Centre County to celebrate Earth Day with events

Earth Day is Sunday, and there are many events happening this weekend to celebrate and help the Earth! Check some of them out below and let us know if we missed any!

Today (Friday, April 20th)

  • From 4-6 p.m. today Wegmans stores will prominently feature their organic food, from meat to milk to produce, and more. People will be allowed to taste them, and will be able to pick up coupons for these good-for-the-environment foods. The event will also take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Al’s Recycling and Waste Management Tour: Take a “back of the house” look at Penn State’s waste management operation, offered by Al Matyasovsky of the Office of Physical Plant. Tours are going on this morning, but those interested can register for afternoon tours that will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. Pick-up and drop-off is in front of the HUB.
  • The Penn State Center for Sustainability is offering an exhibit showcasing careers in sustainability and other programs. It will also be putting on the following tours: MorningSTAR & Community Garden, noon-3 p.m.; Wangari Maathai tree planting ceremony, 4-5 p.m.

Saturday, April 21:

  • ClearWater Conservancy’s Watershed Cleanup Day is in its 16th year of combating littering and illegal dumping in local watersheds. Since its beginnings, the event’s volunteers have removed and properly disposed of 2,787 tons of trash from the Spring Creek, Bald Eagle Creek, Beech Creek, Penns Creek, and Little Fishing Creek Watersheds. Contact Nick Schipanski at (814) 237-0400 for more details.

Sunday, April 22 (EARTH DAY!)

  • As part of Shaver’s Creek’s Earth Day Spring Clean-Up, join other volunteers to help complete a stewardship project from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Projects will include habitat restoration (yanking out invasive species); cleaning, painting and dusting of the facility; and trail work. Bring a picnic lunch and relax at the end of the day with some ice cream. Call 814-863-2000 for more information or to register. They ask that you consider committing at least 2.5 hours.

Another fun and philanthropic event taking place this weekend is the Special Olympics 5K Beaver Stadium Run, being held this year in memory of Coach Joe Paterno. Though not directly Earth Day-related, with some rainy, cold weather in the forecast, it will give participants the opportunity to experience many different facets of weather that the Earth has to offer! Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday and the race starts in front of the Bryce Jordan Center at 11 a.m. Runners will be greeted by Sue Paterno at the finish line.

Have a good Earth Day weekend!

-Erin

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