Kenaitze celebrate Earth Day

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Kenaitze Tribe Environmental Education Center in Old Town Kenai was the site of an Earth Day celebration and education demonstration Saturday. Brenda Trefon is the Kenaitze environmental program director who set up a variety of family activity booths and demonstrations, "Families could learn how to use an in door worm composter just like we have here in our office, we made beeswax candles and taught kids and their parents how to make non-toxic cleaners to use in their house that replaces toxic cleaners, and many other general environmental education activities for all ages," Trefon told the Dispatch. Trefon said she has had two large worm composters in her office to test the theory that they don't smell, "We've had them here now for over a year and have noticed no smell whatsoever. We put vegetable scraps, not meat waste, and newspaper strips in the composter. The worms work up to different levels and the results is a wonderful organic potting soil that you can use for your plants or garden. You'd be amazed how much worms can eat; they go through the size of a Sunday paper in about a week."

Kenaitze Tribe celebrates Earth Day at their environmental education center in Old Town.

According to Trefon more that 200 people came through the Earth Day fair but she said their education program is open year round and folks interested in the worm farms are welcome to stop by the Kenaitze Environmental Center in Old Town Kenai on Overland Street. "This was our fifth Earth Day here and throughout the year we practice traditional Dena'ina ways of respecting the earth and reusing resources and not being wasteful. We want all our children to learn that so that they will grow up and practice these ways in their homes," added Trefon. 3-year-old Emily, 4-year-old Kelly, and 5-year-old Daniel and said, "We are going to take care of the earth!" Their mom added, "They just made me some bottle of household cleaner and now they're excited to get home and use them. What a great way to get them excited about doing the cleaning chores."

The Kenaitze Tribe Environmental Center is open Monday through Friday and you can call ahead at 283-3288.

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