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April 21: Twinsburg Earth Day

Posted: March 30, 2018

by Stacia Naoum

The City of Twinsburg Environmental Commission is partnering with Summit Metro Parks once again for an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21, at Liberty Park Nature Center, 9385 Liberty Rd. Attendees of all ages are welcome and can enjoy hikes, educational Earth Day exhibits, hands-on activities and conservation-themed entertainment.

Two hikes are planned for the day. Early risers can meet at the Buttonbush Trail at the parking lot of the Pond Brook Conservation Area (located off of state Route 82 east of Twinsburg) at 8 a.m. for a two-hour hike with Twinsburg City Naturalist Stanley Stine. Others can participate in a hike of the Ledges Trail (complete with wildflower scenery) in Liberty Park from 1-3 p.m. with Summit Metro Parks Naturalist Joe Malmisur.

Most activities, however, will take place from 12-4 p.m. at Liberty Park. Kids can get “Wild in the Woods” and engage in hands-on nature experiences and face painting on the Maple Loop Trail as well as visit the Twinsburg Public Library Mobile Library and have story time with two Earth Day activity books and a recycled paper towel-tube craft.

All participants are invited to take part in the scavenger hunt for a chance to win great prizes from the Twinsburg Environmental Commission and stroll through science-inspired poetry and artwork authored and painted by Twinsburg High School students.

“One of the pieces the Earth Day Committee has been building on is its connection with the students,” said Nora-Suder-Riley, a Twinsburg High School science teacher and an Earth Day committee member.

Stine encouraged students to submit varying types of projects related to local biodiversity for the Earth Day event. In conjunction with the projects, the Twinsburg Education Association was able to secure a $250 mini grant to help pay for student artwork display boards through the North Eastern Ohio Education Association. Suder-Riley had each of her 53 ninth- and 10th-grade honors biology students select their own topics and forms of expression for the activity.

“I loved seeing their creativity and talents shine through on the theme of local biodiversity, said Suder-Riley. “The possibilities are endless and the topic is so important to environmental education.

Students who submitted projects are vying for a chance to win a $500 scholarship from the Environmental Commission.

Twinsburg High School students who are in a band called “The Whims” will also be at the event. Evan Harnak, guitarist/vocalist, Brendan Darpel, drummer and Carmine Cultrona, bassist, will play conservation-themed songs.

Rain barrel giveaway

In addition, the event will include several educational, interactive exhibits, including potting a tree with help from the Twinsburg Garden Club, learning how to create a rain garden in your backyard from Twinsburg resident Tom Lily and hearing about the advantages of using rain barrels from Zade Kleckner, a junior at Twinsburg High School and Boy Scout Troop 213 member. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Kleckner will be giving away 30 rain barrels to residents, complete with a diverter, and he and fellow Scouts will connect it to a resident’s downspout free of charge. Kleckner raised money for the $40 diverters through a fundraiser and the Coca-Cola plant in Twinsburg donated the rain barrels. Interested residents need only to sign up during the April 21 event.

Visit mytwinsburg.com or summitmetroparks.org for more information on the Twinsburg Earth Day celebration.

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