crew.  Onlookers will be invited to wade out to inspect the shell.  Crist coaches the crew. The college has two shells, one for a single rower and one that sits four rowers.
   And there will be a discussion on Wolf Lake and Its Watershed.


Afternoon activities will be held at Powderhorn Lake, just east of the intersection of Brainard and Burnham Avenues, Burnham, Il.  The fishing clinic begins at 1 p.m.  Canoeing starts at 1:30 p.m., followed by kite flying and face painting.  The event ends at 4 p.m. Canoes are provided by the NWI Paddlers Association.
  ILLINOIS ACTIVITIES ON SUNDAY: Beginning at 7 a.m.m a sunrise service by at the William Powers State Fish & Wildlife Area, Chicago, located at 12949 S Avenue O, Chicago, IL 60633.   The service, performed near the obelisk near the visitor’s Center, will feature an ecumenical choir and color guard.
       There will be a two-hour bike tour of the bi-state lake. Sunday begins at 7a.m on the Chicago side of Wolf Lake with a Sunrise Worship service.
   The service will include an ecumenical choir directed by Mary Kuzniar and a color guard formed by Cub Scout Pack 733 of Annunciata Church. Breakfast for participants follows at 8 a.m. at the Environmental Education Center. 
   A brief history of Wolf Lake by Michael Boos of AWLI.  He will lead a bike ride through the Wolf Lake watershed to conclude the festival.
   AWLI is a bi-state, not-for-profit organization and land trust seeking to improve and protect the Wolf Lake watershed.  For more information, contact Michael Boos at 219-933-7149 or 312-220-0120. More info and exact times and schedule can be found at www.wolflakeinitiative.org