Earth Day at Aldeen Park

A variety of Earth Day activities and information will be available from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 25, at Linda K. White Youth Learning Center in Aldeen Park, 623 N. Alpine Rd.

Friends of Atwood will hold a Nature Flea Market and bottled water sale. You can learn the latest recycling information and play a game with Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful.

Conservation groups include the Natural Land Institute, Sinnissippi Audubon Society, University of Illinois Extension, Master Gardeners, Severson Dells Environmental Education Program, Rock Cut State Park, Ecosystems Partnerships, Burpee Museum of Natural History, and other members of the Four Rivers Environmental Coalition.

Free trees are available through the Rockford Park District’s Earth Day and Arbor Day tree giveaway.

Aldeen “Let’s Go See” program volunteer Leah Nelson and Ruth Roth, from the Winnebago County Public Health Department “Enviroscape” display, will be available to answer questions. Be involved and see what really happens in your environment.

Local educator Dr. Pond Scum (Gary Pasch) will introduce you to the water habitat.

Dr. Jarrod Kerkhoff and Dr. Phillip Verel from Loves Park Chiropractic will answer your health questions.

Try massage therapy (manage your stress) by Certified Massage Therapist Becky Miller.

See the live animals and the Environmental Education Program displays. Naturalists will be on hand to answer your questions.

Alternative Energy education will be presented by Drs. Robert and Sonia Vogl, president and vice president of the Illinois Renewable Energy Association, and sponsors of the Illinois Renewable Energy Fair.

Experience live “Birds of Prey,” hawks, owls, etc. See a presentation by Mick Johnston and Paul Woodin of the Rockford Park District.

Take part in environmental health concerns and mercury thermometer exchange (while supplies last) by the Winnebago County Health Department.

Do you have any garden-related questions? Rockford Area Gardeners of America will help you with your gardening interests.

Community Supported Agriculture brings the farm to your doorstep and links you directly with the farmers who produce your food. Meet and talk with Tony and Dela Ends from Scotch Hill Farm, Brodhead, Wis.

Students from Rockford Environmental Science Academy will entertain you with dance and Earth friendly songs throughout the afternoon. Join in the fun, learn the dance and the songs.

Nature walks (easy to moderate) are guided by naturalists Lena Yarger and Tina Dawson from Boone County Conservation District. Hikes depart the lodge at 2 and 3 p.m.

Chat with WTVO Channel 17 Daybreak Meteorologist Eric Nefstead.

“Project Clear” Water Testing Program, a partnership between Rockford School District No. 205 and Burpee Museum of Natural History, is funded by an EPA grant. How healthy is the Rock River? What lives in it? How can we help protect it? Learn more about the program and answer these questions. Try out a microscope, check out some of the equipment used to test water quality, and meet the program coordinators.

Kids’ coupons are available courtesy of HomeTown and Old Country buffets.

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