Virginia Woulfe-Beile of the Sierra Club assists festival-goers at the 2014 Riverbend Earth Day Festival.
GODFREY — This year’s Riverbend Earth Day Festival is set for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18.
The fourth annual event offers local entertainment, food vendors, artisans’ market, environmental education and more. The festival, sponsored by St. Clair Beekeepers Association, The Gateway Gardener, Pearl Pro Audio, Madison County Planning and Development and River Bend Yoga, will once again be at Piasa Harbor, owned by the Great Rivers Land Trust along the Great River Road.
The Nature Institute is partnering with the Sierra Club, the Great Rivers Land Trust, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center/Lewis and Clark Community College and the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau for this day of live music, local food, nature activities, electronic recycling and more. This event will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. Please note that the electronic recycling drive will be held from noon to 4 p.m. only; items brought after 4 pm will not be accepted.
Organizing groups added a full day of entertainment for the stage this year. The lineup includes Serengeti Steve’s Reptile Experience, as seen on “America’s Got Talent,” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and local music by the DreamCatcher Band, The Lodge Brothers Bluegrass and The Buckhannon Brothers.
Partner Sierra Club will be offering a Spring Gardening 101 class at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. behind the organization’s table and sponsor River Bend Yoga (located on State Street in Alton) will be hosting donation-based yoga sessions at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to benefit the Nature Institute’s mission of preservation, restoration and education.
“We were blessed with the wonderful response of hundreds of guests at last year’s event,” Nature Institute Executive Director Angela Walker-Moan said. “Our event partners and sponsors are excited for the return of this family-friendly event.”
Water activities, organized hikes, tree plantings and more will be available for event attendees. Other booths include: Community Cultivators from the Jaime Hines’ Discovery Garden, The Audubon Center at Riverlands, USACE/Meeting of the Rivers Foundation, the 1 Mississippi Campaign, and dozens of eco-friendly vendors.
There are vendor spaces still available. If you are interested in becoming a part of this year’s event, visit www.TheNatureInstitute.org and click on the Riverbend Earth Day Festival’s logo.
Festival organizers also are searching for volunteers to assist them with the event.
For information, contact the Nature Institute at (618) 466-9930 or info@TheNatureInstitute.org.