Earth Day offers a bounty of volunteer opportunities in Whatcom County this year

With Earth Day coming up, groups from throughout the county are planning a slew of volunteer events to foster widespread appreciation and preservation of the environment. See what’s scheduled before and on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22:

Dirt Fest at Common Threads Farm: Monday, April 17, 3–5:30 p.m.:

The folks at Common Threads are inviting the public to taste some healthy snacks while planting in the garden. The event features educational booths, music, arts and crafts. To learn more, visit bit.ly/2nUhsaS.

Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit at Whatcom Museum with Whatcom Land Trust: Friday, April 21, 7–8 p.m.:

The Whatcom Museum and the Whatcom Land Trust are sponsoring a free presentation by science teacher and conservationist Harlan Kredit in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. The event is hosted in partnership with the Smithsonian Global Earth Optimism Summit. For more information, visit bit.ly/2oWFbq9.

Earth Day Clean Up on Galbraith Mountain with Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition: Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.:

Volunteers will take to the mountain to clean up garbage and old woodwork. To learn more, visit bit.ly/2nBcm1z.

Earth Day Block Party: Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.:

The Bellingham Farmer’s Market, Sustainable Connections, Aslan and Boundary Bay breweries are combining forces to host the Earth Day Block Party. Vendors, entertainers and more will line the streets of Railroad Avenue for the family friendly event. The block party will also feature live music, free compost, educational seminars, cooking demonstrations, local beer, competitions and more. For more information, visit bit.ly/2o6x9he.

Blessing of the Animals at Windy Acres Farm: Saturday, April 22, noon–2:30 p.m.:

Animals as Natural Therapy invites the public to celebrate animals at the 16th Annual Blessing of the Animals and Open House event. The official blessing takes place at 1 p.m. To learn more, visit bit.ly/2o6tVKz.

My Garden Nursery, Bringing The Farm Home: Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.–noon:

This event offers participants the chance to learn the secrets behind maximizing the production and quality of an organic vegetable garden. To learn more, visit bit.ly/2oFp5BZ.

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