Earth Day activities

Rockford Park District’s Aldeen Park will host free Earth Day activities for the whole family Sunday, April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. Earth Day activities will open with the Dennis Nature Science Magnet School students singing and sharing knowledge about the local plants and animals along the quarter-mile paved nature trail. During the afternoon, free saplings will be given to families, the latest recycling information will be given, and a new game with Winnebago/Rockford Clean and Beautiful will be taught and played.

Local conservation groups scheduled to participate include the Natural Land Institute, Sinnissippi Audubon Society, University of Illinois Extension/Master Gardeners, Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District, Severson Dells Environmental Education Program, Rock Cut State Park, Ecosystems Partnerships, and the Burpee Museum of Natural History with “more about Jane.”

Earth Day activities continue with live animal exhibits, Family Counseling Services’ “Duck Tale Derby” Race, where you can adopt a duck to participate, and building a birdhouse with the Alpine Lutheran Church Youth Group. Nature walks will be guided by naturalists Lena Yarger and Tina Dawson from Boone County Conservation District. Mark Johnston and Paul Woodin will give a “Birds of Prey” presentation. Refreshments are courtesy of Home Town and Old Country buffets.

The Winnebago County Health Department in conjunction with the Northern Illinois Community Health Foundation and the Rockford Park District will sponsor a mercury thermometer or mercury-containing device exchange. Residents who bring in a mercury thermometer will receive a new non-toxic digital thermometer.

Aldeen Park is at 623 N. Alpine Rd. Information: 987-8800 or 963-DEAF (TTY).

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