After the long, cold winter, it’s time to come out and celebrate spring with Earth Day Extravaganza on April 27. Earth Day, which officially began April 22, 1970, marks the day many Americans with varying concerns for air pollution, water pollution and loss of wildlife came together to promote sustainable living.
With today’s modern conveniences, it is easy to lose our connection with the environment around us. Sustainable living means we find ways to reduce our environmental footprint while still enjoying the best life has to offer. Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how our daily lives impact the world around us and to find new ways to go green. We are excited 2014 marks the seventh Earth Day Extravaganza Event in Erie County.
Earth Day Extravaganza is a family-friendly eco-festival providing live music, great food, eco-shopping and education, along with activities, contests and more.
WORKSHOPS & DEMONSTRATIONS
(APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR LONG)
•11:30 a.m. — Rain garden cleanup:
Volunteer to help the Earth by sprucing up the Erie Metroparks Rain Garden. Rain gardens help soak in storm water to reduce flooding and recharge our groundwater. They also serve as pollinator hot spots.
•Noon & 3 p.m. — Rain barrel workshop: Sick of paying full price to water your flowers? Learn to make your very own rain barrel. Rain Barrels are water harvesting devices that connect to your downspout and collect rain water to be used on a sunny day. Pre-registration/payment of $45 is required for participants making a rain barrel to take home. Contact Erie Soil and Water Conservation District at 419-626-5211 to register. The workshop is free to watch by all.
•1:30 p.m. — Green cleaning: It’s about time to start spring cleaning, but why not do it without all the toxic chemicals? Learn how you can make several cleaners from items in your own pantry that are safe for the environment and save you money.
LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
•11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. — Tommy Christian Acoustic Americana Rock n 2:30 p.m. — Late Model Rocking country music
•11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Recycled art contest: Do you have an inner artist who can’t wait to get out? Love winning prizes? Sign up for the Recycled Art Contest. Create a recycled masterpiece anytime from 11-2 p.m. in the contest tent. Winners will be selected at 2:15 p.m. from the following groups: grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and the general public. All supplies will be provided, and no pre-made art will be accepted.
•Noon-1 p.m. — Kids pedal pull: Do you have a child who loves tractors or maybe just loves a good contest? Farm Credit has a pedal tractor pull for the kids. Each participant will have three chances to be the fastest at pulling a weight attached to a pedal tractor to win a trophy. Registration is from noon-1 p.m., and the pulls will begin at 1:30 p.m. Signup limited to 100 participants.
ALL DAY ACTIVITIES
•Back to the Wild – wildlife exhibit: Live animals are always a delight for all ages. Join Mona Rutger and her staff as she shares her work of wildlife rehabilitation, and get up close to some of our amazing wild neighbors.
•Sandusky Children’s Museum: Science is best learned hands-on, and the Sandusky Children’s Museum offers just that. Explore different wonders of science with quick activities and experiments bound to turn anyone into a scientist (even if just for a day). n Local environmental education: You don’t need to go far to learn about the amazing natural areas of the Firelands area. Several local groups will be in the Erie Room of the Frost Center excited to teach you about nature, wetlands, watersheds and your MetroParks.
•Archery: All ages bow-and-arrow shooting and instruction. No experience necessary.
•Eco-car show: Have you checked out an eco-friendly car up close? Now is your chance! Come see how good you could look in a shiny new hybrid.
•Beekeeping demonstrations: Our pollinators are at risk. Stop by the beekeeper tent and meet the Sandusky River Beekeepers Association and Schick Apiary to learn about our wonderful pollinators — honeybees.
This event is hosted by our partnering organizations: Erie MetroParks, Erie Soil and Water Conservation District, Erie County Solid Waste, Erie County Health Department, Buckeye Cable, and Mark Advertising.
We are also happy to announce Farm Credit and The Friends of Old Woman Creek as this year’s sponsors. Bring the family out and pick up some free giveaways, hear some great music and grab a funnel cake. Hope to see you there!