Earth Day Extravaganza
A young plant enthusiast smells various herbs courtesy of the MSU Plant Biology Club. Click on the arrows to view more photos. Image by Becky Shink
Lansing, MI – Fenner Nature Center will be hosting the third Earth Day Extravaganza in collaboration with the Michigan State University Fisheries and Wildlife Club on April 19th, 2014. This free event is for families, individuals and groups to experience this urban oasis and Earth Day in the midst of nature.
From 7:00 am – 3:00 pm, visitors of all ages will have a chance to get hands-on experience collecting biological data alongside university students, professionals, and hobbyists in the field during a “Bioblitz.” This multi-faceted learning experience will allow community members to learn from one another about nature through activities such as bird banding, reptile and amphibian surveys, pond-dipping for tiny aquatic creatures, plant identification hikes and more! Collecting information about the species of plants and animals at Fenner Nature Center will help with conservation and education efforts that are ongoing in the park.
“This event has been such a rich and rewarding experience for all that have attended,” said Katie Woodhams, Program Manager at Fenner Nature Center. “Through all of the activities, university students get a chance to get out and practice what they have learned in the classroom, while also sharing their knowledge with the public about natural resources management. This event is a great way for youth, especially, to learn more about environmental topics and careers.”
In addition to the “Bioblitz” activities, visitors can also assist with habitat restoration efforts throughout the day. Volunteers will be working on maintaining the trail system that runs through the park, working in the newly restored Butterfly Garden and removing invasive plant species so that the park can better support native species of wildlife. Kid-friendly stewardship activities will be located inside the visitor center, and include projects such as constructing native bee houses, bluebird houses and making binoculars. , 2014.
Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council will be providing free bike valet services for visitors who choose to reduce their environmental impact and ride their bikes to the festivities. Visitors can find out more information about the event, including the schedule of activities at www.mynaturecenter.org.