Earth Day events set over week

April 22, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Organizations in Carroll will celebrate Earth Day over the next week with a variety of events.

"In Carroll County, Earth Day is stretched to more than a day, or month, but has become an awareness that lasts all year," said Melinda Byrd, the county's nature center administrator.

She noted that the county's nature centers offer more than 600 programs each year.

"While the Earth Day festivals are great fun and educational, the day-to-day tree plantings, stream cleanups and programs on nature and the environment are really the driving force toward a healthier environment."

Some of the Earth Day-related activities in the county:

* The Friends of Greenway Gardens is coordinating a spring open house at the Greenway Gardens Arboretum and Environmental Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The open house is an opportunity for the public to see the gardens and surrounding countryside.

The 27-acre arboretum on East Nicodemus Road is under restoration by the Friends of Greenway Gardens and is not open to the public on a daily basis.

Greenway Gardens was recently purchased by the state and leased to Carroll County as a buffer for the Morgan Run area. The Friends of Greenway Gardens is a growing group of people interested in maintaining the gardens and arboretum and creating a public garden and environmental education center.

Information: 848-4611.

* Both county nature centers will be offering tours this weekend.

A guided tour of Piney Run Park, off Martz Road in Eldersburg, will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 795-6043.

Guided tours of the Bear Branch Nature Center will be offered from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday . The center is on John Owings Road near Route 97 north of Westminster. Information: 848-2517.

* Bear Branch is planning an Earth Day Gardening Day to plant several native species from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Volunteers are invited to help with digging, planting, mulching and weeding following plans developed by a landscape designer. Information: 848-2517.

* Bear Branch also has a program called Earth Skills Gathering to explore skills of the native Americans from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visitors ages 16 and up will learn about dugout canoes and launch one on Lake Hashawha. Registration and information: 848-2517.

* A naturalist will lead a "Frog Moon Night Hike" from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. next Friday at Piney Run park for ages 8 and up. Information: 795-6043.

* On May 1, Moms in Progress, a chapter of the Maryland Child Study Association, will collect trash along the banks of the Westminster Community Pond with their toddlers.

In addition, CHANGE Inc., which assists developmentally disabled adults, recently planted trees and shrubs donated by Wakefield Valley Nursery on their grounds on Bishop Street in Westminster.

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