There will be a number of conservation events around the South Sound that will coincide with Saturday’s celebration of Earth Day.
Among the biggest events is Tacoma Parks Appreciation Day, during which volunteers will work in parks across Pierce County. Volunteers will trim limbs, pick up garbage and plant flowers and trees.
Work will take place from 9 a.m.-noon.
Municipalities and organizations coordinating the event include Citizens for a Healthy Bay, City of Bonney Lake, City of Buckley, City of Gig Harbor, City of DuPont, City of Fife, Key Pen Parks, City of Lakewood, Metro Parks Tacoma, Milton Parks, PenMet Parks, Pierce County Parks and Recreation, Puget Creek Restoration Society, City of Puyallup, City of Fircrest, City of University Place and the City of Edgewood.
Volunteers should dress for the weather and the work, and bring water and snacks.
A complete list of participating parks is available at parksappreciationday.net.
Individuals or groups with fewer than 10 participants can check in at one of the designated park sites. Groups of 10 or more are asked to register by calling the liaison listed for the park where they want to work.
Here are some other events being held:
Hands On Children’s Museum: The Olympia children’s museum will offer a series of “Fun Science” demonstrations with Earth Friendly Products from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No advance registration required. The activities are free with museum admission.
Information: 360-956-0818 or hocm.org
Key Pen Parks: The parks agency will hold work parties at more than a dozen locations in Gig Harbor and on the Key Peninsula. Individuals and families may show up at any of the sites, including Crescent Creek Park, Wilkinson Farm Park, Narrows Park and Purdy Spit County Park. Work will take place from 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers should dress for the weather and work, and are asked to bring tools. A hot dog lunch will be held at noon at Sehmel Homestead Park or the Key Peninsula LDS Church.
Oakland Bay: Join the fourth annual Earth Day at Oakland Bay from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21.
This year’s event is the grand opening of Oakland Bay Historical Park, 1570 E. Agate Bay Road, Shelton. There will be a cooking demonstration by chef Xinh Dwelley, a bird walk, a native plant walk, hands-on family activities and live music.
Information: Contact Jody Halia at 360-427-9670, Ext. 682, or email@example.com, or go to co.mason.wa.us/oakland_bay.
Olympic National Forest: Lake Quinault Lodge, the National Forest Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a day of restoration projects in the rain forest and on the Quinault Loop Trail. There will be work from 9 a.m. until 3-4 p.m. for volunteers of all ages. Lunch and tools will be provided to all registered volunteers. Meet at the lodge, 345 S. Shore Road, Quinault.
WET science Center: Learn all about trees, including how they grow, how old they are and how they can be identified. Play games, make a tree disc necklace and take home a tree seedling to plant. There will be activities from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.
Information: 360-528-5742 or wetsciencecenter.org