Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, as an environmental awareness day to educate the public about pollution and its impact on the environment. Founded by US Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day is becoming a global movement to protect our environment. Since 1970, celebrations have gone from awareness lectures to outdoor events offering education on issues and demonstrations of our natural resources.
Earth Day in Bradford County was last officially celebrated in 1988, until it was redefined by the County as an annual event in 2017. Since Earth Day is all about environmental awareness, we focused solely on that. It is our goal to provide a day where the public can go out and learn about our environment, the animals that live in it, and the very important resource to preserve for future generations.
Prior to this year, our last Earth Day event was in 2019. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the last few years due to the pandemic. We are so excited to be back doing our educational event!
Participants at this year’s Earth Day event had the opportunity to make tree cake necklaces, plant flowers, make seed bombs, dig for fossils, and many other hands-on activities. In addition, the Cornell Raptor Program features live birds of prey and dissects owl pellets. CDE Exotics is on site with a selection of reptiles, Claverack Rural Electric showcases their tesla, US Coast Guard Auxiliary brings some boats and shares about the importance of safety and inspecting your boat. Live music was heard throughout the event and was performed by Low Hanging Fruit, a band from the Bloomsburg area. Local organizations such as the Bradford County Humane Society, Che Hanna Rock and Mineral Club, Dare2BTick Aware, PA Trappers Association, and many more spend their Saturdays with us educating the community.
We were given beautiful weather and a good turnout, despite the many other events happening that day. We appreciate everyone taking the time to work with us this year and wish those in attendance having a great time.
This annual event is made possible by donations and sponsors and as such, is completely free to the public. We want to say a big thank you to everyone who sponsored and donated to our raffle basket this year!
Next year, our Earth Day event will be commemorated on April 22, 2023, from 10:00 to 14:00 in the property’s conservation area. We hope to see you all there! If you or your business are interested in donating or sponsoring, please let us know. For more information, contact Cathy Yeakel at 570-485-3122 or email email@example.com.
Great time to start a new tradition! Maybe plant a tree on Earth Day every year or do a river cleanup to help clean up the trash in our rivers and in turn help the wildlife that makes use of it. It depends on us, what we do and don’t do directly affect our environment. We are the only ones who can change that! Why not start now?
The Bradford County Conservation District is committed to helping people manage resources wisely. You can visit the Bradford County Conservation District at 200 Lake Rd in Wysox across from Wysox Fire Hall. Call us at (570) 485-3144 or visit our web page at www.bccdpa.com.