MILTON, Ga. — Milton will host its 8th annual Earth Day event at the new Milton City Hall Plaza from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 22, providing learning experiences and activities for all ages.
“This year’s event has a bit of a different feel. We’re focusing on fun activities that promote environmental education and emphasize sustainability,” said Teresa Stickels, Milton’s sustainability coordinator. “There’s something for everyone at the event.”
Kids can build a Home Depot bird feeder and make other crafts from recycled materials, and zoologist Jim Nark will be on hand with amphibians, reptiles, arachnids, insects and mammals for an entertaining and educational experience.
In addition, green classes will be offered to help residents learn ways to “make every day Earth Day.” The classes — Rain Barrel Workshop and How to Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products — will be held in Community Place, the new community building on the plaza adjacent to City Hall. Since these are hands-on workshops with take-home materials, workshops may have limited participation and/or require pre-registration.
Earth Day attendees will also take home a free tree seedling for planting, courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation. Milton staff will also be available to assist anyone interested in certifying their backyard as a NWF Wildlife Habitat.
Environmental service opportunities will be available at multiple locations during the event. Volunteers are needed to plant trees at Bell Memorial Park, perform trail maintenance at Providence Park and help restore a butterfly habitat by planting a pollinator garden at Bell Memorial.
Service project volunteers may sign up ahead of time by contacting Stickels at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply show up at the park locations noted from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on April 22. Volunteers are encouraged to dress for working outside and bring work gloves.
“With our new location in the heart of Crabapple, we’re encouraging everyone to pack a picnic lunch and dine at a table on the City Hall Plaza or venture out to one of the many area restaurants for lunch,” said Courtney Spriggs event coordinator and Milton’s community engagement manager.