3 ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids
Although it’s technically only one day, somehow the excitement for all things green and growing extends throughout the entire month of April thanks to Earth Day.
Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22 in 1970. Today, events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. But there are lots of local ways to get active – including right in your own backyard.
1. See butterflies at the library
The Cecil County Public Library has hosted notable authors and historians. Who is coming for Earth Day? A very special caterpillar.
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about butterflies and meeting the caterpillar that will grow into the library butterfly. “Butterflies at the Library” with the University of Maryland Extension 4-H will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on April 20 at the Perryville Branch Library and 4 to 5 p.m. on April 27 at the Cecilton Branch Library.
The event is aimed at families with children ages 6 to 12, and registration is required. To do so, head to your local branch, visit http:// www. cecil. ebranch. info or call 410-996-5600.
If you can’t make it, various branches will be hosting similar Earth Day activities throughout the month. And you can always use this as a reason to check out “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” illustrated and written by Eric Carle. 2. Sweep the river Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway’s 16th annual River Sweep, a volunteer shoreline and roadside cleanup in honor of Earth Day, will take place in locations in Harford and Cecil counties on April 23. Cecil locations include Conowingo Creek, Octoraro Creek, Marina Park, Perryville Boat Launch and Garrett Island, and Perryville Community Park.
Sign up the family to really do something with your Earth Day. Last year, more than 300 volunteers donated their time during River Sweep. Volunteers, including individuals, families and youth groups, removed several tons of trash including plastic bags, tires, propane tanks, 55 gallon drums, a shopping cart and a bicycle.
Online volunteer preregistration takes place through April 19 at www. upperbaytrails.com or by emailing info@upperbay- trails.com. For the event, volunteers are asked to check in at 8:30 a.m., with the cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. There is no age limit for participants, so parents can decide if it is right for their family.
River Sweep volunteers are encouraged to wear old clothes and to bring work gloves. Volunteers who sign up in advance will receive lunch.
3. Attend an Earth Day 5K
Celebrate nature and good health by getting the family outdoors for Mount Harmon and Union Hospital’s Earth Day 5K.
The event – a run/walk and family day held at the historic Mount Harmon plantation in Earleville – runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 23 and benefits both Mount Harmon and Union Hospital. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome.
All participants will receive a T-shirt, and there will also be time for awards, refreshments, Manor House tours and Earth Day crafts. There will also be several exhibitors around promoting health and wellness for both people and the planet.
Advance registration (available through April 21 on http://www.races2run. com) is $20, and then registration os $25. Guests are $5. For more information, visit http://mountharmon. org or https://www.uhcc. com.
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Volunteers, including individuals, families and youth groups are encouraged to come to the River Sweep cleanup for Earth Day.
Runners at the first Earth Day 5K celebrate at Mount Harmon following the race.