Earth Day is April 22. Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, then Senator of Wisconsin. The year before there had been a terrible oil spill in California, and Senator Nelson wanted to encourage people to work together to protect the environment all across America. Now people all over America come together on Earth Day to clean up parks and waterways, plant trees, and clear invasive plants off of public lands.
This year the focus of Earth Day is planting trees. The goal is to plant 7.8 billion trees by the time Earth Day turns 50. Why trees? Trees are great at producing clean air for us to breathe. They also provide homes for animals and insects. Trees can live a long time--the oldest tree in the world is in Sweden and is 10,000 years old!
At the library on April 23, we have our annual Garden Day. You can talk to a master gardener, learn about Fairy Gardens, or participate in some hands-on activities (registration required). You can also check out a whole bunch of awesome books on gardening, trees, and insects.