UM-Dearborn to host free hands-on Earth Day activities on Saturday, April 21

April 2, 2007

DEARBORN / April 2, 2007---Individuals, families and organized groups are invited to participate in a number of hands-on Earth-themed activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the Environmental Interpretive Center on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The “Earth Day Festival: Our Water, Our Earth, Ours to Protect” is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by Friends of the Rouge and UM-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center.

Activities that day will include “Pedaling with the Current,” a family-friendly bicycle tour along the Rouge River from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants should bring their bicycles for a leisurely tour along the Rouge River Gateway Greenways Trail, which runs through the campuses of Henry Ford Community College and UM-Dearborn.

In addition, volunteers are needed to help remove invasive plants that are crowding out native wildflowers and tree seedlings in the campus’s Natural Areas. Garlic mustard is an invasive plant which can threaten showy spring blooms, according to Rick Simek, program supervisor at the Environmental Interpretive Center. The Garlic Mustard removal activity is ideal for groups that are looking to obtain service project hours, and groups of all sizes are welcome to attend and should bring work gloves, he said.

Other activities scheduled that day include “Rouge Aquatic Life,” which will allow visitors to observe insects and other aquatic creatures through microscopes; “Ecosystem in a Cup,” which will allow participants to make and observe a self-supporting living system; “Trip of a Drip Walk,” where participants will walk a moderate amount at a leisurely pace as they follow different drainage paths that connect to the Rouge River; “Animals of the Watershed,” where participants can view live animals, courtesy of the Marshlands Museum at Lake Erie Metropark; and face painting featuring plants and animals found along the Rouge River.

For a full schedule of events and more information about the program, visit http://www.umd.umich.edu/dept/na/newsletter.pdf or call 313-583-6371.

 
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