Earth Day coming up soon

Earth Day is coming up soon. While the actual day is celebrated on Sunday, April 22, celebrations are already planned and it’s not too early to start planning the way you are going to celebrate.

You don’t have to limit your Earth Day celebrations to a single day — you can celebrate for a week or a month or even a year. There are lots of different ways you can do something special.

I have compiled a list of Earth Day and other environmental events around the Boyle County area that are coming up in April. Hopefully you can find some that look fun and fit with your schedule.

Attending Earth Day and environmental events with other people helps you learn about new ideas, companies, products and movements. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know others who share our love of the environment.

• Wildflower Walk at Logan Hubble Park

9 a.m. Saturday, April 14

Logan Hubble Park 

White Oak Road, off of U.S. 27 on the Garrard-Lincoln county line

• Spring Wildflower Walks

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, April 14

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, April 28

Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge

600 Carpenter Creek Road, Parksville, Kentucky

• Earth Day Festival 

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 21

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

59 Corporate Drive, Danville

• Garrard County Earth Day Festival

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 28

Garrard County High School 

599 Industry Road, Lancaster

Earth Day has been celebrated annually since 1970, meaning it’s been around for 48 years. The day “marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement,” according to Earthday.org. It’s celebrated in more than 190 countries around the world.

“Earth Day created public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act and several other environmental laws,” according to LiveScience.com.

People participate in Earth Day in a variety of ways, including by planting trees, learning something new about the planet, gardening, picking up litter along highways and donating to environmental organizations.

There are no rules for how you celebrate Earth Day; I hope you find something fun and positive to do so your Earth Day can make a difference for the Earth.

Amanda’s Animal Fact of the Week: 

Butterflies have taste sensors on their feet. This means by standing on a leaf they can taste it and tell if their caterpillars will eat it when they hatch. 

About Amanda Wheeler

Amanda Wheeler is the children and teen services librarian at the Lincoln County Public Library. She has a master's in zoology education from the University of Miami and has taught as an educator at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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