The Jackson Area Outdoor Coalition invites you to attend the 7th annual Earth Day Festival at Sparks Foundation (Cascades) Park on Sunday, April 21st from 1:00-4:00 pm. This free outdoor event offers fun for the whole family. Over 20 different outdoors-related organizations will be at the Cascades pavilion off of Denton Road with educational displays and hands-on activities ranging from nature crafts, wildlife artifacts, bird-watching hikes around the park, a visit from Smokey Bear, and more!
This year’s festival will include favorite groups and activities from past events, but will also bring in some new local businesses as sponsors and exhibitors. Howell Nature Center will be on hand with a few feathered friends to show off at raptor shows. The shows will be at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. This year’s festival will also have an increased focus on environmental stewardship and volunteer opportunities in the Jackson area. There will even be an opportunity to learn about the invasive garlic mustard plant and help remove it on the park grounds. Bring your garden gloves and join us for the garlic mustard pull at 2:30 pm that day.
The Grand River Environmental Action Team, or G.R.E.A.T., will return this year with their canoes and kayaks to allow visitors to paddle around lagoons, one of the most popular attractions at the festival. The Fitness Council of Jackson will also hold a Bike Round-Up again and will be collecting used bikes and bike parts that day.
The day’s events are only made possible through the incredible generosity of the community of Jackson businesses that believe in and continue to support this event. Our two title sponsors Emmons Service and Little Caesars and second tier sponsor MACI as well as the other contributors make this event truly something to remember.
To learn more about the Earth Day Festival or the Jackson Area Outdoor Coalition, please visit www.jacksonareaoutdoorcoalition.com or call MSU Extension-Jackson County at 517-788-4292 x6.