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Ogden Nature Center's Earth Day bash offers games, workshops, exhibits, food

Wednesday , April 18, 2018 - 5:15 AM2 comments

OGDEN — Think of it as a planetary show-and-tell activity.

Emphasis on the “show” part.

The Ogden Nature Center will host its 13th annual Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 21. The five-hour event includes activities, games, entertainment, arts, crafts, vendor booths, food trucks and more — all with an emphasis on protecting our natural environment.

“We think it’s important to not just teach people how to live a little more gently on the earth, but to show them,” said Sabrina Foster, development and events coordinator for the Ogden Nature Center.

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“It’s not that difficult to do small things to make the earth cleaner,” Foster said.

More than 50 exhibitors will offer information, goods and services on everything from solar power and recycling to water conservation and climate change.

The celebration will include afternoon workshops on composting, puppet-making, ending plastic pollution, and storytelling. A water-wise plant sale is also planned.

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The Birdhouse Exhibit will display more than 150 birdhouses along the center’s birdhouse trail through the end of June.

An Earth Day poster exhibit themed “The Life of the Monarch Butterfly” will also be on display.

New this year is an ephemeral land-art exhibit along part of the center’s trail system.

“They’re little displays that, after a time, will dissolve into the earth or float away on the wind,” Foster said.

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The celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. Admission is $4. For more information, call 801-621-7595 or visit OgdenNatureCenter.org.

Organizers encourage carpooling or taking alternative modes of transportation to the Earth Day event.

“I’m not sure if it still holds the title, but I believe this is the largest Earth Day event in Utah,” Foster said. “Other places are doing Earth Day events, but not to this scale, I think.”

Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or msaal@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/MarkSaal.

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