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Ecology Fair teaches how to live 'green'

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Kayla Bunge
February 29, 2008
— Hannah Hollingsworth lived a “green” lifestyle years before it became in vogue.

“I didn’t think of it really,” she said. “It was just normal for me.”


The 24-year-old Milton woman will speak at the inaugural Ecology Fair at Hedberg Public Library on Sunday. She’ll talk about how our everyday actions impact the earth and offer tips for making a smaller ecological footprint.


“I want it to be useful to people who don’t know much about ‘green’ living,” Hollingsworth said. “There are things us veterans don’t even know yet.”


Hollingsworth, a student at UW-Rock County and employee of Basics Cooperative, wants to use her knowledge and inspire people to make changes in their lives, because in the end it all comes back to us, she said.


“It’s important because everything is connected,” she said, “and since there are all kinds of species of things in an ecosystem that we don’t even know about yet, it’s useful to us.”


The Ecology Fair coincides with Wisconsin’s annual Aldo Leopold Weekend, which honors the contributions of naturalist Aldo Leopold.


Linda Belknap, adult services associate at Hedberg, said the fair is a “rich room of experience,” with plenty of local resources and activities for people of all ages.


The free fair will include:


-- An ongoing slideshow of nature photographs by Janesville Camera Club photographers.


-- A fly-tying demonstration by Trout Unlimited.


-- A basket-weaving demonstration by Jean Weaver.


-- A ride on the energy bike from the Welty Environmental Center in Beloit.


-- Informal question and answer session with Rotary Gardens Master Gardeners volunteers.


-- Information about outdoor recreation, recycling, landfills, bluebird restoration and nesting houses, shade trees, prairie restoration and the Ice Age Trail and Rock Trail Coalition.


If You Go

What: Ecology Fair.


When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday.


Where: Program room at Hedberg Public Library, 316 S. Main St., Janesville.


Information: Call the library at (608) 758-6588 or visit www.hedbergpubliclibrary.org.

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