3 ways to cel­e­brate Earth Day with kids

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By DARA MCBRIDE

dm­cbride@ce­cil­whig.com

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.

What do you like to do with your kids? Send us a sug­ges­tion or pitch your fam­i­lyfriendly event by email­ing ac­cent@ce­cil­whig.com.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and youth groups are en­cour­aged to come to the River Sweep cleanup for Earth Day.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MOUNT HAR­MON

Run­ners at the first Earth Day 5K cel­e­brate at Mount Har­mon fol­low­ing the race.

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