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Earth Day will be a blowout with your help
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Could there be anything better than being an environmental educator in April, which is Earth Month? Only one thing could make it even better for me: Having 300 volunteers join me on Earth Day.

That is exactly what will happen April 22 — International Earth Day — at the t10th annual Earth Day Celebration from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

You are invited to the afternoon of environmental fun at the YMCA soccer fields at the corner of Mary Lou Drive and Tupelo Trail.

Activities give kids of all ages the opportunity to stretch their brain muscles and see how much they know about our environment.

Our Earth Day is about environmental education disguised as fun. I think Earth Day is for anyone at any age who wants to celebrate the Earth.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel through a storm drain? What about having a pool party at a wastewater plant? You might also have dreamed about being in a human version of the Hungry Hungry Hippo. That’s all available at Earth Day, along with a variety of crafts and gardening fun, music and plenty of interesting displays. Kids can participate in all of the activities. And, frankly, any flexible adults can try them, too. The Journey Through a Storm Drain is one of 75 activities to be offered.

We try to emphasize that little, everyday things can make an incredible difference if we all make wise choices. We encourage interest in all things green.

We plan this celebration with kids of all ages in mind, but particularly for the pint-sized editions. Our secret plan is to start them caring about the environment at a young age. If we can indoctrinate them to take up our "cause," we believe that they will care about our earth forever.

Our partners make the celebration possible: Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, Georgia Power, Coastal and Canoochee EMCs, Liberty County Solid Waste Department, The Heritage Bank, SNF and Hinesville Area Arts Council, as well as government sponsors: Hinesville, Flemington, Allenhurst, Midway and Walthourville, and Liberty and Long counties.

To volunteer, call Keep Liberty Beautiful at 912-880-4888 or email

Swida is the director of Keep Liberty Beautiful.

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