Work Play Earth Day at Lapham Peak State Park

Work Play Earth Day 2012 - Volunteers at Lapham Peak State Park
A cold, windy, rainy, drizzly, day did not deter a stalwart group of over 100 volunteers from working at Lapham Peak State Park, in Delafield, WI, on Saturday, April 28, 2012.. Young and young at heart took part in Wisconsin's Work Play Earth Day.
After a flag ceremony,  the area scouts, their leaders and parents, local volunteers, Friends group members and Friends of Wisconsin State Park Board members met at the newly renovated Hausmann Nature center to coordinate activities. Trails were cleaned of litter and downed branches were piled. Garlic mustard was also removed in area of the park.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board members constructed park benches and installed them along the trails. In addition to participating in the yearly Work Play Earth Day, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks sponsored this event. The 2012, events are held on April 14, 21, 27, 28, and May 5 at 18 properties around the state. 
“Last year more than 250 volunteers donated more than 1,200 hours cleaning up and maintaining parks and trails,” says Patty Loosen, Friends group coordinator for the Wisconsin State Parks Program. “This year we have 18 parks,forests, trails and Wildlife Areas participating - double the number from last year!”. Activities around the state include: planting trees and shrubs, painting picnic tables, installing benches, raking and clearing up leaves and pine needles, cleaning campgrounds and pulling invasive plants.
A Few Friends of Lapham Peak 
Afterward, the Lapham Peak volunteers were treated to a tasty lunch from the Lapham Peak Friends Group.  A selection of Prizes including (4) $50 Cabela's gift cards and a gift certificate from Wild Birds Unlimited from Delafield were raffled off.  Other event sponsors were REI-Brookfield, Whole Foods, Willy Street Coop and Costco -Pewaukee.  Many thanks to the Friends of Lapham Peak and the park staff for hosting this event.  A great time was had by all!

Gaylord Nelson and the First Earth Day

Senator Gaylord Nelson, a conservation-minded Democrat from Wisconsin, first proposed making environmental protection a national priority. In 1963, he convinced President Kennedy to go on a national conservation tour, That same year, Nelson introduced legislation to ban DDT: not one single member of Congress joined him.
Speaking at a conference in Seattle in September of 1969, Nelson proposed that in the spring of 1970 there would be a coast-to-coast grassroots demonstration on behalf of environmental concerns -- and in Nelson's words, "The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters."
People across the country had apparently been looking for an outlet to express their growing environmental consciousness. Nelson also took out a full-page ad in The New York Times in January of 1970, announcing that Earth Day would take place on Wednesday, April 22. The date was chosen because of its timing with student class schedules, warmer weather and no competing holidays.
Thus, Earth Day was born.