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Earth Week in Kentucky

Goforthegreenlogo2x2_2 Speaking of Growing Something, I haven't even mentioned Earth Week this week! My son is celebrating it at school and we are planting our first garden as a family, I meant to mention it here earlier. So for all of you Kentuckians here's what's going on for the rest of Earth Week in our State.

Event: Salato Center Earth Day Celebration and National Wildlife Week
Date and Time: April 22-26, 2008; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Salato Wildlife Education Center, 1 Sportsman's Lane, Frankfort
Description: The center will give away free trees to the first 500 families who visit the center on Earth Day (April 22). Numerous activities are scheduled in celebration of Earth Day and National Wildlife Week.
For more information: Visit the Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources Web site.

Kentucky Historical Society History Zone - "Tree-mendous Kentucky!"
Dates and Time: Saturdays in April: April 5, 12, 19 and 26; 1-4 p.m.
Location: Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort
Description: The Kentucky Historical Society's weekly program, History Zone, is an educational program for children ages five through 10 and their families. In April, the program will focus on Arbor Day and Earth Day. Children can create and decorate a wooden toy from Kentucky's past, plant a tree seed and learn about the importance of trees.
For more information: Call Annette Parde at 502-564-1792, ext. 4461.

Event: Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools Recognition Ceremony
Date and Time: May 6, 2008; 2 p.m.
Location: Capitol Building Rotunda
Description: The Kentucky Environmental Education Council will recognize 46 schools that are successfully enrolled in the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools program. The program encourages students to conduct environmental audits of their school environments and then, based on those audits, implement improvement projects.
For more information: Contact Jane Eller at 502-564-5937 or visit the green and healthy schools Web site.

From Kentucky businesses:

  • Thursday, April 24, Cane Run Creek Cleanup. Lexmark, the University of Kentucky and WLEX-TV are partnering to clean up Cane Run Creek. Volunteers are needed for two shifts during the day to help remove trash and debris from the creek.
  • Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington -- Trees for Tomorrow at The Arboretum. Free admission to over 40 exhibitors, hands-on children's activities and free tree and shrub seedlings.

Frankfort events:

Event: Changing Co2urse: A Discussion Course about Climate Change
Dates and Time: Five Consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 22, noon-1 p.m.
Upstairs Meeting Room at Completely Kentucky, 237 West Broadway, Downtown Frankfort
Description: Bring a lunch and join a five-week discussion exploring the history and science of global warming, personal values and habits as they relate to climate change, and personal actions to curb the effects of global warming. There will be a $25 charge for the class to cover the cost of the discussion guide and the room. This course is being organized by the Frankfort Climate Action Network and the EPPC Division for Air Quality.
For more information:
Contact Connie Lemley at 502-223-7936 or connie_lemley at

Event: Presentation by Art Williams of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District -From Bali to Kentucky: An International and Local Political Perspective on Climate Change
Dates and Time: April 28; 6-8 p.m.
Location: Community Room, Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street, Downtown Frankfort
Description: This presentation will focus on the politics and policies around the effort to stop global warming and prevent the worst consequences of climate change. Art Williams has participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conferences, including the Kyoto Conference in 1997 and last year’s conference in Bali, Indonesia. Locally, his office chairs Louisville Metro Government’s Climate
Change Committee, which is working to meet the City’s commitment to the US Mayor’s Agreement on Climate Protection. The presentation is sponsored by the City of Franfort, the Frankfort Climate Action Network, the Frankfort Chapter of the United Nations Association, and Envision Franklin County.
For more information:
Contact Connie Lemley at 502-223-7936 or connie_lemley at

Visit the official Earth Day Page for Kentucky here.


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