Celebrate Earth Day with local park events

April 11, 2014 

Jonathan Brown, then 4, digs a hole as his dad, Eugene Brown of Olympia, prepares a bush for replanting during the 2013 Earth Day native vegetation project at Priest Point Park in Olympia. This year’s event will be April 19.

TONY OVERMAN/STAFF FILE, 2013

There will be plenty of opportunities next weekend to celebrate Earth Day, including events at two South Sound parks. The annual worldwide event Earth Day is April 22.

 • Earth Day Extravaganza will be noon-4 p.m. April 19 at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. There will be a variety of family activities that will teach visitors about the Earth and how they can keep it healthy. The free event will include special guest Don Ehlen with his Insect Safari collection. For more information, contact 253-591-6439 or tacomanaturecenter.org.

 • Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation will hold Priest Point Park Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 19. The Parks Stewardship program is working with Centro (formerly Alpine Experience) to hold this work party. Participants will help plant native trees and vegetation in the park. Tools, gloves and light refreshments will be provided. The park is at 2600 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia. For more information on the free event, phone 360-753-8365 or go online to olympiawa.gov/parkvolunteer.

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