Earth Day events commence this weekend in Stark County and Greater Cleveland.
The Wilderness Center, near Wilmot, will host activities today that will include a cleanup from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a garlic mustard cook-off to prepare the invasive plant at 11 a.m.
If you want to help remove invasive plants, contact Vicki Shoenfelt at email@example.com.
Visitors can meet the center’s new director, Jeff Corney, from 10 a.m. to noon. He comes from the University of Minnesota as the center’s third director, replacing Gordon Maupin, who is retiring after 32 years in charge.
Other activities include a bird walk at 8 a.m., a backpacking/hiking demonstration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a story walk from 2 to 4 p.m. and a program on natural burials at 2 p.m.
The Back Porch Swing Band will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for children 15 and under if accompanied by adults.
The center will also host its 21st annual Foto Fest. It will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
The center is at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township.
For more information, call 1-877-359-5235 or go to www.wildernesscenter.org.
The Cleveland-based Earth Day Coalition will present its 25th annual EarthFest 2014 on Sunday.
It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.
More than 250 exhibitors will be on hand. There will be entertainment and family activities.
EarthFest is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the United States.
Admission is $8 for those 12 and older; $4 for those 2 to 11.
For more information, call 216-281-6468 or www.earthdaycoalition.org.
Parks seek volunteers
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is seeking Earth Day volunteers to help with restoring native habitat April 19. That effort will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The program is being funded by a grant from the National Parks Conservation Association. It will enable the park to purchase 250 native trees and protection to keep away hungry white-tailed deer.
For details, call 330-657-2299 or go to www.nps.gov/cuva and click on Volunteer.
West Park State Park in Portage County will host a shoreline and roadside cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon April 19. Meet at the park’s west boat ramp off Rock Spring Road in Edinburg Township. Due to bridge construction, you must arrive from the south. Bring work gloves. A hot dog cookout will follow the cleanup. For details, call 330-654-4989.
In Wayne County, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center will host the sixth annual Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair on April 22.
The Earth Day event will run from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with speakers, exhibits and more at 1680 Madison Ave.
The Akron Zoo will hold its Party for the Planet on April 26.
It will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 500 Edgewood Ave.
Vendors and exhibitors will be on hand, plus Conrad Conservation, the zoo’s mascot.
Admission is $7 per person. The parking fee is $2.
For more information, call 330-375-2550 or www.akronzoo.org.
Medina County will mark its 18th annual Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 at Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township.
There will be kite-flying demonstrations, live animals, entertainment, kids’ activities and crafts, ecology information, paper shredding, making your own rain barrel and a family fishing derby.
Advance registration is required for making a rain barrel. The fee is $65. Classes will be offered at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 330-722-9322.
There will also be an Earth Day Family Conservation Walk on April 26 at Hubbard Valley Park. Registration is from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
Volunteers are needed April 26 for a cleanup in Adam’s Run Preserve and Haley’s Run Greenway in South Akron from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at Goodyear’s Plant 5 parking lot, 1452 E. Archwood Ave.
The cleanup is part of Keep Akron Beautiful’s activities.
For more information, call 330-657-2378 or 330-864-6033.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.