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Earth Day Celebration

Description

Join us on Earth Day to celebrate! 

Programs will be offered all day beginning at 9am. 

Pre-registration is required for on-site attendees – follow this link to register: https://signup.com/go/DCPsQhb 

Presentations will also be livestreamed here for people unable to attend in person but still hoping to learn. 

Topics include:

- Identifying and removing invasive plants

- Planting a native species and preventing deer browse

- Designing and maintaining rain gardens

- Composting and rain barrel benefits

- City grants available to residents

Nearby restrooms are at the mall. Street parking and limited parking near the shelter. Masks and social distancing continues to be required regardless of vaccination status. 

Event Rain Date: Thursday April 29, 2021

We are completely thrilled to share the following presentations and hands on experience at City of Bloomington - Southeast Park!

- Weed Wrangle: Learn to ID invasive plants through a hands on experience to get a close up look at the plants causing widespread damage in our forests, wetlands, and spreading to your neighbors' yard. We'll be focusing on purple wintercreeper! Weed Wrangles will be led by MC-IRIS and City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation. To learn more, visit mc-iris.org

- City of Bloomington HAND Department will discuss a grant program designed to help neighborhoods promote ecosystem health and encourage native plants. - The Bloomington Environmental Commission will discuss the Bloomington Habitat Connectivity Plan dealing with green infrastructure connectivity and the protection of existing natural spaces. To learn more, visit bloomington.in.gov/boards/environment- Deep Roots Landscape Design will demonstrate how to plant native and prevent deer browsing. To learn more, visit deeprootsgc.com

- City of Bloomington Utilities and Parks & Recreation will discuss local climate change mitigation efforts related to stormwater and how you can help! After the presentation, we'll visit a stream restoration area and discuss how native plants can decrease erosion, reduce runoff, and improve habitat as well as aesthetics. To learn more, visit bloomington.in.gov/utilities/stormwater/grants

- Go Green District-Monroe County Waste Management District will discuss the magic of composting and rain barrels. To learn more, visit gogreendistrict.com

- Friends of Lake Monroe will use a 3D interactive watershed model to demonstrate how fertilizer, pet poop, sediment, and other types of pollution can travel from our homes to nearby bodies of water in order to teach us how we can protect Lake Monroe and other local water bodies. To learn more, visit friendsoflakemonroe.org

- Carbon Neutral Indiana will show us how to reduce our carbon footprint to make a difference. To learn more, visit carbonneutralindiana.org

-Homegrown National Park: A grassroots call-to-action to restore biodiversity. No experience necessary. Start digging and get on the map! The goal is to have 20 million acres of native plantings in the U.S. To view the current map, visit homegrownnationalpark.org/the-map

As a thank you for participating in Earth Day events at Southeast Park, the City of Bloomington will also have a native plant & tree giveaway to share!

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