Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon and Eco-Carnival Offers Healthy Family Fun and Nonprofit Support

Garbed in costume-like fashions made from colorful plastic packaging, assorted paper products, re-purposed fabric and more, about a dozen children strutted confidently across the stage during last year’s Summit for the Planet “Trash Fashion” show. The show was a culmination of weeks of gathering recycled materials and designing wearable garments during school art classes and at home; and provided participants with a fun outlet for showcasing their creativity by using items that might otherwise have ended up in a landfill.

Catch the next Trash Fashion show and a whole array of family-themed “green” activities at the upcoming 11th annual Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon and Eco-Carnival, on Saturday, April 29. Hosted by Mount Madonna School, this FREE public event combines a 5K fundraising walk-a-thon supporting local nonprofits with an eco-carnival, solar car races, music, wildlife, “green” shopping, learning expo and organic foods.

Festivities will begin at 9:00am with an opening ceremony and walk-a-thon registration; the walk begins at 10:30am. The celebration will get underway as the walkers return, and concludes at 1:45pm.

“The 5K run through the redwood forest is the main part of the event,” shared seventh grade student Maddie Erbe. “Summit for the Planet is a time when the students raise money for our school. California has the most redwoods, so walking through the redwood forest is really special, especially when you are walking or running with your best friends. It is a day to learn and have fun together – from preschool to high school, we observe the day together. I’m looking forward to it again this year!”

The celebration will spotlight sustainable ”eco-living” and education, and participants will include Allterra Solar, Coastal Habitat Education & Environmental Restoration (CHEER), Mt. Madonna Stables, the Wildlife Education Rehabilitation Center (WERC), the Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society (BAARS), India Gourmet, Kaya Kalpa/Mount Madonna Institute and Pacific Gas and Electric. Attendance at this annual event has grown to some 500 people of all ages, from across south Silicon Valley and the Monterey Bay areas.

The support of key sponsors for Summit for the Planet is very important for sustaining and growing this festival, and event organizers are honored that numerous local businesses are participating, including presenting sponsors, SunRidge Farms, the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation (MLEF) and Lazy Suzan Designs.  Additional community sponsors include: KAZU 90.3FM and

“The 11th annual Summit for the Planet connects the MMS school community with local area organizations and businesses supporting the environment and teaching young people the importance of stewardship, commented MMS Head of School Mary Supriya McDonald. “The walk-a-thon is a way for our school to raise funds and awareness, and a day of play and fun for families and all the visitors who join us on the mountaintop.”

Depending on the number of walkers and amount pledged to each walker, participating organizations will have the opportunity to cover a hefty portion of their annual fundraising needs – without the hassle and expense of running their own fundraiser! There is no charge for organizations to sign up and participate; and organizations keep 70% of what they raise in pledges, while 30% is used to offset the costs of organizing and running the event.

Healthy, family fun-draising. It’s truly a walk in the park!

Things to know when you go:
11th annual Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon and Eco-Carnival, April 29 from 9:00am-1:45pm*. Hosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. There is a $35 fee to walk and receive a t-shirt. The celebration has FREE admission. For more information or to sponsor a walker, visit: and on Facebook at, or email [email protected].

*Walk-a-thon participants must pre-register online at; or in-person registration begins at 9:30am; the walk begins at 10:30am.