Earth Day 2019
General Event Information
Registration and Work Exchange
Camping, Cabins, and RVs
Vendors and Merchandise
Please choose a question on the left.
Q:What is Gaea's Earth Day Festival?
In 2005, we at Gaea Retreat Center decided to have our own Earth Day festival. Our goals for the festival are to gather and celebrate the mother and her creatures, and acquire cultural and spiritual education through community building. We share what we are doing in our own lives to help preserve this planet and everything that calls her home. We encourage you to participate in workshops and activities. Talk with others so we can share, teach, learn, but most importantly, so we can all work towards making Gaea, our camp, and Gaea, our world, a cleaner, healthier place to live now and for generations to come.
Q:How late in the day can I arrive?
From 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. the gate will be closed to anyone that has not pre-paid for the festival. Front gate security will only have a list of pre-paid and work exchange registration and only the people on those lists or with a current event armband will be allowed into the festival. To avoid being turned away at the gate, pre-register and pay before online registration closes, or arrive before 9:00 p.m.
Q:Can I bring my pet to Earth Day?
Pets are allowed at Gaea. Pets include any companion animal you bring to camp. For the safety of pets and others, please read and familiarize yourself with our pet rules. They will be stringently enforced.
- All pets must be on a 6-10 foot non-retractable leash.
- Pets may not be tied out or tied to trees.
- Owners should maintain physical control of the animal at all times.
- When away from your pet, it must be in your tent or cabin, in a kennel.
- Pets are not to be confined to your vehicle in extreme heat or cold.
- Pets are not allowed in the dining hall or shower house.
- Do not bring your pet to camp if it has known aggression issues. If your pet is aggressive, you will be asked to remove your pet from the property.
- If your pet becomes a nuisance, as in the case of excessive dog barking, you will be asked to remove your pet from the property.
- You will need to provide proof of rabies vaccination if requested. Please have that available.
All rules apply to animals deemed as emotional support animals.
As stated by federal law, dogs and miniature horses are the only animals recognized as service animals.
Q:Where can I park my vehicle?
Parking is allowed in the parking field located on the south side of the pavilion. The parking area will be marked, and you are asked to park there for the duration of the festival. There will be traffic and parking staff available to guide you. Parking at your campsite is not allowed unless you are sleeping in your vehicle, and even then may be limited due to weather condition
Q:Are early arrivals allowed?
Early arrivals are welcome. However, if you are in a reserved electrical spot in an area required for use by Gaea, you will be required to move. Normal camping fees apply for any days that you camp before or after the festival.
Q:Will I need to have ID?
Yes you do. A valid form of picture identification is required at event check-in. This is for age verification and to check each person against the NSOPW (National Sex Offender Public Website: NSOPW.GOV).
Q:Will there be a shuttle available?
Yes! Here is the schedule and information:
Friday 11 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Main Hall Parking Lot
- Merchant Parking on Sunset Ridge
- Coyote Run
People of all abilities are allowed to use the shuttle, but first priority will be given to volunteers and the disabled. Only service animals are allowed in the shuttle.
We ask that you park and walk or use the shuttle to cut down on road maintenance and emissions. Thanks!
Q:Can I pay for Earth Day using Gaea Bucks?
Yes. One Gaea Buck equals $5.00 off of camping fees. The fee for Earth Day is $25 to tent camp, which would cost you five Gaea Bucks.
Q:I would like to work instead of paying cash for the festival. How do I do that?
There are several work exchange committees: Site, ERI Booth/Welcome Tent, Registration, Trash, Sanitation, Front Gate, Traffic, Safety, Kitchen, and Children’s Tent. Work Exchange is 4 hours for tent camping and 6 hours for cabin camping. If you would like to do Work Exchange please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact information, and top three choices of work exchange committees.
Q:What is the price for a day pass at Earth Day?
A day pass for Earth Day is the same price as the weekend admission, $25.
Q:Where can I camp?
Camping is allowed in all the camping areas and on Sunset Ridge. You can not tent on trails, in rituals areas, or past First Field. Maps will be available at registration if you are not familiar with the land. Camp site selection is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Q:I need electricity at my campsite. Will a campsite be reserved for me?
Electricity at campsites is not available. Please make arrangements to provide any power you need while camping. Limited outlets may be available for charging devices. Please ask event staff for information.
Q:Where can I build a fire?
Fires are allowed in existing fire pits only. Raised portable fireplaces and grills are permitted.
Q:Is firewood available?
No. You are responsible for providing your own firewood. Deadfall can be collected from the tree lines, but nothing standing is to be cut, living or dead.
Q:What amenities do the cabins have?
Cabins offer electricity but no plumbing. Cabin bunks are single mattresses on a frame. There are 8 bunks in each cabin. You will need to bring your own bedding (pillow, sheets, blankets, sleeping bag, etc.). Just like a campsite, you are expected to leave the cabin in better shape than you found it.
Q:I am bringing an RV, what do I need to do to get a space for it?
In order to get an RV slot with electricity, during online registration you will need to select "Tenting". The driver of the vehicle should add the appropriate RV ticket option. All others in the group require tenting tickets.
RV space is limited and may not be available at the gate.
Q:What do I have to do to be a vendor?
Vendors are encouraged at Earth Day. There is no additional cost for vending, regular registration fees apply.
Q:How do I get an Earth Day t-shirt or tanktop?
T-shirts and tanks are sold pre-order only at the time of registration to avoid excess inventory. Over-runs MAY be available at registration, but will be in limited supply.
Q:Can anyone work on the community art project?
The art project is open to all adults and young adults. For the Community Art Project this year we will be painting recycable items!
This is an awesome opportunity to be creative with our community, come together and make somethign to beautify camp. Saturday 10:00AM-5:00 PM in the Main Hall.
Q:When and where do I drop off my art for the art show?
This is a great opportunity for artists of all mediums to show their work to the community. To share our magic, expressions and passions. It can be old or new work about your art. Please have your works to the main hall Friday after 5:00 and Saturday Before 10:00. Your work can be for sale or only show. Contribution to camp if you sell work is up to the artist.
Q:I have items to donate to the rummage sale. Where do I drop those off?
Donations for the Reduce/Reuse/Recycle Rummage sale can be dropped off on the stage of the pavilion prior to dark on Friday. All proceeds from the rummage sale go to Gaea Retreat Center, we encourage everyone to come by and shop. You never know what hidden treasures you will find!
Q:What children’s activities are available?
Kids tent will have fun for all ages. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, magical morning events will be workshops and games, then awesome afternoon adventures too. Join us for drum making, seed planting, and treasures to take home!
Q:Is there a meal plan available at Earth Day?
We will be hosting two community potlucks this year. As per tradition, there will be vegetarian chili served Friday night, 6:00-7:30. Bring yourself and bring something that goes with chili: crackers, cheese, onions, you know, chili stuff, enough for four. Please bring these items to the kitchen when you arrive.
Saturday, there will be a vegetarian nacho bar, 6:00-7:30. Chips and "meat" will be provided along with sour cream and cheese. The meat substitute is a mixture of beans, vegetables, herbs and spices. Also available will be tea and water. The potluck part comes in here. Similar to Friday, bring something that goes on or with nachos: tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, beans, or whatever you think goes best on nachos, enough for four. To participate, please bring your foodstuffs to the kitchen before 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.