MLK Community Coalition of Lebanon, Ohio

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Welcome to the MLK Lebanon Virtual Earth Day Fair!

This virtual event featured local and regional organizations that support Earth Day, conservation, ecology, nature, and the environment.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

For the complete schedule of events, click here.
 

MLK Earth Day T-shirts for sale!

LIMITED TIME OFFER!!!! 


WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!!



Proceeds to benefit the Little Miami Conservancy.

$25.00 total cost including shipping.

Sizes available:

SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE, X-LARGE, 2-X

 

Earth Day Tips and To-Do-List Ideas

 

Educational Videos

 

Explore topics of Diversity, Equity, & Justice related to Earth Day

 

Visit our virtual Earth Day Fair booths!

Adventure Crew

About:  Open the doors of nature for city teens to strengthen their connection with self and others and create the next generation of healthy outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.

Current Projects:  Saturday outdoor adventures for urban teens, Crew Cares nature therapy


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ArtScape Lebanon

About:  ArtScape Lebanon unites and empowers our community through the arts.


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The Black Barn
About:  The Black Barn is a greenhouse and farm market business that is set in a 150 year old Shaker built barn. 16 greenhouse are located on site where bedding plants, hanging baskets, annuals, perennnials, and nursery stock is grown. Located on site is also 10 acres of vegetable production that includes tomatos, sweet corn, peppers, melons,cucumbers, cabbage, zucchini, pumpkins and more. The Black Barn has been in business since 1972.

Caesar Creek Lake

About: Caesar Creek Lake operates for flood reduction, recreation, water supply, fish and wildlife conservation and to augment natural low flow conditions downstream of the dam in the interest of water quality. The lake serves as one unit within the Corps of Engineers comprehensive plan for the Ohio River Basin, to reduce flood stages downstream.

Current projects: The Caesar Creek Visitor Center is in the first Phase of opening.  New displays are under construction.  For now the lobby is opened 8-4 every day to ask questions and speak to a ranger.

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City of Lebanon, Ohio

About:  To enhance the quality of life in our community by providing high-quality and cost-effective services, while maintaining the public trust through sound stewardship of our resources.

Current Projects:  Together We Thrive: A Community Wellness Initiative. Together We Thrive is about creating a vibrant community through all aspects of healthy living. This includes physical activity, mental health, nutrition, stress management, importance of sleep routines and more. 

Lebanon Parks Wellness Challenge. 

Lebanon Parks is challenging you to get outside and enjoy the spring weather with the Lebanon Parks Wellness Challenge, where you’ll explore Lebanon’s 17 unique parks that cover over 600 acres. The Lebanon Parks Wellness Challenge includes activities that are fun for all ages, ranging from having a picnic in a Lebanon Park to hiking or biking a 3.6 mile section of the Lebanon Countryside Trail. Complete the challenges and win prizes (prize options for all ages). The Lebanon Parks Wellness Challenge runs from April 1 – September 11,

Lebanon Community Conversations. Sponsored by the City of Lebanon and in partnership with Hakim Oliver, Lebanon Community Conversations - Bridging Stories is intended to facilitate positive interaction and conversations to build a stronger community. Participants will be led through discussions and introspective activities during each session to recognize what makes each person unique through their history and experiences, and learn how we can create a vibrant, inclusive and understanding community. 

The City’s Parks Department also has a wide variety of programming scheduled for our parks including educational events, family-fun events, volunteer days and free fitness classes. Information about all programs can be found on our website, lebanonohio.gov.

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Creation Justice Ministries

About: Creation Justice Ministries educates, equips and mobilizes Christian communions/denominations, congregations and individuals to protect, restore, and rightly share God's creation.

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Friends of Caesar Creek

About: An independent, volunteer organization dedicated to supporting educational and environmental concerns of the Caesar Creek Lake Park through public educational programs, activities and financial support. 

New project Summary – Helping prairie re-establishment  to effectively improve aged native prairie habitat for pollinators and wildlife.  The prairie habitat will be renovated, setting back succession and eliminating invasive species.  The work will include developing methods and techniques,  that will improve the diversity and quality of habitat for pollinators and wildlife.  Early prairie plantings at Caesar Creek had limited diversity and few forbs, which are desirable and critical for pollinators.  The project will introduce and re-plant a variety of high quality plants that will specifically benefit pollinators and improve the wildlife and recreational benefits of the 45 acres of prairies at Caesar Creek Lake.

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Gorman Heritage Farm

About:  Gorman Heritage Farm is to educate about agriculture, nutrition, sustainability, and the environment.

Current Projectsself guided tours, school field trips, group tours, virtual programs, farm-to-classroom, community and family programs, scout programs, Row by Row Dinner, Sunflower Festival


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Miller Ecological Park

Japanese Friendship Garden

About: The Will and Harriet Miller Ecological Park is a city park in Lebanon, Ohio. In 1993, Edwin and Margaret Miller sold the property to Lebanon City at a reduced cost so that a park would be built here in memory of parents, Will and Harriet Miller. During the development of the 2008 City of Lebanon Master Plan for City Parks, it was decided that Miller Park would become an Ecological Park. A fund was created through the Warren County Foundation in August 2009 to support projects that would assist in building the park.

Current Project: Miller Ecological Park in Lebanon, OH and Matsunami Park in Ishinomaki, Japan are Friendship Parks.  To further celebrate this friendship, as well as provide a place of peaceful beauty, mental health wellness and continual respect for nature and the native ecology,  plans for a Japanese-style friendship garden are in the works for Miller Park.  Please help us make this gift of nature for our community possible by making a donation or by volunteering your time.

When you click on the the Donate button, PLEASE CHOOSE THE DROP-DOWN,  JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP PARK.  

On the same page, if you choose to mail in a donation, PLEASE BE SURE TO DESIGNATE JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP PARK to make sure it gets to the proper designation. 


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Lebanon High School Ecology Club

About:   The Lebanon High School Ecology Club is a student-led organization geared towards making our school and community a more 

environmentally conscious and ecologically friendly place to be. From educating our members on the little ways they can make a difference to initiating large-scale projects, the LHS Ecology Club works to establish easy and affordable ways to keep our community sustainable and our carbon footprint low. 

Current ProjectBottle Cap project - Collecting bottle caps with which to create a bottle cap bench to put in Miller Park. To support this project, please drop off your collection of bottle caps at the Lebanon High School office to the attention of Randi Michna.

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Lebanon High School LEOs

About: “Leadership, Experience, Opportunity.” That’s what makes a Leo. As the youngest members of Lions Clubs International, Leos embody the best qualities of our incredible organization. They are devoted young people who realize the power of action. Together, Leos and Lions form a powerful partnership — one of mutual respect where Lions learn from the innovative insights of Leos, and where Leos gain access to the proven strategies of those who’ve successfully served the world for decades.  The LHS LEOS is the student branch of the Lebanon Lions Club, Lebanon, Ohio, USA.

Current Project:  Our Leo Club is working on a recycling project in conjunction with Trex to build a bench. WE NEED BAGS!! We need to collect 300 more pounds in the next 3 months. See the poster below for the kind of bags we need. Sibcy Cline has a drop off box or you can drop off inside the door at Lebanon Krogers after you weigh them and let us know how many pounds dropped off.  

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Little Miami Conservancy

About: The Little Miami Conservancy (LMC), formerly known as Little Miami, Inc. (LMI), was founded in 1967 as a 501c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic River. 

Current ProjectsAnnually LMC holds the Lower Little Miami Clean Sweep, removing tires and trash, returning the Little Miami to its "wild and scenic nature"  Join us by emailing your interest to partee@littlemiami.com.


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The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans About: The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans exists to 1) preserve, honor, and promote American Indian culture; 2) raise awareness of issues faced by Native Americans today; 3) build bridges between cultures; and 4) foster right relationship with all beings.
Current Projects: Preserve the Native American Indian culture through exhibits and cultural dances.

    Preserve the spirituality through ceremonies, spiritual dances, and the preservation of Sacred Grounds. Heighten public awareness through education, the annual Keeping Of The Tradition Pow Wow, an Elders' Speak Program, and Press Releases.

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Ohio State University Extension,

Warren County

About: We create opportunities for people to explore how science-based knowledge can improve social, economic, and environmental conditions.

Current Projects: 

Going Green: go.osu.edu/going-green-in-warren-co

OSU Extension web page with local recycling information and initiatives in and around Warren County with the intent to reduce the amount of waste going into the garbage.

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Rivers Edge Outfitters
About: Rivers Edge Outfitters provides the highest quality canoe, kayak and raft trips on the Little Miami River. It is located on 45 acres of beautiful riverfront property along one of the least crowded and most secluded sections of the Federal and State Designated Scenic Little Miami River. Rivers Edge Outfitters is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Dayton, 45 minutes from Cincinnati and a quick one hour drive from Columbus.
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Thimble Gardens

About: Thimble Gardens in Historic Lebanon brings you an eclectic array of home goods and botanical. Local Handmade Artisans under one roof to offer amazing one of a kind items and workshops.


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SPONSORED BY:

Gold Sponsor: David Poliachik 


Silver Sponsor: St. Patrick's Episcopal Church


Bronze Sponsors: Steve Brady, Brooke Handley, Darlene McLain, Miami Valley Council of Native Americans, Tim Siddall, Black Barn, Buckeye Eco Care


Friends - Dianne Knapp, MaryEllen Haynes, Wendy Monroe, Gail Rash, Laura Stanton, ArtScape Lebanon, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, Thimble Gardens


Donors
- Kathy Haller, Jerry Herbst, Susan Singleton

In-Kind: Gail Rash, River's Edge Outfitters, Mulberry St. Books, Ace Hardware, Gorman Heritage Farm, Sharefax Credit Union,  Friends of Caesar's Creek, Bethany United Church of Christ, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Bethel AME Church, Countryside YMCA,  Ohio State University Extension Office-Warren County, Bishop Bicycles