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Earth Day Fun in Dayton A guide to celebrating Earth and Arbor Days in Dayton

Earth Day is April 22 and Arbor Day is April 24, but did you know April is actually Earth Month? Here’s the lowdown of eco-fun ways to celebrate in Dayton!

 Tree Fest

Saturday, April 15, 9:00

Speak for the trees, as the Lorax says, by putting down some roots at this yearly event! Plant trees and clean up the park, talk with Firefighters, Meet City Officials and Seemore the Eagle! Bring gloves, shovel, and a watering container if you have them! Open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call the Habitat with any questions at 296-2477 or email habitatcenter@ketteringoh.org. This event is FREE.
Location:  Habitat Environmental Center, 3036 Bellflower St, Dayton, OH 45409

Paper, Plastic or Art?

 Saturday, April 22- 1:00- 5:00 pm

Wait! Don’t throw that plastic away! Save that junk mail for me!’ These are just a few new phrases you might be adding to your everyday lingo after taking this fun recycled art workshop. Celebrate Earth Day by creating beautiful art from recycled or discarded materials. Some materials provided, bring materials to share. Auditorium. $5, members free.
Location: Glen Helen Ecology Institute 405 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Earth Day Bird Hike

Saturday, April 22, 2017/ 8:00 – 10:00 am

We’ll search for migrant birds along the Little Miami.
Location: Grinnell Mill B&B3536 Bryan Park Road, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Adopt- A- Park

Saturday, April 22, 2017/ 9:00 – 10:00 am

Spend the morning volunteering in parks and other areas across Montgomery County and enjoy
a free lunch afterward at RiverScape MetroPark. Wear suitable clothing for the weather and boots or thick-soled shoes. Participants will not get in the water. Volunteers will be assigned to a crew that will work sections of waterways or work at a MetroPark removing litter and doing other Earth-friendly tasks. Individuals and groups of all ages and abilities are welcome. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please bring your own drinking water. Registration deadline: April 14, 5:00 pm

Tree Seedling Giveaway

Saturday, April 22, 2017/ 8:00 am- 3:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day with free tree seedlings while supplies last! This project is brought to you with the support of the Montgomery and Miami County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Rush Creek Gardens.
Location: 2nd Street Market, 600 E. Second St., Dayton, OH, 45402

Raptor Center Earth Day Program

Sunday, April 23, 2017/ 2:00-4:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day with a look at many Ohio native raptors at the Glen Helen Raptor Center. Learn about the species we care for, and enjoy an opportunity to see the birds up-close. Bring your camera and a blanket to sit on, and consider hiking in from our Corry Street parking lot if you’re able. Free!
Location: Raptor Center, 1075 State Route 343, Yellow Springs

Earth Day Family Tree

Sunday, April 23, 2017/ 2:00-4:00 pm

Families walk in our woods and explore the life cycle of a tree. We’ll look at seeds, bark, and leaves and even what happens to trees after they die. Each family receives a tree to plant for Earth Day and participates in hands-on activities. Weather Dependent. Register Here . FREE!
Location: Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

Glen Helen Annual 5k-10k

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017/ 10:00 am, rain or shine

Celebrate Earth Day by running or walking the trails, fire road, and meadows within Glen Helen.

Be an Empress of the Earth, a Warrior for Wildlife, a Captain of Conservation! All participants are encouraged to dress as Superheroes of Nature. Use your imagination or come in costume as your favorite superhero. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the preservation of our 1000-acre nature preserve and our year-round environmental education programming.


Location: Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center, 1075 State Route 343, Yellow Springs


Photograph by Tina Spencer, titled Mother Daughter Flower Butterfly 5k-10k 2015

Glen Helen 5k-10k



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