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Posted April 18, 2011

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Environment

Waterloo Earth Day Set for May 7

Waterloo - More than 1,000 trees are expected to be planted at the annual Waterloo Earth Day, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 7 at the Laurel Creek Conservation Area at 625 Westmount Road in Waterloo.

The event, which typically draws more than 1,000 people, gives participants a chance to help the environment, learn about green living and participate in family fun. The free event is sponsored by the Suncor Energy Foundation and Earth Day Canada.

Trees and shovels will be provided for those who want to help plant native trees in an area near the Laurel Creek reservoir. In addition there will be fun and educational activities geared to visitors of all ages. Kids can build a birdhouse, use a bicycle generator to make a snow cone, and watch a live bird show. They can take part in the Creation Africa Drum Circle, do crafts and see all sorts of interesting critters. Adults can get advice on gardening and composting, or learn about water and energy conservation.

Kids who dig into the activities will not only get their hands dirty, they’ll be eligible to win prizes for their schools Lug a mug to the event for a free hot beverage or get refreshed with the Region’s water wagon.

Need a ride? A free bus will be picking up participants from Uptown Waterloo from the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Centre at 101 Father David Bauer Drive. The bus will run every half hour beginning at 9:30 am. Try leaving your car behind to reduce your ecological footprint.

Local dignitaries will help plant trees and Mike Farwell, from 570 News, will kick off the event.

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