FLINT — University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint) and Mott Community College (MCC) are once again combining their annual Earth Day and Garden Celebration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16.
The 13th annual community event will be held at the UM-Flint Campus in the Harding Mott University Center, 303 E. Kearsley St. This community wide celebration is free and open to the public. More than 50 local organizations representing the business sector, advocacy and service groups and student organizations from both colleges will be sharing current information on how to care for the Earth.
“Each year we try to build a bigger and better event, adding new features to appeal to educators, students, and adults as well as children. A new feature this year will be acoustical music provided by local musicians whom we hope will add a new exciting tone to the celebration,” said Mike Lane, director of Environmental Health and Safety at UM-Flint.
Many earth friendly topics will be offered by exhibitors and presenters including: alternative energy, recycling, organic gardening, composting, energy efficient transportation, ecological awareness, native plants, rocks and gem displays and live animals. Nature Discovery will again be bringing their extensive collection of reptiles and amphibians, many species are native to Michigan. Visitors are encouraged to interact with and learn about them through several presentations scheduled throughout the day.
For the car buffs, an outdoor car show invites both individuals and auto manufactures to talk with visitors about the latest hybrid and fuel efficient vehicles they have on display. The UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center is holding a fun-filled Earth Egg Hunt for children. University Dining Services will provide a chef demonstration on how to prepare naturally healthy and tasty food.Students and artists of all ages are encouraged to create recycled art to enter in the Recycled Art Competition. Entry forms are printable from the website at www.earthday.mcc.edu. Art entries, along with the completed form, need to be received only on April 16 and no later than 11 a.m. A panel comprised of faculty from the UM-Flint Communications and Visual Art Department will judge the contest. Awards will be presented at the Earth Day Celebration and the art will be exhibited throughout the day.
For more information or to learn to participate in the Earth Day Celebration, visit www.earthday.mcc.edu or call 810-766-6763. — Natalie Blythe