The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 18, 2013

Earth Day celebrations planned for the weekend

Star Beacon

— Earth Day always falls on April 22.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, it’s a day to enjoy “the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, and companionship with nature! Walk through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers and green moss. Go outside, no matter what the weather.”

Earth Day began in 1970 when San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration, according to the almanac.

Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day is widely celebrated. The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth Day.

A few ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day, include planting flowers, planting plants that attract butterflies, planting an organic garden, conserving water and attending an Earth Day celebration.

Here are a few ideas:

• Earth Day Clean-up at Geneva State Park, Geneva, April 27.

• Party for the Planet at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 10 a.m. Sunday, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland. Cost: All guests will receive $2 off regular admission rate. The event will feature environmental education and family fun. The zoo will be collecting aluminum cans, cell phones and child car seats for recycling.

• Free City of Painesville Earth Day Celebration, 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday at Painesville Veterans Park, 1 Liberty St., Painesville.  Music, tree giveaway to first 200 people, goody bags, games and crafts.

• Free Earth Day 2013 at Penitentiary Glen Reservation, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Take a nature walk, free flower seed giveaway, free drawings.

• April is “Go Camping Month” at Ohio State Parks. Take your family camping and enjoy an old-fashioned night around a campfire.