City hosting Earth Day events

BROOKINGS – Brookings will celebrate Earth Day with an event planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22, at the Larson Nature Center, 1705 32nd Ave. S.

Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day and learn how to become an active participant in making Brookings a sustainable community. All activities are open to the public and free of charge.

The schedule includes:

• 10 a.m. Welcome, Holly Tilton Byrne, Brookings Sustainability Council

• 10:10 a.m. Mayor’s Monarch Pledge | Deputy Mayor Keith Corbett

• 10:20 a.m. “The Truth Behind the Bee Problem,” Jon Lundgren, Blue Dasher Farm

• 11 a.m. Pollinator hotel demonstration, Dakota Rural Action

• 11:30 a.m. Rain barrel giveaway

• Noon park clean-up (self-guided)   

Resource booths include: Blue Dasher Farms, Brookings County Conservation District (milkweed plug giveaway); Brookings Farmers Market; Brookings Sustainability Council; Brookings Wildlife Federation; Dakota Rural Action; pollinator gardens (Shannon VanDerVliet); and the SDSU Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Committee.

"The Sustainability Council, along with the collaborative community groups, are excited to be hosting such a great event this year,” said Tilton Byrne, chair of the Brookings Sustainability Council. “Earth Day is the perfect time to celebrate and learn more about our planet, community, and natural resources. This program aims to do just that,"

Brookings’ Earth Day celebration is a collaboration between the Brookings Sustainability Council; Dakota Rural Action; Brookings Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department; and SDSU Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Committee.

For more information, contact the City Clerk’s office at 692-6281.

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