Help restore Laurel Creek forest on Earth Day

Earth Day Canada

The tenth Sunoco Earth Day will be held on April 19, 2008 at the GRCA conservation area on Westmount Road just off Northfield Drive in Waterloo. The event, sponsored by Sunoco and the Suncor Energy Foundation, runs from 10am to 1pm and is free. Beaver Creek's Green Committee is organizing members who are interested in attending and participating as a group.

Trees and shovels will be provided to those who want to help plant 1,000 native trees such as white pine, sugar maple and red oak. They will replace some of the two hectares worth of red pines which had to be removed last fall because of an infestation of pine shoot beetles.

But there’s more to the even than planting trees. It’s also a great family outing with plenty of activities for children and adults to help them learn the benefits of “green” living. There will be exhibits on waste reduction, green roofs, alternative fuels and energy efficiency.

Kids can be a biologist for a day, learn all about fish or build a bird house. There will be information on ways to reduce your environmental footprint by limiting pesticide use, cutting back on energy use and conserving water. Kids who dig into the activities will not only get their hands dirty, they’ll be eligible to win prizes for their schools.

Other activities for children include drumming with the Marcell School of Drum, crafts and critter displays. There will also be free draw for a bicycle and helmet.

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