Volunteer Spotlight: opportunities for Earth Day
Since Earth Day was founded almost 50 years ago, people around the world have observed the day by getting outside, volunteering, and celebrating our planet. This year we invite you to celebrate with us!
Earth Day is an important day world-wide (it's the globe's most widely observed secular holiday!). The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 was part of an effort to bring awareness of America's growing environmental issues. The event brought together people from all walks of life, regardless of political, social, or economic identities, to celebrate what would become a world-wide annual tradition.
Earth Day was the idea of Wisconsin senator Gaylord Belson, who hired Harvard student Denis Hayes to coordinate the event. Hayes hails from Camas, right here in Clark County! He has often cited his childhood in the Pacific Northwest as being a major contributor to his love for nature and career of environmental advocacy. There is a school in Camas named in his honor.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Planting: 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Fair: 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Salmon Creek Greenway at 800 NE 117th St in Vancouver
Check the event website for more about what to expect, the schedule of entertainment, and more about Stream Team's work to restore the Salmon Creek Watershed.
Want to take part and take action this Earth Day? You're in luck - there are many Earth-focused volunteer events to choose from in our community! You can find many of them on the Green Neighbors Event Calendar. In addition to volunteer opportunities, the calendar also is a great place to learn about workshops, fairs and festivals, classes, outdoor adventures, and other environmentally-themed events in our area.
Overwhelmed by all of the options? We recommend the Stream Team Earth Day Fest on Saturday, April 20th! This annual celebration and volunteer event will have something for everyone: a fair with children's activities, raffle prizes, wildlife shows, and releases of tank-raised salmon into Salmon Creek. Volunteer opportunities include tree planting, invasive plant removal, and litter pick-up. The event is free and open to all, and registered volunteers will receive a free lunch and t-shirt. All of these activities are part of the effort to "bring salmon back to Salmon Creek"! We will be there with resources and giveaways to help you in your efforts to be green and help our community become more sustainable.