Celebrating Earth Day

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published March 30, 2015

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission is becoming one with Mother Earth.


In honor of Earth Day, the commission will hold a celebration from 5:30-8 p.m. April 22 at Marshbank Park.


Events will take place at the Maple Ridge Shelter in the park, which overlooks Cass Lake. The evening will include a nature craft made using recycled materials, two naturalist-guided hikes, a family scavenger hunt and an activity station designed to demonstrate the purpose of the wetlands.


Parks and Recreation Public Information Officer Meagan Kurnat said the free Earth Day celebration is a way for families to get outdoors, and learn about and enjoy nature.


“We are so fortunate to have great natural parks at our disposal, and what better day to appreciate them than on Earth Day? I personally love the guided nature hikes because I learn something new every time,” Kurnat said in an email.


Naturalist Lauren Azoury said representatives from Wild Birds Unlimited will talk with people about how to set up a backyard that attracts birds, and a Boy Scouts of America troop will educate people on how to enjoy nature hikes without leaving traces that a person was there. The first 100 children who arrive at the Earth Day celebration will receive white pine seedlings.


“The white pine is our state tree. … It is the best species to plant in our area for evergreen trees,” Azoury said, adding that the commission is giving away the seedlings because planting the trees “reduces our carbon footprint by adding more oxygen to the air.”


Canoe rides will be available for $5 per person, and The Delectabowl Food Truck & Catering will be on-site with a variety of foods, featuring locally grown ingredients, for purchase. A dinner menu is available at www.westbloomfield parks.org.


Azoury said that since it’s the beginning of spring, attending the Earth Day celebration is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature.


“Even if one (activity) isn’t appealing, there’s plenty of other things to do at the park to learn about nature,” Azoury said. “The best way to celebrate nature is to enjoy it.”


For more information about the event, visit www.westbloomfieldparks.org or call (248) 451-1900.

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