Founded in 1970 as a day dedicated to environmental issues, Earth Day has grown into a global effort that celebrates the planet and ways to save it from environmental damage. This year's Earth Day is Sunday.
Founded in 1970 as a day dedicated to environmental issues, Earth Day has grown into a global effort that celebrates the planet and ways to save it from environmental damage. Local groups have joined in on the celebration, orchestrating a number of Earth-friendly activities and crafts, cleanup efforts, bird walks, star watching and other ecological events.
• Today, Stark State College, Kent State University at Stark, the University of Mount Union, the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation and local student group Take Action, Spread Knowledge (T.A.S.K.) will present the documentary “Y.E.R.T.: Your Ecological Road Trip” at the Canton Palace Theatre. The film chronicles three filmmakers’ travels across the United States in search of sustainability projects. Along the way, the trio meets interesting characters, overcome the hardships of three people living in a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid and prove that sustainability is achievable despite legislative gridlock on environmental matters. A short panel discussion will follow, with speakers from Cantonfilm.com, Breezy Hill Farms of Homeworth, KSU at Stark, Stark State, Mount Union and T.A.S.K. The discussion will focus on sustainability options in Northeast Ohio. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and include organic popcorn and beverages.
• On Saturday, the Wilderness Center will celebrate Earth Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a bird walk at 8 a.m., a backpacking demonstration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., dedication of the Arnold Fritz Solar Array at 1 p.m., invasive species removal from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nature FotoFest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a planetarium show at 2 p.m. and star-watching at 8:30 p.m. in the Astronomy Education Building. Attendees also will be offered a presentation at 2 p.m. about natural burial at the Foxfield Preserve, the first natural burial cemetery in the United States to be operated by a conservation organization. All activities are free. The FotoFest also will be on display from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The center is located at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township. For more information, or to volunteer for the cleanup, call Vicki Shoenfelt at 877-359-5235 or Vicki@wildernesscenter.org, or visit www.wildernesscenter.org.
• Also Saturday, Stark Parks will present Nature Rama, a half-day workshop with make-and-take activities, information about wildlife and nature tips. The event is from 8 a.m. to noon at Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. Reservations are required. Call 330-409-8096 or visit www.StarkParks.com.
• The Canton Audubon Society will host a nature walk at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve, 7984 Fulton Drive NW, Jackson Township.
Page 2 of 2 - • To celebrate Earth Day on its official date — Sunday — Kent State University will present environmentally educational activities, entertainment and demonstrations for all ages from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Stark campus at 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Township. The Garbage Busters Recycling Show will be from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., Foster Brown will sing children’s nature songs from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m., planetary and nature walks are set for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the children’s area will be open from 1 to 3:45 p.m. For more details, call 330-244-3223 or visit www.stark.kent.edu/EarthDay.
• Quail Hollow State Park also will commemorate Earth Day on Sunday with a visit with resident birds of prey and a talk about the return of peregrine falcons at 1 p.m., a wildflower walk at 2 p.m., nature crafts and a photo display. Events run until 5 p.m. in the Carriage House Nature Center, 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Lake Township. For more details, call 330-877-6652 or visit www.quailhollowpark.org.
• The Canton Audubon Society will host a nature walk at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve, 7984 Fulton Drive NW, Jackson Township.
Why attend? For many people, taking care of the Earth is an everyday thing. For those who need additional prompting, these local events might just provide the inspiration needed to keep the momentum going year round.
COMPILED BY ANGIE YOUNESSI